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Book Review » Expiration Day by William Campbell Powell

Title: Expiration Day

Author:
William Campbell Powell

Genre:
Dystopia; Science Fiction; Young Adult.

ISBN: 9780765338280

Published:
2014

Publisher: Tor Teen

Format: Hardback

Pages: 336

Synopsis: 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 RATING: 2.5 Starts

MY OPINION:

Honestly I was expecting to love this book and that didn’t happen at all…
I wanted this book since I can remember, I was obsessed with it and I really wanted to own it because this story seemed really interesting and when I bought it I thought that it was going to be one of my favorite books ever because it sounded really interesting (robots, sci-fi, dystopian…) but the truth is that I didn’t find this story as interesting as I thought I would… actually I didn’t find this story interesting… period!
Despite all those problems I gave to this book 2.5 stars (I know, that’s not the best score ever especially because this 2.5 stars means 2 stars on goodreads – for me of course).
After all, I kind of enjoyed some parts of the story, but just some parts, because most of the time I wanted it to end… in my opinion, at the beginning it was quite boring… I mean, a LOT boring, and the reading was really really slow, but then I started to get used to the story and the characters and all of those ‘cute’ little things…

Basically this book takes place in the future… it is passed in 2049… I mean, the story begins in 2049… and human kind is losing hope because women can’t have human kids, they only can have robots… some people have human children but they are truly rare!
Tania Deely is the main character and she has been told that she’s human… one of the few human kids in the entire world… so she thinks that she’s a rarity.
Most children are sophisticated androids manufactured by Oxted Corporation, and these sophisticated androids are a creation of near-perfect human copies called teknoids.
Teknoids do everything that normal people do. They eat, drink, sleep… they do pretty much everything… this may sound strange but they feel and dream too, so basically they really are perfect human copies.

As I said before Tania Deely is the main character of this story, and this book is written like it was a diary (Tania’s point of view).
The book starts when Tania is only eleven years old, and then, she roughly turns 18. The beginning of this story is quite awful, it is quite awkward and confuse, but it kind of gets better as it goes.
This book is about the nature of humanity… so basically the reader has to deal with a lot of issues that were explored by the author… and maybe that’s why it turns out to be quite intriguing (and sometimes boring).

I know… the summary seems really interesting… but that is what I was telling you! The summaries always seem interesting, but this book is not!

I really can’t say much about this book because I’m really afraid that I’ll spoil you… I don’t want to say too much about the story because, in my opinion, the only reason it is quite interesting is because of that ‘mystery’… some things that you have to find out and understand for yourself… and believe me, if I tell you what the entire book is about it will not be a interesting reading… and because of that… I’m out! I’ll not say anything more.

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