“This debut novel’s premise… raises very interesting and meaningful questions about philosophy, humanity, personal choice, and feminism, which could lead to rich discussions. Hand this title to fans of Margaret Atwood’s classic, The Handmaid’s Tale (1986) and Veronica Roth’s Divergent (2011)”-Booklist
“Are you for real?” It should be an easy question. In Tania Deeley’s world, it’s not a rhetorical one. Nor is it a simple one. Most children in her world are sophisticated androids manufactured by the massive Oxted Corporation. Except for Tania. She’s a rare creature… a human child.
Almost all humans are infertile by 2049. Something had to be done to prevent the collapse of human society. So in stepped Oxted with their teknoids, android children who “expire” on their eighteenth birthday.
When Tania comes home from school on holiday, she finds that her best friend Siân seems to have really changed. This is more than just the usual drifting apart. Are her changes from nature or were they upgrades purchased from Oxted? Is her best friend an actual human? Tania now wonders this about everyone in her life. Will she be able to find out the truth before the teknoids’ “expiration day”?
Listen as award-winning narrator Gabrielle de Cuir takes us through Tania’s diary, which began as the ramblings of a chatty 11 year old girl and ends as the observations of a resolute 17 year old woman. A diary of a person who is not only going through the usual growing pains, but is figuring out what makes someone human and why it matters.
Take a few minutes to watch the fascinating interview with Cory Doctorow and the author about the elements of writing this type of YA novel:
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“A remarkable and heart-filled look at what it means to be human. If you’re not in tears by the last chapter, you’ve a hard heart indeed.”-Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author of Little Brother and Homeland
“In a marvelously touching performance, narrator Gabrielle de Cuir embodies the fragility, determination, and curiosity of a 14-year-old English schoolgirl.”-from AudioFile Magazine
About the author: William Campbell Powell was born in Sheffield, England, but grew up in and around Birmingham. He entered the computer industry after leaving Clare College, Cambridge. Writing since 2002, William has found he’s most at home with Science Fiction, Historical Fiction and Young Adult Fiction. Expiration Day is his first novel.