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10 Books Like ‘The Power’

The Power, although now a Prime Video drama series, was first a book by Naomi Alderman. The novel made waves when it was published in 2016 for its biting feminist critique of gender discrimination and hierarchical social structures.

The Power’s premise is that teenage girls across the world start developing mysterious new powers of electricity, causing a patriarchal world to scramble to adapt. If you’ve read Alderman’s book, you may be interested in picking up more like it. Here, we’ve gathered 10 books like The Power. If we’ve missed any you think should be included, let us know in the comments below!


‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood’s scathing feminist work is a must-read for fans of The Power. Boasting its own TV adaptation, the novel follows Offred’s life as a handmaiden in the oppressive Republic of Gilead, where her value is dictated by her ability to conceive a child.

Like The Power, The Handmaid’s Tale is also a critique of power, but particularly that which religious leaders weaponize to make women conform to their standards and desires.


‘Sea of Tranquility’ by Emily St. John Mandel

Naomi Alderman called Emily St. John Mandel’s Sea of Tranquility–a work of science fiction about simulation theory– “so wise, so graceful, so rich.” 

The work of speculative fiction follows detective Gaspery Roberts’ investigation of an anomaly that allows for time travel.


‘The Parable of the Sower’ by Octavia Butler

Like The Power, Octavia Butler’s The Parable of the Sower is set in our world, but with distinct changes. Set in 2025, Butler’s novel chronicles protagonist Lauren Olamina’s attempts to prepare for the dangers of a world in environmental and social crisis. When a fire forces her outside of her community, Lauren’s survival skills will be put to the test.

Readers of The Power who particularly enjoyed Allie’s storyline will likely resonate with Lauren’s spiritual journey in The Parable as she founds her own religion, Earthseed.


‘The School for Good Mothers’ by Jessamine Chan

If you’re looking for a dystopian novel that focuses primarily on women, take a look at The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan.

In the novel, Frida must prove she’s fit to parent her child after being sent to a rehabilitation center for mothers the state deems incompetent against its harsh standards for women.


‘The Left Hand of Darkness’ by Ursula K. Le Guin

A master of speculative fiction, Le Guin wrote The Left Hand of Darkness, which, similarly to The Power, challenges gender roles and the gender binary.

Le Guin’s famous novel is about human emissary Genly’s time on an alien world, and how his own cultural background informs his experiences with the Gethanian culture.


‘The Edible Woman’ by Margaret Atwood

 

Another novel by Atwood had to feature on our list, due especially to the mentorship and inspiration Alderman received from the author.

The Edible Woman, about a woman who gets engaged and subsequently loses her appetite for everything, touches on power dynamics between men and women, in which the rules are often (metaphorically speaking): eat or be eaten.


‘Red Clocks’ by Leni Zumas

Another feminist dystopian novel, Red Clocks by Leni Zumas follows the lives of several different women in the U.S., where in an alternate reality, abortion has been made totally illegal. 

Naomi Alderman called the novel a “lyrical and beautiful reflection on women’s lives.”


‘Girl, Woman, Other’ by Bernardine Evaristo

Like Alderman, Bernardine Evaristo compiles multiple perspectives to create a feminist work of fiction in Girl, Woman, OtherEvaristo’s 12 stories–of mostly Black and British women–interact with each other to shed light on topics of gender, race, and family.


‘When Women Were Dragons’ by Kelly Barnhill

Similarly to The Power, When Women Were Dragons sees women undergo a startling transformation. Instead of electrical powers, however, Barnhill’s characters sprout the wings and scales of dragons.

The novel is set in the 1950s. After the Mass Dragoning of 1955, in which several women unexplainably become like dragons and fly away, Alex Green is left behind to wonder what the puzzling event means.


‘The Future’ by Naomi Alderman

Last on our list is a book that hasn’t come out yet. But fans of The Power should definitely keep an eye out for Naomi Alderman’s upcoming dystopian fiction release, The Future.

Like The Power, The Future will follow several different characters in a story with social critique about the state of our world. Buckle up for a daring heist plot; The Future will be published on November 7th.


What do you think of our picks? Do you agree? Are there any notable omissions? Let us know in the comments below!

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