The Power (Hardcover)

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Girls suddenly develop the power to send electrical charges through their fingers. As the power grows worldwide and girls teach older women how to develop it themselves, several women gain key political and religious positions and political unrest heightens to critical levels. The ending is thrilling, shocking, and thoroughly unsettling, and will challenge your beliefs about the roles of men and women in society. Brilliant!

— Kay Wosewick


In THE POWER, the world is a recognizable place: there's a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power--they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets.

From award-winning author Naomi Alderman, THE POWER is speculative fiction at its most ambitious and provocative, at once taking us on a thrilling journey to an alternate reality, and exposing our own world in bold and surprising ways.

About the Author

Naomi Alderman is the author of The Liars' Gospel and Disobedience, which won the Orange Prize for New Writers, has been published in 10 languages, and is being made into a film by Rachel Weisz. She was selected for Granta's once-a-decade list of Best of Young British Novelists and was chosen by Margaret Atwood to be part of the Rolex Mentor and Protege Arts Initiative. She is the co-creator and lead writer of the bestselling smartphone audio adventure app, Zombies, Run! She contributes regularly to the Guardian and presents Science Stories on BBC Radio 4. She lives in London.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316547611
ISBN-10: 0316547611
Publisher: Little Brown & Co
Publication Date: October 10th, 2017
Pages: 400
Language: English