Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Expiration Day Book Tour, Review, 7 Favorite Books and Giveaway

Expiration Day by William Campbell PowellOfficial Blog Tour
April 21st  Monday: Jean Book Nerd Interview & Tens List
April 22nd Tuesday: Nerdophiles Review & Guest Post
April 23rd Wednesday: Once Upon a Twilight Review 
April 24th Thursday: Bittersweet Enchantment Review & Music Playlist
April 25th Friday: Bookish Review & Dream Cast
April 26th Saturday: The Reader Lines 5 Random Things
April 27th Sunday: Literary Meanderings Interview
April 28th Monday: Swoony Boys Podcast Review & Interview
April 29th Tuesday: TTC Books and More Books Review & Interview
April 30th Wednesday: Insane About Books Review & Favorite Books Read This Year

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-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, Siân, may be one. Returning home from the summer holiday, she is shocked by how much Siân has changed. Is it possible that these changes were engineered by Oxted? And if Siân 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.
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William Campbell Powell was born in 1958 in Sheffield, but grew up in and around Birmingham. He was educated at King Edward’s School, Birmingham, and gained a scholarship to Clare College, Cambridge to study Natural Sciences. Leaving Clare College in 1980 with a BA in Computer Science, he entered the computer industry, which is where he has been ever since.
William has been writing since 2002, experimenting with various genres, but he is most at home with Science Fiction, Historical Fiction and fiction for Young Adults.

William Campbell Powell's
7 Favorite Books Read This Year!

It’s been a fascinating year for books.  When I finished Expiration Day I felt I needed to find out a lot more about the YA genre  where I’d been assigned.  And my SF shelves definitely looked dated, so I challenged myself to find some new authors there.  And because Expiration Day is not just YA but also SF, I set myself to work through the SFWA Nebula / Andre Norton shortlist.

My favourites from the Andre Norton shortlist were:

#1 Sister Mine by Nalo Hopkinson

#2 The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson

#3 When We Wake by Karen Healey

From the Nebula list:

#4 The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
The rest of my list is a mixed bag of discoveries, new and old

#5 Cinder by Marissa Meyer

#6 Homeland by Cory Doctorow

#7 Boneland by Alan Garner

You’ll find my reviews of most of those on Goodreads and Booklikes,

My Review

Expiration Day is a unique read with surprising realities about human nature and the desire to raise children.

This story is written in a diary/journal format about Tania Deeley's life.  

The world is in chaos with the total drop in fertility.  Rarely, is there a human child that is conceived and actually lives.  To calm society, a company called Oxted designs human androids called Teknoids to fulfill the human desire to raise children.

Tania is the average teenage girl...insecure, and wanting to make friends and fit in.  However, she discovers it difficult at times, and gets bullied.  She does meet some close friends, who have the same love for music, and that friendship blossoms when they start a band.

Expiration Day has so much depth.  The desire for a family is embedded in each person from birth.  So what will happen when the human race can no longer produce these families?  Expiration Day tackles this, and nails it.

I really enjoyed how the story was written.  It was unique and fun to read.  Of course, this story is not short of twists and turns.  Even though Tania had some rough times with her friends, they pulled through.  The ending was completely unexpected in such a OMG kind of way.  I wondered the whole time reading how it would end, but never came up with the final conclusion.  I found all the characters strong, with a nice background.  The whole plot of the story was creative with a twist of technology and sci-fi thrown in.  What an amazing combination to wrap that all with the human most wanted desires.

It is a fun fast paced read, that you will finish before you know it!  I feel honored to be a part of this tour for William Campbell Powell's Debut.

 3 Winners will receive a Copy of Expiration Day +Tor Teen Bag by William Campbell Powell.
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