The Power by Naomi Alderman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
To say I enjoyed the Attwood light tone of this book sounds denigrating, but it's not meant that way. There is a refreshing energy to it and not just the electricity that flows through the girls and then women in the book, but a restless playfulness too. Alderman has a good ear for dialogue, a sharp sense of humour and paints some broad and enjoyable characters.
There are issues though. The like for like flip from male power to females in charge may have been a point in itself but it felt like a missed opportunity for something a little more creative and insightful. The same may be true of the treatment of sexual abuse - rape felt no less horrific in this book and that's as it should be - but again it felt as if there might have been a chance to say something more complex.
Even so, this is a welcome addition not just to just feminist flavoured sci-fi but as a novel without any qualifiers.
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