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3.70  ·  Rating details ·  110 ratings  ·  33 reviews
What would happen if women and girls joined their unique abilities together to change the world? In a world where access to the written word is reserved to men, Andra BetScrivener has been able to read and write ever since she was a little girl without anyone teaching her. She must keep her abilities a secret in the country of New North, or she could lose her hands
Paperback, 291 pages
Published December 1st 2014 by Word Hermit Press
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J. Schlenker
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Lisa A. Kramer's P.O. W. ER speaks volumes to young women, and hopefully old women, like myself. We all have superpowers we let get rusty. The main superpower is words. What I got as the main message from this book is the power of words. But will we use words to their greatest advantage?

Quote from book: "You do it by writing to inspire," Dad said. "Use your words to bolster the abilities others already have,..."

Vibration is creation. Vibration comes from words. Words create. Why did the ancient
Rebecca Haidet
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book though a Goodreads Contest.


If I didn't have to start classes I would have finished this book right after I received it. As soon as I started this book I knew it was going to be a good one. This is something this generation of women need to read. We might not have some of the powers listed in the book but each of us have the power to change something if we all work together. This author brought Andra to life right in front of me. I related to her, without wr
Cameron Garriepy
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indies
Welcome to New North, a near-future splinter-nation of a once-great democracy. A walled-off, totalitarian, patriarchal theocracy in which centralized wealth, rigid social castes, legislated segregation and discrimination, and technological reversion leave women powerless, denied the written word, kept as chattel by men: fathers, husbands, or the state.

We meet Andra BetScrivener on her seventeenth birthday, a day on which she is welcomed to womanhood by the Ministry, reminded that she must choose
Helena Hann-Basquiat
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. It's everything many modern dystopian novels try to be but end up falling short of because they get distracted by trying to pander to audiences who demand that there be a love triangle, a vampire, a werewolf, and a bland teenager. Instead, we have a powerful, brave protagonist in Andra BetScrivener -- a truly inspiring heroine who absolutely DOES NOT BEND in her conviction, even when the reader might have cut her some slack.
Imagine the sense of power you would feel if
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lisa Kramer’s P.O.W.E.R. is a unique and imaginative story of a country where women are not allowed to express their individuality, intelligence or power, at the hands of the men who govern. Threatened by suspicions that women are gifted with intelligence and special powers, they forbid all women access to the written word and control their every move. Kramer takes us on a suspenseful and believable journey as Andra, the main character, risks her life as well as the life of her loved ones, in or ...more
Kristie Schmidt
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, ya-dystopia
LIsa Kramer's P.O.W. ER is a welcome addition to the YA dystopia family. Featuring a smart, linguistically talented female protagonist, Kramer novelly introduces a non-violent approach to solving the problem of fascist overloads, one that instead emphasizes intelligence and cooperation over brute force. She dares to point her finger solidly at religious extremism, misogyny, and an undervaluing of creativity, the arts, and individualism as dire perils to democracy. One can't help but notice that ...more
Arlene Mullen
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Andra turns 17 and it basically means her life is over. She has to either marry by 18 or join the woman's school.
In the new north woman are not allowed to read or do anything except car for their man.
Andra though has a special talent. What she writes cones true. Brian tries to keep her safe but when the secret comes out, everyone wants her.
I loved andra! She has such fire and passion. She has this amazing gift and is still so real. I loved Andra’s dad love for her. He wants to keep her safe but
Laurence King
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A captivating read and beautifully-written debut! P.O.W.E.R is about women embracing their own power and confronting a government determined to keep them oppressed and under the control of men. It’s about human connections and what happens when those are severed. A genre bender, the book celebrates friendship, loyalty, and women (and men) working together to achieve their dreams and make the world a better place. A highly enjoyable story that lingered with me long past the last page.
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It was amazing. It had so many details that I could picture every single thing. Also, I actually can see this as a movie in the future. I hope other tween/teens will read this. Yes it is YA but I think tween/teens can read this empowering book. We've got the P.O.W.ER!!!!!!!! P.O.W= Prisoner of War & Power of Women. ...more
Anna Nesbitt
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wish I had been able to read this engaging, adventurous story as a young person trying (pretending?) to be an adult. I can remember many times when I needed to hear that being different, being a wordworm like Andra BetScrivener, can be a source of strength and power. I appreciated how this novel celebrates girls and women with all their differences, oddities, and unique, remarkable strengths. The writing is at times warm, at times playful and precise to create characters that rise off the page ...more
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Such empowering content!.

You've got the oppression, the sexist vibe, the feminist counteract, and the those in favor of equality.

This held so much controversial stuff, It was like having your favorite breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But your pig-headed older brother eat your portion, therefore leaving you hungry. Well, that's exactly how I felt. Hungry, For what? For some change. For the bad to end in good. Not to have corrupt ministers use religion to justify the means. To just put every bad thin
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
An easy read, with an interesting insight on a controlled society where women are highly monitored.

The story followed Andra, a 17 years old girl, brought up in a way against rules controlling women lives. She joined a rebel movement, a wise decision as she’s not the only one to try to change things. She’s surrounded by women and men eager of gender equality, which kept balance in the story. However, this was a smooth revolution, there were few real dangers and if there were threats, they never j
Jan 30, 2016 rated it liked it
It's quite a shame. The premise of this book - a world where men are in power and women are forbidden to read or write - was intriguing, especially the idea that there are, of course, women who do those things and then find out they have special abilities that arguable elevates them above their male counterparts. The problem is that the writing is just too simplistic and amateur. I was in no means invested in the characters or the small inkling of romance that was hinted at. I was increasingly f ...more
Jannatha Coffin-Malia
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
P.O.W.ER is a fascinating look into the not so distant future where women are not allowed to read and write. While I hope our society never comes to this, Lisa A. Kramer's debut novel shows how frightening the world would be for women living with such a reality. Andra BetScrivener is one of my favorite characters in recent fiction. She's spunky, determined, and learns how to use her formidable power to change her society. In our current world, where young women are bombarded by mixed messages an ...more
Mary Schroth
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lisa Kramer's debut novel is an empowering and entertaining read, and though it has a YA feel to it, its themes are socially significant and include critical content that is mature enough for older audiences to enjoy as well. This piece of feminist fiction is a must-read for adolescent girls, as it inspires women to speak up and be unafraid in a male-dominated culture. Today's young women need to be taught the vital lesson that this book promotes-- that women are equally as capable as their male ...more
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Imagine where our world will be in 20 yrs. It's hard to grasp with the news media sensational portrayal of our current world and the political climate of the United States. The future world in P.O.W.ER could come from this. Each and everyone of us can take a message to the necessity of: being good, learning, and working with our fellow person. There are well developed characters that interact in this future country of New North. Other reviews have comparison to the recent dystopia YA literature ...more
Steve Kramer
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
I had the privelege of seeing the transformation of this book from a basic idea to an eye opening novel. Despite several readings at different stages, the final product was still filled with entertainment, both for the simple joy of well written words ... and the lessons that those words manage to convey while entertaining. This is a must read just for the concepts that it brings out into the open. The story is a very strong possible future for a society that is quickly losing its way. It brings ...more
Maria Rose
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Bravo to Lisa Kramer for her brilliant debut Novel! The intriguing story of ‘P.O.W.ER’, pulled me into an adventure of suspense, revelation and revolution! From the moment I turned the first page I was hooked! Powerful characters, a just cause and a powerful message = a great combination! The premise of the story is strangely reminiscent of some extreme views being witnessed in current politics, which makes P.O.W.ER a very interesting tale. Although the protagonist, Andra is a strong young woman ...more
Nivi Engineer
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was quite reminiscent of Margaret Atwood's 'Handmaid's Tale' and sadly, relative to that, it falls short. (That is an absolute must-read as far as dystopian novels exploring a world where women have been marginalized) However, on its own merit, it was a decent story, and different enough from 'Handmaid's Tale' that it doesn't seem to merely copy it.

The book obviously has a message, and at times, through the voices of the character, it is obvious that the author is passionate about the mess
Caitlin Theroux
Let me give you an exact recipe of how this book was written:

1 cup stereotypical feminist ideology
1/2 cup recycled dialogue
2 tsp unintentional innuendos
8 tbsp plot tropes
1/2 tbsp inconsistent POVs

Throw haphazardly into a notebook or Word document. Scribble lines or pound keyboard until words begin to appear. Make sure all characters fit no unique characteristics and fit at least one YA stereotype or trope. Half-bake at 150 degrees, then chill, crack open, heat up, and plate sludge. Serves 0.
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
While reading this book, it allowed me to realize that women have each other as support. We support each other.
It also made me think about my choices and words I say to everyday people like interacting and having conversations with other human beings. To stand up for what I believe is right.

If we want to make this world a better place, we need to start by having respect for one another and help each other accomplish greater things we never thought could happen.
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
The story drew me in from the start much as The Handmaid's Tale does. The author has created a scarily plausible future state in which women who think, read or write are feared and oppressed. The main character is well drawn and believable. I read it in one sitting, and now want to go back to it after it has sat with me for a while.
This book is unique. I like unique.
Mina De Caro (Mina's Bookshelf)
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Michelle Bouse
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Every girl should read this and I want to read more!
Caitlin Kelly
Intriguing concept, poor execution. This felt like a superficial exploration of a story with the potential for a lot more depth and intrigue. The prose itself was also lacking.
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just realized why the punctuation in title

This YA distopia was a page turner. I liked that this takes place in a future society that has moved backwards in technology, unlike most dystopian novels. I didn't really find the likelihood of it believable though, especially with women being so oppressed. The special abilities the women possess represent our own abilities and the power we have and are responsible for using wisely, both men and women.
Feb 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won a copy from Goodreads First Reads.

So. P.O.W.ER is a really annoying name. There are way too much periods and all those things, so I'm just going to simply call it "POWER." Because that is so much easier. And less periods. Less typing. (Okay, I have to stop babbling).

POWER is a really interesting book. It reminds me of another book I'd read a long, long time ago. Umm... For the life of me, I can't recall the name, but it is similar to this book. Very similar. The world of POWER has oppress
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What if you loved words?
What if you loved words and were told you could not use them? No reading. No writing. No words. If you were told you had to give up words completely, would you stop? Could you?
Andra BetScrivener has a secret power. But her life – and the lives of those she loves – may be in grave danger if it is discovered. Andra is faced with the challenge of finding a way to utilize her gifts without jeopardizing her own safety or anyone else’s. Her position is less than enviable. Step
Apr 09, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars. This started off great and very interesting. The concept was different enough to keep me intrigued it it wasn't long before it turned predictable. Brian, Andra and Lauren were all like able enough well as some of the others. I took to Andras father immediately. Overall a good YA read.....this is actually a great book for ages 10 and older.
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Lisa A. Kramer is a lover of words, stories, and the power of all the arts to strengthen communities and bring understanding. In addition to writing, she is a theatre director and educator, and a life-long learner. She holds degrees from Smith College, and MFA in directing from the University of Hawai'i, Manoa, and a Ph.D. in Theatre for Arizona State University. She is the co-founder of heArtful ...more

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