Saturday, 26 July 2014

Review - Expiration Day by William Campbell Powell

Title: Expiration Day
Author: William Campbell Powell
Pages: 336
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release date: 22nd April 2014

Blurb from Goodreads: 

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 Review:

*I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Macmillan-Tor/Forge and NetGalley*

3/5 stars

Tania Deeley lives in a world where the human race is slowly dying out and most children are teknoids (robots) leased out by Oxted Corporation until their 18th birthdays. 
As Tania starts a new school she realises that her best friend could be a robot and soon starts to question things that she'd never noticed before.

Set out in the form of Tania's diary, this book was intriguing and unexpected - it was different from what I thought it would be like after reading the blurb. 
While slow in some places it held my attention. I enjoyed the story and liked the characters.

Overall this is an enjoyable read that I would recommend.