Sunday, 17 December 2017
THE POWER by Naomi Alderman
As women become more powerful they of course begin to abuse their power. I was surprised how random and brutal it seemed when they force men to stay home (they are described as 'dead-eyed') though that is common in many cultures today for women. There is also a horrible rape scene, which reminded me how rarely one reads about that kind of violence against men. Thrillers are usually full of tortured and dead young women, so this was a fun (?) inversion too.
The book tries to resolve by having a global war. Let's ignore that. The fun is the premise, which worryingly, for me, read a bit like wish-fulfilment. I guess everyone wants to be on the winning side.