Expiration Day is an insightful coming-of-age novel set in the near future by debut author William Campbell Powell.
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 18th "birthdays", teknoids must be returned to Oxted - never to be heard from again.
Told in diary format, Expiration Day is the powerful and poignant story of a young girl coming of age and discovering what it means to be truly human by a talented debut novelist.
Would you listen to Expiration Day again? Why?
Hell, yes. The author's writing is so real, so compelling. I am not a fan of hard science fiction; this was all about the characters and their dilemmas. Reminded me of a female Ender, but not on a military scale.
What did you like best about this story?
I can't believe how a man wrote such a convincing teenage girl POV. That's probably politically incorrect, but, heck, I totally believed the girl's thoughts, emotions, feelings.He reminded me of all sorts (good and bad) adolescent feelings that I had forgotten I had (I'm 45 now.) I loved the whole transformation element.
What does Gabrielle de Cuir bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
The wonderful British tone. The light YA quality.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I almost did. Yes. MY daughter and I listened to it on a long drive over Memorial Day, and we didn't want to stop and get gas!
Any additional comments?
I hope the author writes a sequel!
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