I picked this up on impulse because it was marked down 20% at Target. I’d never heard of the author but of course the book has a recommendation from Margaret Atwood herself, and that got my attention. Since I’m also writing a dystopian, I try to keep up with what others are doing.
While this book had an interesting premise, I didn’t care for the ending. I felt the story just stopped but nothing was resolved, not even close. I realize that authors do this on purpose so the reader can draw their own conclusion but I’m not a fan of that kind of ending. I feel like the author easily has two more books worth of story here.
I enjoyed the idea that an innate electric power came to life inside girls and women and the chaos that this awakening caused. It was fun to see how roles changed and how women became violent and in some instances quite savage. It was clever how the author threw in historical references to “the power” throughout her history to suggest that women had always had the ability and that it had only become dormant in modern times.
I felt that the female characters were well rounded and strong in different ways. Roxy was clever, resourceful and by far the strongest in “the power.” Allie/Mother Eve was a real survivor and a charmer. She was able to influence others to the point of setting herself up as the figurehead of a new church with a belief system she created. There were plenty other strong female characters but what I didn’t enjoy was that the author had no redeemable male characters.
The reader spent the most time with Tunde but all he did was follow the women around and film them destroying shit. He was kind of a wimp and didn’t question the motives of groups of savage females even when he saw them murdering men in the woods for the sake of some crazy religious ceremony they created. The only time he became of any interest to me at all was at the very end when he teamed up with Roxy, and that’s only because I like Roxy and I thought she needed a little joy in her life. And that’s the only worthwhile purpose for Tunde, sex toy for whatever woman was around that felt like using him.
The only other men in the story where, Allie’s rapist foster father and then Roxy’s gangster dad that arranged to have her mutilated along with her brother who benefited from said mutilation. So, all real gems here. I just find it unrealistic that every single man would be a total shit.