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The Measure

av Nikki Erlick

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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The Read With Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick!

"A story of love and hope as interweaving characters display: how all moments, big and small, can measure a life. If you want joy, love, romance, and hope??read with us." ??Jenna Bush Hager

A luminous, spirit-lifting blockbuster for readers of The Midnight Library.

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.

Enchanting and deeply uplifting, The Measure is a sweeping, ambitious, and invigorating story about family, friendship, hope, and destiny that encourages us to live life to the fullest… (mer)

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I really liked the premise, but I found the book lacking. In fact, I decided not to even bother finish reading it. Just didn't find the characters or their struggles to be compelling enough for me to be interested in them. ( )
  tgraettinger | Jan 25, 2024 |
Weighty heavy thinking book very well done and interwoven. Having experienced the world tilting for covid the way the world shifts in this book definitely hits deeper than precovid. ( )
  hellokirsti | Jan 3, 2024 |
If you could know how long you will live, would you want to know? The Measure explores this idea and its societal effects as well as relationships as people react in very different ways. But, it carefully avoids involving children (born or in utero) from the predictions as well as how less-developed countries might be affected by this kind of phenomenon. The plot overuses coincidences and some storylines are less believable than others. ( )
  bookappeal | Dec 23, 2023 |
Everyone in the world 22 and up received a box with a string that tells how long their lives will be. Some open them. Some do not. This follows the lives of 8 people in America whose lives are or will be connected through the strings.

I loved this book. I knew nothing about it until I opened it. I was not a book that I eagerly read. When I was in the story, I didn't want to put it down; but when I put it down, I was not eager to pick it back up. But I still loved it by the end. This would have ended on my keeper shelf had it not been a library book. I liked how each person had their reason for looking or not looking at it. I enjoyed the anonymous letters that were written. They were honest and, without seeing one another in the flesh, they got to know one another before their lives intersected. I liked the how Nikki and Amie show they are sisters by their fighting as sisters do. I don't know how I feel about Jack, but I understand why he did what he did with Javier. Anthony got exactly what he deserved. I had no use or liking for him or his wife.

So my question is, would you look or not? ( )
  Sheila1957 | Dec 23, 2023 |
OCHO PERSONAS ORDINARIAS. UNA ELECCIÓN EXTRAORDINARIA. Parece un día cualquiera. Te levantas; te sirves una taza de café; y sales. Pero hoy; al abrir la puerta de tu casa; hay una pequeña caja de madera esperándote. Esa caja contiene tu destino: el número exacto de años que vas a vivir. Desde los umbrales de las puertas de los suburbios hasta las jaimas del desierto; las personas de todos los continentes reciben la misma caja. En un instante; el mundo se sumerge en un caos absoluto. ¿De dónde proceden esas cajas? ¿Qué significan? ¿Lo que prometen es cierto? A medida que la sociedad se une y se separa; todos se enfrentan a la misma decisión estremecedora: ¿desean saber cuánto tiempo van a vivir? Y; si es así; ¿qué harán con ese dato? The Measure: Las cuerdas del destino traza el amanecer de este nuevo mundo a través de un inolvidable elenco de personajes cuyas decisiones y destinos se entretejen unos con otros: mejores amigos cuyos sueños quedan ligados para siempre; amigos por correspondencia que se refugian en lo desconocido; una pareja que no imaginaba tener que apresurarse; un médico que no puede salvarse a sí mismo y un político cuya caja se convierte en el polvorín que acaba por cambiarlo todo. Fascinante y sumamente inspiradora; The Measure: Las cuerdas del destino es una historia arrolladora; ambiciosa y estimulante; sobre la familia; la amistad; la esperanza y el destino que nos anima a vivir la vida en toda su plenitud. ( )
  AmicanaLibrary | Dec 5, 2023 |
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Deborah had once confided in Nina, after her third drink at the holiday party, that whenever the team discussed a shooting or a natural disaster, she was struck by how lightly their words were tossed about. In her three decades as a journalist, as the headlines seemed to grow ever more grim, Deborah had seen the words shed their weight a little more with each occurrence, until they barely resembled the dense nouns and heavy adjectives that once pressed upon entire rooms. But that was the only way to continue working, Nina thought, to shield your soul from breaking.
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"You can always count on the artists to step up," she said, "especially during a crisis."
"Well, some days can get pretty dark," Hank said, "but other days, I just try to remember that I've lived a good life. I did my best to help people. I fell in love a few times. I tried to be a good son." Hank leaned back slowly in his chair. "You know, I watched a lot of people come to the end, and everyone around them kept begging them to fight. It takes real strength to keep on fighting, and yes, usually that's the right answer. Keep fighting, keep holding on, no matter what. But sometimes I think we forget that it also takes strength to be able to let go."
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And losing something felt so much harder, so much lonelier, than simply going without.
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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The Read With Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick!

"A story of love and hope as interweaving characters display: how all moments, big and small, can measure a life. If you want joy, love, romance, and hope??read with us." ??Jenna Bush Hager

A luminous, spirit-lifting blockbuster for readers of The Midnight Library.

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.

Enchanting and deeply uplifting, The Measure is a sweeping, ambitious, and invigorating story about family, friendship, hope, and destiny that encourages us to live life to the fullest

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