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Book Review and GIveaway: Expiration Day by William Campbell Powell

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 when most “children” are androids created and loaned out by  the 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- the “children” helped calm the population by giving the adults surrogates and a way to calm their emotions. Yet, how can Tania tell who is an teknoid and who is human? And who else in her life isn’t real?

I was told I absolutely HAD to have this book by a bunch of teens I met at the Texas Library Association- they were raving about it after we discovered that we all loved dystopias and science fiction. And they were right- Tania is a completely believable narrator, and her voice haunts you throughout the book as you follow her journey from age 11 through 18. While it is an unusual YA book that covers that long of a time span, Tania’s voice ages along with her, and her viewpoint and her writing age right along with her. Told in diary format (with brief intersperses that can be annoying to the reader until you come to the end of the book), you are breathing in Tania’s world, her thoughts and her feelings. 

It’s a complicated world that Powell creates, for telkoids walk and age along-side their human counterparts, and the adults all fool themselves that everyone is human until something reminds them that no, things are not right in their world. The future that is shown here is a frighteningly plausible apocalypse of mankind (the complete loss of fertility), and will draw readers to question, “What does it mean to be human?”
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for readers who love science fiction books similar in vein to Noggin, Burn Out, and Little Brother, or pair with older dystopia titles such as I,Robot, 1984, or Brave New World. Would be excellent as a fictional tool to explore other social science topics, such as immigration and population control, as well as pairing alongside the science/neurobiology ideas found within.

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