What would happen if women suddenly possessed a fierce new power?
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.
Winner of Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2017.
One of the New York Times's Ten Best Books of 2017A Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2017
One of the Washington Post's Ten Best Books of 2017An NPR Best Book of 2017
One of Entertainment Weekly's Ten Best Books of 2017
A Bustle Best Book of 2017
A Paste Magazine Best Novel of 2017
A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2017
Winner of the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction
One of President Obama's favorite reads of 2017
"The Power is our era's The Handmaid's Tale." --Ron Charles, Washington Post
"Novels based on premises like the one at the core of The Power can quickly become little more than thought experiments, but Alderman dodges this trap deftly -- her writing is beautiful, and her intelligence seems almost limitless. She also has a pitch-dark sense of humor that she wields perfectly." --Michael Schaub, NPR
A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice
An Amazon Best Book of 2017
**WINNER OF THE 2017 BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION**
The Handmaid's Tale for the Gone Girl generation --Grazia
A stone cold genius -- Sarah Perry
The Hunger Games crossed with The Handmaid's Tale --Cosmopolitan
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
Electrifying! Shocking! Will knock your socks off! Then you'll think twice, about everything -- Margaret Atwood
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
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
It's a feminist dystopian page-turner of a thriller and I'm IN LOVE with it -- Marian Keyes
Naomi Alderman is the author of three previous novels: Disobedience, The Lessons and The Liars' Gospel. She has won the Orange Award for New Writers and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. She was selected for Granta's once-a-decade list of Best of Young British Novelists and Waterstones Writers for the Future. She presents Science Stories on BBC Radio 4, she is Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and she is the co-creator and lead writer of the bestselling smartphone audio adventure app Zombies, Run!. She lives in London.