Expiration Day is an insightful coming-of-age novel set in the near future by debut author 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 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.Though she has always been aware of the existence of teknoids, it is not until her first day at the Lady Maud High School for Girls that Tania realizes that her best friend, Sian, may be one. Returning home from the summer holiday, she is shocked by how much Sian has changed. Is it possible that these changes were engineered by Oxted? And if Sian could be a teknoid, how many others in Tania's life are not real?Driven by the need to understand what sets teknoids apart from their human counterparts, Tania begins to seek answers. But time is running out. For everyone knows that on their eighteenth "birthdays," teknoids must be returned to Oxted-never to be heard from again. 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.
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"In a marvelously touching performance, narrator Gabrielle de Cuir embodies the fragility, determination, and curiosity of a 14-year-old English schoolgirl. Tania is struggling to find her way in the near future of 2049, a time when the world population has been decimated by infertility and hopeful parents have taken to adopting highly specialized androids, indiscernible from humans, as their children. The book deftly weaves the coming-of-age concerns of friendship and first love with the lofty themes--the limits of technology and what it truly is to be sentient. It's a rare event when one hears an audiobook that expands one's mind and breaks one's heart at the same time. De Cuir makes every last word of this first- person story come alive with an adolescent's hopes, doubts, and dreams. B.P. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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