WINNER OF THE 2017 BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2017 BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION What if the power to hurt were in women's hands? Suddenly - tomorrow or the day after - teenage girls find that with a flick of their fingers, they can inflict agonizing pain and even death. With this single twist, the four lives at the heart of Naomi Alderman's extraordinary, visceral novel are utterly transformed.
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The Hunger Games crossed with The Handmaid's Tale Cosmopolitan Electrifying! Shocking! Will knock your socks off! Then you'll think twice, about everything -- Margaret Atwood The Handmaid's Tale for the Gone Girl generation Grazia A stone cold genius -- Sarah Perry The Power is a subtly funny, lyrical and utterly subversive vision of an impossible future. As all the best visionaries do, Alderman shines a penetrating and yet merciful light on to our present and the so many cruelties in which we may be complicit -- A. L. Kennedy The Power is a fascinating look at what the world might be like if millennia of sexism went the other way...as a whole the narrative feels ingenious...deserves to be read by every woman (and, for that matter, every man) The Times A feminist science-fiction story that's about to make waves Red If you enjoy Margaret Atwood's dystopian fiction, this strong, substantial novel is for you Woman & Home Alderman is a fluent and powerful writer Sunday Times Thought-provoking novel Glamour When we say that The Power is profoundly disturbing and you may well want to argue with it as you read, we mean that in a good way SFX, Five Stars As awesome as it is compulsive Heat, 5 stars What starts out as a fantasy of female empowerment deepens and darkens into an interrogation of power itself, its uses and abuses and what it does to the people who have it Guardian A raw, gutsy slice of speculative dystopia Metro Like the best science fiction, this dystopian feminist fantasy holds up a mirror to the here and now Mail on Sunday A gripping read and a reminder of the true joy of a truly engaging story Stylist Frenetic sci-fi novel Daily Mail Naomi's super-charged, subversive novel...forcing you to rethink everything Psychologies Gripping and disturbing, it pushes the reader - even the confidently feminist reader - to question the assumptions underlying many of the mechanisms that drive relationships between women and men Harper's Bazaar An instant classic of speculative fiction... a big, brash, page-turning, drug-running, globe-trotting thriller... endlessly nuanced and thought-provoking, combining elegantly efficient prose with beautiful meditations on the metaphysics of power, possibility and change Guardian Sci-fi with a feminist twist Jewish Chronicle it is so whipsmart, it is so brilliant, I absolutely loved it, it's going to stay right in the science fiction canon forever...you know it will end up on TV -- Rowan Pelling Very smart, very crisply written -- Christopher Frayling Insightful, thrilling, funny and well-written. Alderman's book is in the tradition of Ursula le Guin, Margaret Atwood, Sheri Tepper and Joanna Russ Daily Telegraph A thrilling narrative stuffed with provocative scenarios and thought experiments. The Power is a blast. Financial Times A brash sci-fi fantasy, clever and coarse, calculated and hectic Observer