Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Book Review: Expiration Day by William Campbell Powell

Book Review:  Expiration Day by William Campbell Powell
Expiration Day by William Campbell Powell

eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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.

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. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

Really enjoyed this story, and I liked the idea of couples adopting robot children because of infertility. The children go in for periodic upgrades to give the illusion that they're growing up, which is both fascinating and more than a little creepy. Even creepier is the fact that the teknoids don't know that they're robots!

Through Tania's journal entries, we discover just had bad the infertility crisis has become. We also learn how creativity is also being affected, as there are no new paintings, music, or books being produced.That aspect of the future scared me more than anything else, as who wants to live in a world of cover bands and recycled novels?

As Tania gets older, she picks up new hobbies and even discovers boys. But in a world where you're not sure who is or isn't human, dating can be a little tricky. Tania matures from a precocious brat child to a likable teen, although she does have her moments.

This is an awesome debut novel by a very talented writer, as he's come up with a unique premise with interesting characters! Even though it's in diary form, it reads like a regular story and isn't gimmicky in any way. I really enjoyed the ending and was pleased that I had guessed correctly. Still had a surprise twist though, and I had to read it a second time as I hadn't seen that part coming!

Left wondering if life without creativity would really happen or if that's just a plot point? Wouldn't the remaining humans still create art? Even if a large majority of children were teknoids, there still has to be the urge to create and appreciate new art, right? Food for thought...


  1. sounds really interesting!! i'm glad the diary format worked for you; it's a form that I do usually enjoy.

  2. Oh no, I didn't know this was in diary format, and hope that it works for me too because I love the premise and great to hear that you enjoyed

  3. I've heard about this one from a few bloggers. It does sound interesting. :) Thank you!