"The Power" by Naomi Alderman
I read The Power over New Year's this year and am still in awe of it. There's absolutely no doubt in my mind why this book was listed on NPR's Best Books of 2017, on President Obama's must reads, and one of Entertainment Weekly's Ten Best Books of 2017 ... it's phenomenal. I gave it a 5 🌟rating on Goodreads with no hesitation.
Claire's Review: The book takes an initially unbelievable premise and turns it into a compelling commentary on the corruption of power. In the novel, women discover their ability to send electric shocks through their hands, a skill that starts shifting the power dynamic from men toward women. Across the globe, women are awakening the ability and using it to take back control from abusive men, both on a personal level in their homes and on the political stage. Horrified at what they're seeing across the globe, authorities work to find a "cure" for the electric power that women now possess.
Gender roles and dynamics undergo a complete reversal in this story and it's impossible not to be shocked by the world that Alderman creates. The Power leaves the reader thinking about whether corruption is inherently linked to power and whether women would indeed fall into the same brutal patterns that we've seen in history from men with absolute power.
I'll leave you with a quote from an NPR interview with the Ms. Alderman:
"People say to me, 'Ah, your novel is a dystopia.' And I say ... 'It's only a dystopia for the men.' And in my world, nothing happens to a man that is not happening to a woman in the world we live in today. So if we find my world to be a dystopia, then we are already living in a dystopia."