'They've got you right where they want you, son. Under the thumb. Believing their crap. Bet a woman's helped you once or twice, right? She's taken care of you, she's looked after you, she protected you when you were in trouble. Well, of course they do that. They want us docile and confused. Old army tactic: if you're only ever an enemy, the people will know to fight you. If you hand out candy to kids and medicine to the weak, you jumble their minds up, they don't know how to hate you. See?'
Obama listed The Power as one of the best books published in 2017. I’m glad that I picked it up, even for that reason alone. In Alderman’s sci-fi novel, teenage girls have developed the ability to emit lethal electric charges from their bodies. Young women can also transfer this power to the older generations. This is a world in which women have the upper hand in all social and political spheres. They are seen as serious professionals while men are viewed as mere objects for sexual pleasure and reproduction. Alderman’s novel does not describe a peaceful transfer of power from men to women. Instead, men are panicked as women often use their newfound abilities for cruel and violent purposes. Women band together to form terrorist organizations, rape other human beings, and encourage genital mutilation. Men are scared to walk on the streets alone, for fear of assault or rape. This book was scary. There’s a lot of very detailed violence. That being said, the concept is pretty thrilling. Glad I finished it.