Teaser Tuesday: The Power

Teaser Tuesday

My next read received the Bailey’s Women’s prize for fiction and was originally published in the UK in 2016, but the North American edition was released just a few months ago. I became aware of this book through my infrequent participation in Emma Watson’s GoodReads group, Our Shared Shelf, which features books and essays about equality. Although I didn’t partake in the read-along for The Power, I’m looking forward to checking out the discussion boards for thoughts/opinions when finished.

TEASER TUESDAY is a weekly book meme hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can join, just open your current read to a random page and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences (no spoilers, just enticing bait to lure would-be readers) and share them in a blog post or in the comments.

The Power | Naomi Alderman, 382 pgs.

The Power

“You’ve been skimming Steve.”

He tries to shake his head, to gabble, No, no, no, you’ve got it wrong, it weren’t me, but she presses the pain into his wrist so he thinks she’s going to crack it open. p.177

Considered mildly controversial due to it’s the-tables-have-turned-and-now-women-wield-the-world’s-power plot line, I thought it a fascinating choice for Women’s History Month empowerment reads. Two cover blurbs that sparked my interest: the top by master of women’s fiction, Margaret Atwood, and a blurb by Cosmopolitan claiming, “The Hunger Games crossed with The Handmaid’s Tale.” Sounds intense, guess I’m in.

This book got off to a promising start, but I hit pause to read Scythe, worried they might be too similar to read simultaneously. Both have dystopian (or utopian, depending on your perspective) plot elements and are considered speculative fiction. However, Scythe reveals it’s story with straightforward sharp focus while The Power zig-zags between characters, years, narratives, ‘historical documents’ and moments of ever-escalating tension. I will pick it up again this week and take a Teaser Tuesday break in April while I dive into my non-fiction list. Until next time, what are you reading and loving?

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