This novel has a really fantastic concept. It is set none specifically sometime around the present and then takes us forward a few years into the future so we can see the effect of the changes the world has faced. It begins as teenage girls all over the world begin developing a power, they can generate electricity from their hands which they can use as a weapon to give people electric shocks. First it is just teenage girls and then they find they are able to awaken the power in older women and baby girls begin to be born with the power. The novel follows a handful of characters from different parts of the world, mostly women but also one man, as they adjust to the new reality.
The novel is obviously all about gender relations. How would the world look if women not men were the physically stronger sex? The idea suggested is that the root of male dominance is superior physical strength and that if this were taken away in all cases, not just in some cases as it is now (we all know some physically strong and tough women and some physically weak men but these tend to break the overall pattern), gender relations would be transformed and women would be the dominant gender in all parts of the planet. It also suggests that it would alter gender behaviour and roles in ways not even directly related to physical strength or power. The whole idea really makes you think!
In terms of weaknesses I felt once the concept had been introduced the novel really went off the boil. I didn’t find any of the characters tremendously interesting and the middle section of the book became rather dull. It picked up a bit at the end when there were quite a few exciting and harrowing action sequences as men in parts of the world decided to try and fight back against the new reality.