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The Power by Naomi Alderman

Dystopian novels

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1nohrt4me2
Apr 12, 6:13pm Top

May fall under the category of speculative fiction, but certainly has dystopian elements.

Briefly, it is discovered that women are capable of producing electric shocks ... and a lot of them are not afraid use their power for fun, profit, and, well,power.

Explodes/explores traditional ideas of femininity. Has an interesting roster of characters and a nice nod to the way s/he who holds the power writes history.

Very good. In the vein of Margaret Atwood. Seems also to have Atwood's imprimatur, as the author mentions Atwood's encouragement more than once in her acknowledgments.

2avaland
Aug 11, 9:38am Top

>1 nohrt4me2: I've meant to pick that up and read it, but all the hype caused me to estimate (same thing happened with Station Eleven. But with your specific endorsement I may make the move.

32wonderY
Aug 12, 9:40am Top

4PossMan
Edited: Aug 12, 9:48am Top

I bought "The Power" on the strength of having read and enjoyed her two previous books The Liars Gospel and Disobedience. But I'm afraid I didn't enjoy this one and abandoned it part way through. Disappointing after all the hype >2 avaland:: mentions.

5nohrt4me2
Aug 12, 2:17pm Top

>4 PossMan: What turned you off about the book? Always interested in another perspective!

6PossMan
Aug 12, 2:50pm Top

>5 nohrt4me2:: Well I read it very soon after publication so quite a while ago. I think it was probably a failure of credibility. Your OP mentions Margaret Atwood another author whose early books I really liked but have not really been able to engage with her later works such as Maddadam.

7nohrt4me2
Edited: Aug 12, 5:46pm Top

>6 PossMan: I missed any hype about this book, so maybe that helped. I wasn't expecting anything in particular.

Being able to "engage" with a work, I suppose, is somewhat idiosyncratic and hard to explain. There were some mighty rough torture sequences in The Power.

The last novel in the Maddadam trilogy was marred for me by the older protagonist's obsessing over/competing with younger women for the alpha man's attention. But I also get that the post-menopausal woman would have an insecure place in any post-apocalyptic world that carried forward notions about gender.

I think Atwood's "great book" is Alias Grace, hist fic.

8avaland
Aug 14, 4:54pm Top

>6 PossMan: The difference response with the Atwood, I think, is that Maddadam is a dystopian satire, rather than a straight-up dystopia (I prefer the latter myself, but I've still read and enjoyed a fair number of the satirical dystopias during my reading life).

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