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Expiration Day

3.5  ·  Rating details ·  879 Ratings  ·  211 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
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 22nd 2014 by Tor Teen
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Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-read
I found this to be a very compelling and well written book. It was not at all what I was expecting. I don't normally find myself drawn to diary format books - the last one I read was Among Others by Jo Walton, which I loved, and I thought Powell held his own compared to that (yes, now there's a compliment Mr. Powell!)

The whole theme of the book is exploring the question of what it means to be human; and clearly, from the perspective of a young teen girl growing up, those questions are going to t
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
Kathleen Baldwin
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This one didn’t get much hype, but it’s a great story set in a future where people can’t have kids. So they raise human-like robots. It’s a teenage girl’s journey of discovery from a fascinating point of view.
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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Feb 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc
Read more of my reviews at Secrets of Lost Words.

-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
Jessica (Goldenfurpro)
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Actual Rating: 2.5

I was expecting so much more in this book. Granted, I didn't know much about it when I picked it up, but I knew it was a dystopian and the tagline promises a lot more than I ended up reading. This book was okay, but it's basically a coming-of-age with robots and not a whole lot happens.

This book begins in the year 2049 on Tania's eleventh birthday and follows her throughout her teenage years. Tania lives in a
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Feb 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Ian Wood
Aug 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
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Note that I don't really do stars. To me a novel is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate a nove
Jan 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: sfff-books
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
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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
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Actual Rating: 2.5 stars

“Sometimes choice works like that. One person's choice is another's loss of choice.”

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 tho
Imagine a world in which 95+% of the population under age 18 are robots... and it's almost impossible to tell humans and bots apart.

Though not without a few plot holes, this is an excellent (though occasionally predictable) story that will make you think, and might even jerk at your heartstrings a bit. Here, robots have mostly replaced humans, who are quickly dying out. It's not only the bots that have an expiration day! There's also a mystery of sorts to solve: just why does the robot manufactu
Apr 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Ms. Yingling
Feb 03, 2014 rated it liked it
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Fantasy Literature
May 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Briana (Reader, Writer, Critic)
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
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
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
**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
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"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
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-addiction
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
All Things Urban Fantasy
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

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
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
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
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
At first glance, Expiration Day may seem more appropriate for a middle grade audience, and perhaps it is. The protagonist is young and her voice is very immature, almost childish at times. But at the same time, William Powell’s thought-provoking book raises some very important existential and philosophical questions, things we all need to think about, regardless of our age. The bones of this story are certainly nothing new in the world of literature: a society that rarely produces children choos ...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
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: utopia, robots, futuristic

I don't even remember a lot. I know I thought it was cool. But it was too long.
I liked the overall story but I did feel as though there were a few holes here and there that could have been explained in a bit more detail like why are "human" females who are able to carry children taken from their families and never allowed to keep any of their children? I found that kind of harsh and made me feel like they were no better off than the teknoids in the story no matter if they were pampered where they wound up. I don't see where being a birthing cow would be any cool career. Wh ...more
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William Campbell Powell lives in a small Buckinghamshire village in England. He mostly writes YA and Speculative Fiction. His debut novel, EXPIRATION DAY, was published by Tor Teen in 2014 and won the 2015 Hal Clement Award for better than half-decent science in a YA novel – the citation actually says “Excellence in Children's Science Fiction Literature” - and a 2016 AudioFile Magazine Earphones a ...more
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