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Expiration Day


Expiration Day

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.

In a world where almost all of the plot ideas are recycled material, the one thing that sticks out to me about EXPIRATION DAY is the writing style. Author William Campbell Powell’s tone switched multiple times throughout the book. As can be expected, the voice of a teenage girl and the voice of a machine are worlds apart. It was almost jarring to switch back and forth between the two points of view with no breaks, but this device also gave the book a new and refreshing feeling.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading EXPIRATION DAY and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading books written in different styles.

Most of EXPIRATION DAY was presented in a diary format with entries by a mysterious other being from another time. This is one of my favorite book formats because it offers the most personal account of a character’s experience. We’re able to bond with the character because we get to hear their raw thoughts. It is also amazing to see how these characters that you fall in love with change and mature throughout the book while you’re just lying in your bed flipping through pages.

Tania matures and changes throughout EXPIRATION DAY, and when you finally close the book, she is not the innocent young teenager she was at the beginning.

Also, the book itself takes on a darker and more mature theme as it progresses --- readers feel like they are slowly but surely spiraling down into an abyss of darkness and cold. The feelings you experience at the end of EXPIRATION DAY are drastically different than what you felt when you first started reading. I thoroughly enjoyed reading EXPIRATION DAY and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading books written in different styles.

Reviewed by Pranshu A. on May 11, 2015

Expiration Day
by William Campbell Powell