The Power

The Power

Our book group choice for July 2017 is The Power by Naomi Alderman. The world is a recognisable place: there’s a rich Nigerian kid who larks around the family pool; a foster girl whose religious parents hide their true nature; a local American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family.

But something vital has changed, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power – they can cause agonising pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world changes utterly.

Discussion Questions The Power

  1. What did you think about the lead characters – Allie, Roxy, Margot and Tunde? What role in the structure of the story did each of them play?
  2. Do you think the scenario played out in a plausible manner?
  3. Did you find the periphery male characters believable?
  4. What did you think of the use of the commentary between the TV presenters / Daniel and Margot to illustrate the process of gender role-reversal?
  5. How important was religious belief and religious institutions to the story?
  6. What do you think Allie’s internal voice actually was?
  7. Violence is a key theme in the book, was there too much emphasis on these extreme examples of human behaviour?
  8. Did you think the emails between Naomi and Neil which sandwich the book were necessary?
  9. What did you think of the artefact pictures?

Individual Comments

DKB’s Rating: A book of inspiring ambition, there’s no question that the premise and conceit is an intriguing narrative hook that draws you in. More like a YA novel, the opening is compelling but, sadly, yields to gravity in the end: the promise cannot be sustained and it drowns under its own weight.

DKB's Rating ★★★☆☆ 

Willow's Rating ★★★☆☆ 

Catherine's Rating ★★★☆☆ 

Baljit's Rating ★★★★☆ 

EmmaT's Rating ★★★☆☆