I have got kind of into female revenge lately, so I was keen to give this a go. I was also interested in the electric-based powers. It seemed like a really strong concept.
Unfortunately, as I think is the case for most high concept novels, the book fell down for me. I mean, it kept me reading, I was vaguely interested in the characters, but I was expecting to be blown away, and instead it kind of fell flat.
Characters: The characters were interesting and I enjoyed being along for their journeys. I was mildly invested in them, but as a reader, I’m a fan of strong characters that pop off the page and grab my heart. The characters in The Power didn’t do that.
Worldbuilding: The worldbuilding was ok. It had a distinct feel of a dystopic society, but I felt that the change in the way the world and society worked could have been focused on more. There was a lot of potential to develop that and make the book stronger, and it wasn’t done.
Story: It didn’t feel like there was a plot, as such. It was more a snapshot of a few peoples’ lives. It was very individually focused and less about the over-arching big world plot. If this style is something you’re into, then I’d recommend The Power, but it didn’t work for me.
Format: The Power has a cool archivist format. It’s set up as a book someone has written about the history of the world with regards to the change in women and society. There are archival illustrations and emails between the author of the fictional book and a friend/advisor (who I think is the actual author). It’s pretty cool.
Content and Triggers: There is a lot of rape, male rape, assault, torture and gore in this.