Reading | Naomi Alderman’s The Power

Today I want to launch a new category of posts on the blog, I want to talk about the books I’m reading. As I’m currently looking for a job that I’m not finding, I have a lot of time to read. But I don’t necessarily do it. I’ve therefore decided to spend more time with books, to read them, but also to share with you what I’ve read.

That’s not to say that we’re not going to talk about makeup anymore, obviously, but I want to talk about more things and share more with you, as I have already when I’ve posted about our flat, my travels or my recipes.

The book I want to talk about today is that last one I’ve read and is called The Power by Naomi Alderman.

I’m not going to keep the suspense for longer, it had been a long time since I’d been so disappointed by a book. I stumbled upon a few reviews online and found words about this books that really speak to me: feminism, inspiring, empowering, etc.

I think that my expectations play a big role in my disappointment. The book has many small chapters in which you follow an array of characters (mostly female) across the world through the same events.

In a world where women can hurt men, and even kill them just by touching them, we’re supposed to get a glimpse of what it would be like if women had the power rather than men. If patriarchy was to die. But this book isn’t a utopia (as you might guess) but a dystopia.

That on its own wouldn’t be such a problem. A good dystopia is a worthwhile read and I, for instance, really liked (and profoundly hated) George Orwell’s 1984. But when it comes to The Power I don’t understand it.

I think that that’s the reason this post is so short, I don’t understand this book. I don’t understand what the point of this dystopia is, what the message is. I don’t understand what the different characters and what happens to them represent. And I don’t understand the gruesome and very details violence.

That being said, considering the series that are popular at the moment, it seems like gruesome violence is something that other people really like. And I know that I’m a wuss and I do everything I can not to watch anything like that. But even trying to read the book and ignoring the violence, I don’t understand what it’s trying to say.

In my opinion, it’s only another example of a society that doesn’t work at all and when I’d finished this book after a long night of being unable to sleep I closed it for the last time, baffled and disgusted. I couldn’t understand why everyone liked it so much.

If you’ve read and enjoy it, I’d be really curious to hear your opinion in the comment below. Like I said, I’m profoundly disappointed but maybe I’m missing something.