The Measure

    • 4.2 • 208 Ratings
    • $19.99

    • $19.99

Publisher Description

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.

Julia Whelan
hr min
June 28

Customer Reviews

Surgeon- Mom ,

The politics are not an issue

Don’t avoid this book based on the reviews complaining about the political angle. While there are some political discussions, it’s not a hardline Red and Blue division. It’s a humanity discussion. There is no mention of American party lines.
It’s a dystopian fiction that is relevant to the historical and the present reality of biases. But it leaves you with hope.

mnuttreader68 ,

Stop with your political agendas. Ruined this book.

Such a bummer. This storyline had so much potential. Mind numbingly boring and burdened with one agenda after another.

LilLolaGirl08! ,

One star. Great idea but too many cultural/political.

Agendas everywhere🥱 Please just tell great stories without cramming all of the cultural/political agendas down our throats! It was such an interesting concept but it was destroyed by agendas and the authors clear opinions. I got a few chapters in and just could not take it anymore. I miss good stories! In book and television alike.

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