All over the world women are discovering they have The Power. With a flick of the fingers they can inflict pain – even death. Suddenly every man on the planet finds they’ve lost control. The days of the girls has arrived – but where will it end?
Winner of the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize For Fiction, The Power is a dystopian future novel basically about angry feminists with electrocuting powers via a skein in their collar bones that can cause pain and even death.
The novel is told via four different characters perspectives.
Roxy – The daughter of a criminal gangster, her power is very strong.
Allie – An orphan who uses her power to create a religious cult
Tunde – An inspiring male reporter.
Margot – A Mayor in part of America who is hiding her power to stay high up in politics.
Seeing this new world through their eyes you understand how “The Power” is affecting religion, politics, criminals, terrorism and world news. I liked the different perspectives in this sense but a lot of the characters I really just didn’t connect with. Particularly Margot, I felt the book could of done without her and I personally don’t enjoy politics at all so her chapters felt so dull. My favourite character was probably Tunde, the only main male role in the book. He had the most action, thrilling parts of the story and the fact he went round the world seeing what was happening with the women in other countries, getting caught in terrorist attacks and angry riots, he really gave the book a lot of pace and excitement!
I was very surprised and slightly shocked on how sexual the book was. There was a couple of parts where women were raping men…. I found this really awkward and hard to read. There was a lot of sexual parts as some of the men liked feeling the pain but then women took advantage of this. I just felt like one rape scene would of been enough it was over used and personally made me feel uncomfortable.
Roxy and Allie were the main two female leads. I quite enjoyed reading about Roxy and her gangster life with her dad, the way she used her power to basically control a drug trafficking ring was pretty exciting. Nearer the end of the novel her chapters become more thrilling and I really warmed to her. Allie on the other hand I just ended up hating, she became this kind of “Jesus” woman using her power to basically make a religious cult. I wasn’t quite sure about her and didn’t particularly care for her.
I felt this was another book that had a great concept but didn’t execute it well enough. I loved the book at first and the end of the book was exciting but the middle was a massive lull and nothing was really happening, loads of chapters could of been cut out to be honest. I wanted the women to go mental and rebel loads but it just felt a bit meh.
I understand this book is supposed to be empowering to women and I’m sure many women enjoyed reading it. I liked the beginning and end but the main bulk of the novel was just meh and dragged on a lot. When I was reading it the Beyonce song “Run the World” kept getting stuck in my head, I feel like this would be a great song to play if it was ever turned into a film. I’m not sure where I stand with this book I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it, but I felt like I should of loved it more. If the book was just Roxy and Tunde’s perspective I think I would of loved it a lot more. Also I got a bit annoyed as all the women basically used their power for “evil” drug trafficking, rape, religious cults and murder. Where was the good? Why did no one use their power for something positive? Though lets face it that would make it even more dull… I just thought women would be more productive and creative in the way they used their powers.
Have you read The Power? Did you love it or hate it? What characters did you connect with? Thanks for readingKatie x