Title: The Measure
Author: Nikki Erlick
Pages: 368 Pages
Publisher: Harper Collins
Your fate arrives in a box on your doorstep. Do you open it?
It seems like just another morning.
You make a cup of tea. Check the news. Open the front door.
On your doorstep is a box.
Inside the box is the exact number of years you have left to live.
The same box appears on every doorstep across the world.
Do you open yours?
IT’S THE DECISION OF A LIFETIME.
I feel like 2022 has had some absolute cracking novels. It has been an overly impressive year with the quality and diversity of the books that have been released and to be honest I thought I had already found the books that would be in my top ten by the end of the year but then I read The Measure and I was blown away.
The story seems simple enough. It is almost a retelling of the myth of Pandora mixed with an allegorical tale of everything that has happened since 2020. Erlick has been clever because facing our mortality is a topic that we have all had to deal with since the pandemic so the story at its very basic level is relatable. And then you get to the characters and oh wow how Erlick tells their story is beautiful and touching.
Without going in to too much detail the story centres around knowing when you are going to die. If you had the option to know, to find out that information, would you do it? Or would blissful ignorance be the better option? If you do find out, what do you then do with that information? Does it change the way you live your life?
The way that Nikki Erlick explores this topic is masterful. The twists and turns along the way are breathtaking and heartbreaking in equal measure. There are some books that sit with you and make you think long after turing that final page and I know without a shadow of a doubt that The Measure by Nikki Erlick will be a book that I will keep with my for a very long time.
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