Naomi Alderman’s latest bestseller is an intriguing and highly inventive piece of speculative fiction that dares to ask the question: What would happen if women were suddenly granted strength through their genes, thus flipping the societal power structure?
Seen through four points of view — a Mayor, a a Nigerian boy with aspirations to be a reporter, a British girl borne of crime, and a mixed girl from an adopted family that isn’t what she expects — this narrative unfolds at a brisk clip, and Alderman expertly gives the reader a sense of the sheer magnitude of this power, these changes. Revolutions begin. Wars are fought. Regimes fall, only to be replaced with new ones. All the once seemingly permanent rules of society are rewritten. And it’s breathtaking to bear witness to.
A fitting read for the current global political climate, this is an enthralling and important read. I couldn’t put it down, and I suspect you won’t be able to, either.