Expiration Day

Expiration DayExpiration Day by William Campbell Powell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Dystopian, Scifi
Publisher: Tor Teen
Series: None

There are no spoilers in this review. 

This was sent to me (a long time ago, mind you) by the publisher. This has not impacted my review.

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.

I will confess that when I first saw this book I thought, “Ugh, another dystopian novel” and kept putting it off. I finally picked it up, got oh-so hooked, and finished it in a day. The writing style from the beginning is funny and witty and I found myself invested in the main character, Tania.

Parts of the book were a bit creepy, what with not knowing which of the kids were real and which were fake, and just the idea of robot kids is a bit distressing to me. But at the same time its a great look into

Characters

Tania: The narrator and main character, who narrates the book to her diary as if she’s writing for an alien in the future. She’s pretty sure that she’s one of the last real children on Earth, because people have mysteriously become infertile. Couples who want children but can’t have them get creepily realistic robot children known as Tekniods. Tekniods are so real that people don’t always realize they’re fake – until they have to return to the factory around their 18th birthday. Understandably, this world has a high divorce rate right around the time people’s children reach 18 and tragically ‘die.’

Ginger Mop aka John: is another kid that Tania is pretty sure is real. He’s a hacker, fighting back against the government who’s hiding things from the people. He helps Tania learn to do that as well, and helps her find herself.

Siân: Tania’s best friend, is a little obnoxious, but that may be because she’s a suspected fake robot child. She has a heart though, and doesn’t abandon Tania even after a major metaphorical bombshell is dropped. She had me happy crying before page fifty.

Overall

This is one of the best dystopian books I’ve ever read, and thats coming from someone who doesn’t even like that genre. Any fan of Dystopia/Sci-Fi should definitely pick this up.

A warning though, if you don’t appreciate good Shakespearian and Mythology references this may not be the book for you. Prior knowledge is not essential, and Tania would make a good teacher.

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