First Lines Friday – 09/12/2022
Hello all welcome to today’s First Lines Friday post!
In today’s post, I wanted to feature a book that caught my attention recently. I heard about it and added it to my TBR as a result of listening to the Currently Reading Podcast. I really love the introduction as much as I do the premise. If you like dystopian or speculative fiction, then this book will certainly appeal to you.
Here is today’s First Lines Friday introduction!
It was difficult to imagine a time before them, a world in which they hadn’t come.
But when they appeared, in March, nobody had any idea what to do with them, these strange little boxes that came with the spring.
Every other box, at every stage in people’s lives, had a clear meaning, a set course of action. The shoebox holding a tiny new pair to be worn on the first day of school. The holiday present crowned with a looped red ribbon, skilfully curled on a scissor’s edge. The tiny box with the long-dreamt-of diamond inside, and the large cardboard packages, sealed with tape and labelled by hand, loaded into the back of a moving truck. Even that final box, resting under the Earth, whose lid, once shut, would never be opened.
Every other box felt familiar, understandable, expected even. Every other box had a purpose, and a place, sitting comfortably within the course of a typical life.
But these boxes were different.
The Measure – Nikki Erlick
Genre: Dystopian fiction
Publisher: William Morrow & Comapny
Publication Date: 28 Jun 2022
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.
When I heard about this book on the Currently Reading Podcast, I knew I wanted to read it straight away! I am a huge fan of the dystopian genre, and having elements of speculative fiction and the way in which the narrative explores the effect of this event on society intrigues me.
I like the idea of exploring how such an event would come to pass. As it stands, I have absolutely no idea how something so world-shattering would even be feasible to pull off overnight. I’m interested to see how this comes about.
Another reason this kind of book appeals to me is because it makes me ask questions of myself. Would I want to know? Would I open the box?