TGIF! Another week gone and over. The weekend is here. But first, it’s time for a brand new Fast Friday review. This week, I picked The Power by Naomi Alderman. I read this earlier this year, after getting it recommended through Twitter. It helped that the e-book version was just a couple of Euro’s. I love a good book bargain. This was a far better book than last week’s Fast Friday.
Thank you Goodreads, for providing me with this:
In The Power the world is a recognisable place: there’s a rich Nigerian kid who lounges around the family pool; a foster girl whose religious parents hide their true nature; a local American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But something vital has changed, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power – they can cause agonising pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world changes utterly.
This extraordinary novel by Naomi Alderman, a Sunday TimesYoung Writer of the Year and Granta Best of British writer, is not only a gripping story of how the world would change if power was in the hands of women but also exposes, with breath-taking daring, our contemporary world.
Give it to me fast
Author: Naomi Alderman
Year of publication: 2016
Rating on Goodreads: 3.89
What I would rate it: 3.5
Why is it a Fast Friday? I feel like others can write a better review on this. There are already a lot of strong reviews out there. Just pick an average 3-3,5 review and that’s probably my opinion as well.
Explain the title: Suddenly, young girls and women find they have a mysterious power. That power has the, ahem, power to change the world.
Favorite character: Roxy, the British daughter of a gangster. She had the best chapters and I really liked her character development. She’s a total badass.
Tell me something I might not know: Naomi Alderman is also responsible for the iPhone app Zombies, Run! She co-created that fitness app, which let’s you run as if you were running away from zombies. It’s the perfect way to stay/get in shape.
You should read this if you like: feministic books or feministic takes on stories.
However complicated you think it is, everything is always more complicated than that.
Give it to me a bit longer
I actually thought that the conversations around the actual story, let’s call them the writer’s notes, were the best part of the book. I didn’t adore the story part as much as some others did, though it’s certainly a very compelling and extremely interesting tale. No, what got me the most were those ‘writer’s notes’ and most particularly, the very end of them. I won’t spoil them for you, as it kinda holds a final plottwist. But it blew me away and that part alone I would give five stars.
The Power is a very fast read. It’s not a big book so you’ll get through it in no time. It also helps that each part is set in a certain time period and that each main character only has one chapter per time period. That makes it fast, but at the same time, there isn’t a lot of room for a lot of depth. I also didn’t really like the ‘pictures/photographs’ throughout the book. It gave away too much of the ‘surprise.’ I would still recommend you read this though. It’s interesting, captivating and if nothing else, it makes you think.