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Book Review: The Measure By Nikki Erlick


Eight ordinary people. One extraordinary choice.

It seems like any other day. You wake up, pour a cup of coffee, and head out.

But today, when you open your front door, waiting for you is a small wooden box. This box holds your fate inside: the answer to the exact number of years you will live.

From suburban doorsteps to desert tents, every person on every continent receives the same box. In an instant, the world is thrust into a collective frenzy. Where did these boxes come from? What do they mean? Is there truth to what they promise?

As society comes together and pulls apart, everyone faces the same shocking choice: Do they wish to know how long they’ll live? And, if so, what will they do with that knowledge?

The Measure charts the dawn of this new world through an unforgettable cast of characters whose decisions and fates interweave with one another: best friends whose dreams are forever entwined, pen pals finding refuge in the unknown, a couple who thought they didn’t have to rush, a doctor who cannot save himself, and a politician whose box becomes the powder keg that ultimately changes everything.


If you could find out how long you have left in your life, would you?

That is everyone’s question as they are faced with the answer one morning all over the globe.

Is it just me or is anyone else getting dystopian world vibes that also in another way reminds you of March 2020 – the beginning of Covid madness? It has all the similar features; new thing entering the world causing everyone chaos wondering whether or not if it is true at the beginning. But in this case, it only happens when you are aged 22 and above. The length of the string inside this box is long or short which determines your life spam. Once the scientists start noticing that the short strings correlate with the deaths that is when everything becomes more clear.

There are so many point of views that at around 29% in is when I had had enough as there was far too many points of views to keep up with. Along with that, the chapters have no real sense in order as you normally would have it in order which makes it a bit more confusing as well.

Although some good points in the difference in characters is their circumstances, I think the author tried to ensure they thought of every possible scenario and point of views and trying to ensure every view and angle was covered.

See this is where a second novel exploring some other angles from this story line I think could cover it in better detail without it being too much. But I guess you would rather it be too much than not enough quality content.

We hear from army people, those in relationships, make or breaking a relationship, doctors who had to witness it. Those that wanted to keep their jobs but couldn’t and then the alternatives.

This novel has a very unique plot and has you wondering about how each situation will unfold.

Thank you to the publishers for sending me this for my honest review.

4/5 Stars

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