The Power – Book Review

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Published Date: October 27, 2017

Publishing Co.: Viking

Pages: 341

Synopsis link to Goodreads.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

If you want to follow the short road from liberated to disgusted, then this is your book. I don’t mean disgusted in the book, but where people take their power in the end.

The effects of war continue generations later in new, unimaginable ways. Thanks to chemical agents in the world wars that caused a genetic mutation, women have gained the ability to produce electricity from their fingertips. The balance of power shifts from women to men all over the world. Men were not ready for this possibility.

The liberating part; women escaping their oppressors. Women chained in basements in sex trafficking countries, killing and escaping their captors. Women turning the tables across the globe. A revolution among womankind.

The disgusting/disturbing part; how quickly women become the oppressors. I would really like to think that if women ran the world, it would be different, more compassionate. That’s what I would like to think but very well may not be the reality. In this book, that’s definitely not the case. Men become the controlled ones, needing a woman’s permission to do anything. Slaughtered and raped simply because they are men and no longer have the power.

This is definitely a powerful book, all puns intended. The women that we follow through this revolution all come from different backgrounds, all have different parts to play in the making of a new world. The one male prospective that we follow allows us to see the fear of a new world order, the losing of one’s rights.

While this is a fairly serious novel, there are plenty of parts with cheeky humor. The author pulls no punches when it comes to describing just how unbalanced the world is for women and displays beautifully I think, how quickly men fall a part and resort to violence when their power is threatened. People could definitely benefit from reading this book.

16 thoughts on “The Power – Book Review

  1. I know I definitely benefited from reading this book. I too would like to think that women would do a better job of ruling the world but we’re only human too.

    I really love how the author covers all kinds of women, not just the ‘everywoman’, and takes their time covering how the balance of power shifts. I’d like to think that, by the end, everyone has learned their lesson and will make better decisions to move the world on to a better place but, then again, probably not.

    I really liked the book a lot but I’m not entirely sure how to put all the thoughts I have about it into words. I might need to reread it at some point.

  2. I meant to read this in Feb, but never gotten around to it.
    Loved your review!

    There were so many studies on how power affects people, and i’m with you in thinking maybe they could be wrong, but this might be wishful thinking.

  3. I’d like to think we’d be better based on the studies of matriarchies and how they operate, but there are so few of them that there’s no way of knowing how it would work widespread. There’s also the bitterness factor to take into account. If matriarchy became toxic in the same way as patriarchy, it’s still just as toxic.

    This sounds like a more serious version of this book I read back in high school called “If I Pay Thee Not in Gold,” which was about a world where only women could do magic, and it went just as you’d expect. I’m all for taking back your own autonomy, but not taking away that of anyone else in the process.

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