Travel Thursday: The Power

Travel Thursday is a weekly bookish meme that combines two of my favorite things: reading and traveling. The goal is to choose a book that took you somewhere new (or somewhere you’d like to visit again)!

I would love to read more about everyone else’s literary travels as well! So here are some general guidelines for Travel Thursday if you’d like to participate!

The Rules:
  1. Every Thursday (or any Thursday you want to participate), choose a book that features somewhere you’d like to travel to! It could be somewhere you’ve never been before or somewhere you’d like to visit again.
  2. Include a description of the location and why you’d like to visit!
  3. Link back to me so I can find new blogs to follow (and add new places to my travel bucket list)!

The Power

  • Author: Naomi Alderman
  • Series: N/a
  • Year of publication: 2016
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Setting(s): England; Nigeria; Wisconsin (USA); Saudi Arabia; India; Moldova
  • Goodreads Synopsis:

In The Power the world is a recognisable place: there’s a rich Nigerian kid who lounges around the family pool; a foster girl whose religious parents hide their true nature; a local American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But something vital has changed, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power – they can cause agonising pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world changes utterly.

This extraordinary novel by Naomi Alderman, a Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year and Granta Best of British writer, is not only a gripping story of how the world would change if power was in the hands of women but also exposes, with breath-taking daring, our contemporary world.

The Power by Naomi Alderman

Thoughts and Photos

This was such a fascinating book. I listened to the audiobook in fall of 2018, and was so captivated by it. Honestly, at first I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. There are many different characters and settings, and that can often be confusing in an audiobook format since it’s a lot to keep track of. It was also different than any story I had ever read before. But when I got to the end, I just literally couldn’t stop thinking about it. It’s one I’m still thinking about three years later.

This book really takes you on a tour of the world (granted, a futuristic and speculative version of it, but still). This is in large part because of one of the characters, Tunde Edo, who is a journalist that travels around the world documenting women and their growing powers. His scenes from Nigeria and India (among others) are some that I can still picture clearly in my mind today.

It has been a while since I’ve read this one, so I apologize if I left out any settings! But here are some images of the many places around the globe you get to travel to through reading The Power.

Welcome to London: art, culture and shopping | VisitBritain
London, England (Photo by Visit Britain)
The complete guide to Nigeria
Nigeria (Photo by World Travel Guide)
Why Madison, Wisconsin Attracts More Millennials Than Any Other City |  Inc.com
Wisconsin, USA (Photo by Inc. Magazine)
Forecasting Saudi Arabia's economy amid a global pandemic - Economist  Intelligence Unit
Saudi Arabia (Photo by Economist Intelligence Unit)
Facebook, WhatsApp, Google and other internet giants comply with India's IT  rules | TechCrunch
India (Photo by TechCrunch)
Moldova celebrates 26 years of Council of Europe membership - Newsroom
Moldova (Photo by http://www.coe.int)

I’ve never been to any of these places in real life before, only in books! One of my travel goals is to visit all 50 U.S. states, so hopefully I’ll make it to Wisconsin at some point. I’d also really like to go to England! Honestly, I’d just like to go somewhere right now, it’s been so long since I’ve traveled anywhere!

I wonder… Where in the world will my next book take me?

Leave a comment below describing your most recent literary travels!

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