Author: William Campbell Powell
Publisher: Tor Teen
Source: Netgalley for honest review
Release Date: April 22nd 2014
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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.
Expiration Day is a different Y.A to your usual, written in Diary Format, we meet Tania who is a normal young girl, until and accident reveals that she is actually a Teknoid. In a world plagued with infertility a Company called Oxted Corporation designed Andrioids that can take the place of children, Tania is unaware of the fact that she is an android, she believes that she is one of the few human children left, It is nearly impossible to tell the difference between an Android and Human.
Through Tania’s diaries we see a girl coming of age, and trying to find herself which a lot of teenage girls could relate too except instead of finding who she is as a human she had to understand who she is as a computer or a human, she has feelings, thoughts and actions just as any teenager or child would, which really makes you examine the morality of messing with robots.
I loved the diary entries, usually I don’t like them because of the way they slowly unravel the plot points, I did have a problem however was the inbetween diary entries there were entries from someone else which became a bit sketchy, although the twist at the end brings these together perfectly.
Overall Expiration Day is a good sci-fi read.