My husband does this amazingly sweet and charming thing where he buys me new books when we travel. If we have time before getting on a plane and there’s a book store, we’ll stop in. He’s bought me books in airports and train stations alike. So when we had some time to kill in Amsterdam on our way to Paris and he found a bookstore, he came back with one for me.
The Power is a page turning fiction book with a pretty interesting premise. What happens when all the women in the world develop electrical power so strong they can manipulate other people’s bodies? The answer is not so clear-cut.
The book follows four main characters (later branching out to other characters) on this journey beginning on what is called “The Day of the Girls” when this power reveals itself in young girls around the world.
Roxy – a young British girl who learns she has this power while fighting off men who are hired to kill her mother and didn’t expect her to be home. And get this: her father is a top-level mob boss and she has three half brothers who are highly favored. This power opens up possibilities for Roxy that she never considered and changes her relationship with her father dramatically. She is both the youngest and strongest person alive with this power and that makes her very dangerous to a lot of people.
Tunde – a 21-year-old Nigerian student who discovers this power when he tries to hook up with a girl he likes. It simultaneously scares and thrills him but when other women start to display this power he begins to film them and post these videos online. Soon he’s in the thralls of power reporting in the most dangerous war zones all over the world. He considers himself a bit of an insider because he’s privilege to so much information but eventually even this power takes a hold of him.
Margot – an American politician whose ambitions are thwarted time and again by her male counterparts; the power does not come inherently to her. As with most of the older women, Margot has this power woken up in her by her daughter. She struggles with the responsibility of dealing with this new epidemic while at the same time reveling in the confidence it gives her. Musing that she could kill her male counterpart at any time. It would be easy.
Allie – an American orphan who has been abused and sexually molested by her foster parents. Her evolution from loner abuse case to religious figure is all brought by this power she comes into and a voice in her head that’s guiding her along.
I got major Sense 8 vibes (if you haven’t seen this on Netflix yet please do so and fall in love with Wolfgang and thank me later) from this due to the changing landscapes and the different background of the characters. And if you’re worried they are not connected you’re wrong. Luckily you do get an extremely satisfying cross over of these characters towards the end of the book. Overall there’s a bit of satire facing the struggles of the women’s movements. We get moments where men are fighting for equal rights because they are now at the bottom of the food chain. You have the question posed of how many men do you actually need to survive? And then the struggle of controlling the power hunger and the woman who abuse their power.
This book will make you laugh and think and the ending is so poignant and real; it does not disappoint. I highly recommend this book and I’m so glad my husband picked this up for me.
What’s next on your must read list?
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