The Power

“The Power” takes on the question, if the roles were reversed and women were in power, how would things work out? In “The Power," young girls suddenly have the ability to deliver electric shocks. They have the ability to also awaken the same power in some older women. This new development in power shifts a change throughout the world. The story is told from 4 perspectives: Roxy, a teenager from England; Ally, a teenager from America; Margot, a single parent from America; and Tunde, an aspiring journalist from Nigeria.

In the beginning, the book explores what the shift in this new power means. Men are terrified seeing women use this new power and try to restrict and limit the use of their power. The story is strong in the beginning, but I wish this story was told from only one perspective. I felt like the story would have been more powerful and focused. My attention waned in the middle because of the multiple storylines being told at once.

I guess I thought there would be an epiphany at the end because of the subject, but it never came for me. The author oversimplified so many subjects, such as the dynamics between men and women. The concept of 'The Power' is intriguing and fascinating, but I feel like the book didn't tell the full story of any of the characters and tried to simplify a complex subject matter, which just did not work. I still feel like the story was interesting to read...especially to see how Alderman played out women in power, but the story was unfocused and needed more work. The story took on an incredibly relevant subject that is important to discuss especially in our current worldwide political climate. I had just hoped for a story on par of ' The Handmaid's Tale'.



Tanbir Minhas