If a box that contained the answer to your lifespan showed up on your doorstep, would you open it? In Nikki Erlick's thought-provoking novel, The Measure, people across the globe receive such a box one morning. Each box contains a string, which reveals how long an individual’s life will be. News travels fast, and it is confirmed that the strings are accurate. Some people open their boxes immediately, and others choose not to look at all. “Short stringers” are soon identified and discriminated against - their lives are given less meaning. This story focuses on several characters who react in different ways about their string results. Couples contemplating marriage or childbirth, doctors, short string support groups, and politicians all react to their fate in a variety of ways.... This title is also available in audio.