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Expiration Day

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  219 ratings  ·  90 reviews
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-per...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 22nd 2014 by Tor Teen
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Tabitha (Pabkins)
Expiration Day takes place in the not too distant future where birthrates are at an extreme low and robotic children are supplied to couples that want to have children and can’t. These children are practically indistinguishable from real humans, so much so that no one other than their parents and the government knows who has a real child and who does not. The company that supplies these kids upgrade them on a regular basis to mimic the growth of a real child. The only down side to this is the ro...more
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Mar 11, 2014 Ariella rated it 1 of 5 stars
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-A copy was provided by Raincoast Books for review-

Expiration Day was a bit of a disappointment for me. The premise sounded so good but it wasn't written all that well.

Right from the start, I knew I hated the diary format the author uses. It felt forced and with Tania's voice, you can tell it's a middle-aged man that wrote this book. Teenage girls don't really talk or think like that and I think in some cases it was taken to the extreme. For exam...more
Nov 08, 2013 Maggie added it
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Thank you to netgalley and Tor Teen for kindly giving me a copy of this book!

In my opinion, making Expiration Day a series of diary entries (interspersed with narration from another character)worked quite well. Usually I am not a fan of stories that jump large swaths of time but I think in this scifi, coming-of-age tale this format worked.

However, the switching between past and present tense was not as effective. In one diary entry Tania is describing how she had prepared for a funeral, but the...more
ARC for review.

Incredibly impressed by this debut novel - it reminded me a of Never Let Me Go for the young set. Tania is a pre-teen living in 2049 England and is recording her life in a diary. The world-wide birth rate has dropped to practically nil and in order to keep society sane adults are permitted to fulfill some deep-seated urge to parent (I'm not sure I really got this part. I'm childless and while I might be crazy, it's not because some primal urge to change diapers, go to Disney and...more
2 stars

This review is based on an ARC ebook received for free from NetGalley. I am not being paid to review this book and what I write here is my own opinion. My rating scale is below.

In a world where very few children are born anymore, most parents raise incredibly realistic androids that they treat as if they are humans. Tania Deeley believes she was one of the rare true humans, until she learns that she's another android and decides not to let the fact that she's not truly alive stop her...more
Tania lived a normal life with her parents. She knew that she was a rarity being a human. There are not many humans left. They are being taken over by teknoids. Human parents that can not have children can adopt a teknoid child. The only loophole is that by the child's eighteenth birthday, the parents have to give the child back to the government.

After a string of stinker of books it was refreshing to find and read this book. Mr. Powell really brought to life Tania. I almost could forget that t...more
Fantasy Literature
Expiration Day, by William Campbell Powell, was a book I almost didn’t bother finishing and only ended up doing so because of that added sense of obligation of having received it for free to review. Had I picked it up on my own, I almost certainly would have dropped it somewhere about halfway in. As usual, in these cases, this will be a relatively short review so as not to belabor the issue.

In 2049, humanity has all but died out and is racing to find a cure to this plague of infertility that has...more
This is a surprisingly touching and effective exploration of what it means to be human, particularly with the advent of machines that can approximate human responses. These are themes that some of the towering figures of science fiction have attempted, but I dare say none have hit upon so daring a premise as has Powell in his debut novel.

Once the reader can suspend disbelief about the idea that human reproduction might suddenly, globally stop working, as well as the difficulties of building acce...more
Ms. Yingling
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I found the overall idea good and enjoyed the book enough to read it in a couple of days. The story is much more about relationships than science fiction, with the emotional aspects being conveyed well. The science fiction parts were a little disappointing, as was the anticipated intrigue regarding the future scenario. I wonder what a teenage boy reading this book would make of the characters obsession with her chest, and her desire to have boys ogle at her (it rather concerned me that they migh...more
Expiration Day by William Campbell Powell is a unique twist on a future filled with robots, since the robots look like children and are designed to keep the population sane as the birthrate plummets. Expiration Day is also unique because it is told through diary entries from the main character with a couple of other things thrown into the mix. I was strongly reminded of The Testament of Jessie Lamb while reading Expiration Day, since most of the book deals with the day to day adventures of a tee...more
Tania Deeley is an only child growing up in 2049 London. The world population has been steadily dropping and ability to conceive has become near impossible. To fill the gap of real children, Oxted Corporation has created androids that couples can adopt in an attempt to prevent the collapse of society. Tania knows that some of the students around her are robots and has seen the affects of the Uncanny Valley--when the teknoids are no longer seen as human and shipped back to Oxted--first had throug...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
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I always enjoy books that make me think about the basic question of what it means to be human. EXPIRATION DAY is definitely one of those books. Set in a not-so-far future, where most humans can’t have children, we get all the classics: can robots be creative? Can they experience emotion? If they’re creative and emotional, are they not as human as homo sapiens? These are all fascinating questions to ponder, and rather than detract from the story, they ad...more
"Impossible dreams. The toy that becomes a real child.

William Campbell Powell's Expiration Day is a truly remarkable novel that works on many different levels: as a poignant cautionary tale, a family drama, and a bone-chilling futuristic vision of a human society facing extinction. This powerful and thought-provoking story may not be the most fast-paced thriller ride you'll ever be taken on, but make no mistake, it will still leave you riveted and completely mind-blown. And I can promise yo...more
Bekah AwesomeBookNut
3.5 I'm not sure...I will say this, this book was NOT AT ALL what I was expecting, I was expecting some sci-fi, action, with some romance, maybe set in a dystopian world..... it is...but, it isn't.

This book is not at all what you think. This book is all about feelings, and what it means to be human and who the real enemy is. This is about love, loss, family, love, emotion, passion, life and everything in between.

This whole book is a girls journal and the story starts off with an 11 year old girl...more
Demelza D'Arcy
*** ARC kindly received from First Reads which has had no impact on my review ***

Despite being a huge dystopia fan I have never read a book about robots before so this was a first for me. I had a few problems with this book which I feel I should mention first to get them out of the way. There are a few points in the book which are slightly awkward, both in writing style and plot, and you find yourself wondering why you're reading this - for example at the beginning of the book when Tania's famil...more
Briana (Reader, Writer, Critic)
I found this book underwhelming and slightly boring. As I browsed reviews by others on Goodreads I found that many people rated it five stars and raved about the genius and thrill of it and praised it for all the many things I felt it lacked. The plot was an utter bore and lacked thrilling twist,s and turns, and suspense, and all the things that make a plot fabulous. There were lots of loose ends and blunt cut offs. One character disappeared with explanation and with reason. It was logical for t...more
Once again TOR has found a gem in its slush pile. This English debut was extremely hard to put down. It is the year 2049 and humanity is on the brink of extinction.. The population level is falling; to stop riots and despair Oxted Corporation developed a line of robots that could serve as surrogate children. Parents can lease, but not purchase; at age 18 their "child" has to be returned to Oxted, for deactivation, i.e. death. That's the Expiration Day of the title, and that's what Tania Deeley i...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
**I received this book for free from Tor Teen via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

*Genre* Science Fiction, Coming of Age
*Rating* 3.0

*First Thoughts*

Set in a not too far off England, Expiration Day is told in first person DIARY format by Tania Deeley to an unknown character off screen who brings their own perspective to the story. The story covers 6 years of Tania's life (2049-2055) and brings about an interesti...more
This book just screamed out that the author was a middle-aged man, even without looking at the author's bio. The author seems to be very nostalgic for his youth, or at least how he wishes his youth was. I cannot imagine teen-aged girls understanding or being able to relate to the character of Tania, let alone understanding the references to popular culture of the 1970's that the author frequently inserts, as well as the way the main characters talk. In addition, although the author, in his bio,...more
Kathy Richardson
Read this on the plane down and back from L.A. (thank you LAX for the delay). I liked the diary style entry. I sort of stopped paying attention to the "reader" of the diary, but now that I have finished the book I want to go beck and read the "reader" enteries more carefully. Touching story with an interesting premise of how the human race will end.
Anne Tipton
I loved this book. Great summer read. Interesting new take on the age old question of the humanity of robots...with a few well placed Asimov connections.
Jun 04, 2014 Becki marked it as to-read
Aww. That synopsis is so sad and quite scary. You love something so fully only to be taken away years later.

I am sad now.:(
This book was a great telling of what it means to be human. The year is 2049, the population of the earth is dropping. Few women are able to get pregnant & stay pregnant. To help those who are unable to have children of their own, an advanced robotics company creates humanoid robots that they lease to desperate parents until the robots turn 18, then they are sent back to the corporation. Tania is a young woman who is the human daughter of a vicar, in a small English town. As she gets older s...more
Kelsy M
I could not for the life of me get into this book. The first 20 pages or so were okay but the writing style was bothering me a lot and I just couldn't get into it like I needed to to be able to read the book. Honestly, I feel like the writing style and the language that was used was that of a child, and yes I know that the main character is 11 but the tone was coming across younger then that and I just wasn't a fan. I'm not saying other people won't like this book because I'm sure other people w...more
Tania decided to write a diary on her 11th birthday. She intended that an alien archaeologist might find it millenia in the future. Tania tells Zog about the mysterious problem of infertility and how many childless couples have rented robots as pseudo-children for 18 years. Secretly, Tania suspects Sian Fuller is one of those robots. Imagine Tania's surprise when a freak accident reveals that she is a robot and Sian is human. Tania soon develops an interest in music (bass guitar) and forms a ban...more
Written as a journal, Tania Deeley tells us about her life. She shares her thoughts, feelings, and dreams as she goes through her day to day life. She has always known that teknoids (specialized androids) existed, but she didn't really think about it until she began high school. Now she believes that her best friend may be one and she is determined to find out more. The only problem is that she is up against the "expiration day" as all teknoids must be returned to Oxted Corporation by th...more
Katy Benway
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