The Power by Naomi Alderman : The Mirror of Our Society

Teenage girls worldwide develop a particular ability : skein. Where they can fire electricity through their muscles and inflict pain to others. Slowly, they start to teach the ability to older women. In the wake of the night, the world completely changed and is ruled by women.



I can’t start talking about the other aspects of this book if I don’t mention the characters. They are the keys to this story. We follow different women’s journeys, from sex-trafficking to a British gang’s hangout to a young Nigerian who will fight for gender revolution. They will each made a huge impact on the narratives and lead us to powerful events.


Naomi’s strength resides in alternating between horror and wit. The horror genre is subjective, for some people it can be It by Stephen King, for me horror is something so terrifying that made you realize we’ve been living in it forever.

This is the real power of this novel. It shows us the mirror of our already existing society. Here, the women suddenly rise to power is a metaphor to the powerful people who already own our society. The ones who rise to power and abuse it. The author is using an alternative image to show us the truth.


The humour plays such an important role in the concept of recondition of sexuality. For example, the women have to watch themselves and control their urges to not electrocute their partners. It’s a funny scene in the novel but when you think about it, it tells a different tone. It’s about the urges that can’t be controlled. What if the sex predators of our society see their urges as a concrete painful thing, like an overdose can electrocute their victims, would they be able to control it or worse… will they abuse it to have whatever they want?


With hints of The Handmaid’s Tale, The Power by Naomi Alderman is a very important novel. Whether people like it or not, I think it’s a novel that will challenge our conceptions of power and control. I will recommend this to everybody and please, (like any other books), try to read between the lines and see the hidden messages the author is trying to convey.



Big thank you to Hachette Canada for giving me a free copy to review! 🙂 

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