This book has been sitting on my bedside table for months… and I have been making my way through the pile with the sneaking suspicion that this would be amazing.
It was. This is the best book I have read this year.
The Power imagines a world where women begin to demonstrate a capacity to cause pain via electric shock via touch. First a few teenage girls cause pain and injury to those around them, but gradually they discover a capacity to wake the power up in each other. Some have tremendous capacity, some learn ways to control, master, use and abuse it.
It causes a dramatic shift in the power structure of society on all levels – politics, religion, and the armed forces.
The narrative follows a few select characters witnessing and in fact shaping events that create an entirely new society – one based on female domination and complete subjugation of men. No longer the weaker sex, I would argue that women do to men all that they have been subjected to across history – and more.
It’s a frightening but completely absorbing vision that asks us to acknowledge the transformative nature of power and how absolutely it can corrupt everyone.
The ending of the story is brilliant, as is framed equally as cleverly as a work of historical research looking back at the events that framed their civilisation by a tentative male author, and an understanding female critical friend – and even in this relationship is the dynamic of men and women explored.
This is everything – smart, well-paced and incredibly readable. This is worthy of the award it received and the acclaim it is starting to get.