Docket Page 36 – The Power by Naomi Alderman

CHARGE (What is the author trying to say?): To explore the origins of power.

FACTS: Women and girls discover they possess electric power within their bodies. As incidents of injury and murder come to light, society becomes segregated along gender lines. “The power to hurt is a kind of wealth.” Out of this phenomenon springs a new religion – does the power originate from God or Satan? As women consolidate their power, a group called “Male Power” grows up in opposition. Is this all leading up to a gender war? How many men are actually necessary? “Power doesn’t care who uses it.” Is this history or prophecy? The book seems excessively violent. While the book doesn’t inspire a great love or a great hate, it does make you think.

VERDICT (Was the author successful?): Guilty, as charged. A rather dystopian look at power.

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