Nikki Erlick

Teoksen The Measure tekijä

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The Measure (2022) 795 kappaletta

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People now know the length of their life. Some people use it against those who will die sooner. Others use it as a way to enhance the life they have left. Really thought provoking and lots of parallels with COVID.
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mojomomma | 31 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 12, 2023 |
Boxes are falling from the sky. What is in them?
people 23 and older are getting them and when they open the box, there's a string. Some are short, some are long. What is the meaning behind the length of the strings?
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suzanne5002 | 31 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 26, 2023 |
This book was a real delight, a wonderful treat that took me several days to finish only because things like work, sleep, and life stuff kept getting in the way. I could easily have finished it in a day if I’d had a free day to spend.

The set-up is basically this; one day every adult on the planet gets a box with a string in it, the string is the total measure of their lifespan. No one knows where the strings came from or what they mean, the one thing the world can agree on are the strings impeccable accuracy. Scientists compare and study the strings and are able to calculate (to within a month or so) the exact age at which you’ll die based on your string.
This of course throws the whole world into upheaval, as suddenly, one of the most pressing questions “when will I die?” can have a definite answer. The book explores this world changing development with remarkable skill and depth. The book follows eight vaguely interconnected characters, of different backgrounds and string lengths, as they try to lead meaningful lives in this new, frightening world. The author juggles these perspectives and stories with charming skill, each character has an interesting perspective to explore and seeing how they work together was truly interesting and remarkable.

This book was, of course, rather heavy at times. I could see it being a great book to discuss with a group pf friends or a book club as everyone will have different opinions about the strings, about what constitutes a full life. In the end, this book was a lot of fun to read and very moving and thought provoking, I’d recommend it to almost anyone.
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Autolycus21 | 31 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 10, 2023 |
A little speculative fiction, but quite a thought provoking idea! So many things happen politically and morally in response to those who know if they're a short stringer or long. Would I want to know the measure of my life?
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EllenH | 31 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 8, 2023 |



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