Friday, April 18, 2014

Book Review: Expiration Day by William Campbell Powell

Book Description:
What happens when you turn eighteen and there are no more tomorrows?
It is the year 2049, and humanity is on the brink of extinction….

Tania Deeley has always been told that she’s a rarity: a human child in a world where most children are sophisticated androids manufactured by Oxted Corporation. When a decline in global fertility ensued, it was the creation of these near-perfect human copies called teknoids that helped to prevent the utter collapse of society.

Though she has always been aware of the existence of teknoids, it is not until her first day at The Lady Maud High School for Girls that Tania realizes that her best friend, Siân, may be one. Returning home from the summer holiday, she is shocked by how much Siân has changed. Is it possible that these changes were engineered by Oxted? And if Siân could be a teknoid, how many others in Tania’s life are not real?

Driven by the need to understand what sets teknoids apart from their human counterparts, Tania begins to seek answers. But time is running out. For everyone knows that on their eighteenth “birthdays,” teknoids must be returned to Oxted—never to be heard from again.
My Thoughts:
I will say this, this book was NOT AT ALL what I was expecting, I was expecting some sci-fi, action, with some romance, maybe set in a dystopian world..... it is...but, it isn't.

This book is not at all what you think. This book is all about feelings, and what it means to be human and who the real enemy is. This is about love, loss, family, love, emotion, passion, life and everything in between.

This whole book is a girls journal and the story starts off with an 11 year old girl who knows she's human in a world where humans have lost most of the ability to get pregnant and have human children. Due to this need to have children and a family the world went into chaos until robots were invented and could be leased out to families who want children and would get these very real human-like robot children who don't know they are robots. When these children reach the age of 18 they are returned to the "factory" and then "deactivated."

Through the story you learn that these children who are human think they are "special" because they are real humans. Well this story of Tania is about a girl who finds out she is really a robot and not human and have her world and understand come crashing down just to find out she is in fact human just not in the literal genetic sense.

This was beautifully written and I enjoyed MANY aspects of it. Most of all the fact that Tania doesn't know why she is writing a journal but decides to write it for (not her grandchildren) some unknown future alien species that happens upon her journal. And throughout this book, in between journal entries we catch a glimpse of thoughts of the "alien" actually reading this story and it was brilliant!

My concern though for this book is, it's in fact rather slow (well it was for me anyway) and I worry that people won't give this a chance because the author does in fact take time to create Tania's life and story and go through what we all go through, growth, puberty, crushes, loves, passions for learning new things and developing talents, going through struggles and emotions that are typical and normal for any human person.

Overal this book as depth to it and was very well written and well done. I was happy with how the author ended the book and found it very interesting.

Sexual Content: moderate (typical teenage hormones of realizing when a girl is maturing physically, understanding that certain characters have had sex, kissing)
Violence: mild
Language: moderate
Drugs/Alcohol: mild

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