Genres: Speculative Fiction, Science Fiction, Thriller
I first saw The Power on the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, which I follow on Twitter and it had caught my attention before winning – and once it won, I bought the book almost immediately.
The Power is a speculative fiction which tells the story of what would happen if one day, women woke up to have the power to send electricity through their fingers, making them physically stronger than men.
This book is so smart. It starts out intriguing enough as women in a world just like ours start, one by one, realizing they have now this new power. The fear, the confusion, the hurt and the curiosity are so well portrayed – I was immersed into the world. I loved all main characters, their voices each very different from one another. It’s told from multiple point of views, and it’s perfect like that. Each character has a very different story to tell.
It does get a bit slower in the middle, but somewhere around 60% it picks up pace again and I refused to put this book down until I was done. Its political intrigue was so well done, the shift in the way women and men speak and behave. The cruelty that is inherent to both, the goodness, too. What if feels like to walk around afraid. I did wish there had been more exploration of what happened in the romantic area – did men and women still date each other or once they felt a shift in power they started more homosexual relationships? Did intersex people have the skein too? I think more LGBT+ representation would have been fantastic to see in this context, but that is okay and didn’t bother me much.
I am deeply impressed by this book and recommend it if you like speculative fiction!