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Friday, April 25, 2014

Blog Tour: Expiration Day by William Campbell Powell (Review, Dream Cast & Giveaway)




Genre:
Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia
Publication.Date  April 22nd 2014
Pages:336
Published By:  TOR Teen
AuthorWilliam Campbell Powell

Expiration Day on Goodreads
My review copy:Received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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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.

(Goodreads)

"How it begins, Mrs. Philpott?"
"Our love affair with language, Miss Deeley. How dull to be an animal, knowing only emotions, or a drab mechanical, knowing only words. To be human is to feel, which is to give expression and texture to our emotions through language."
"Is that all?"
"It's everything, Miss Deeley. Does flesh and blood define humanity? I disbelieve it. Many born of woman do not feel - look at history and ask yourself, could this man or that have acted this way, if he could truly feel?"
"You mean like Hitler?"
"An extreme example, but yes. A man born of woman, I grant, but human?"
"I..."
"A rhetorical question. Don't answer. In act three, scene one, there's a famous speech by Shylock, claiming his own humanity-'I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes?' - and thereafter going to define his humanity in purely physiological terms. Then read his actions. Does he use language to leave the prison of his own head, and understand the feelings of another human? Does he, therefore, love another human more than himself? Or do his actions and his language show that he is alone, locked within his own mind?"
Without the risk of loss, there cannot be genuine love.
"I'm just a copy, I know. A copy of a real human. Not real. So this pain can't be real pain. A good copy, because it really hurts. There's that word again. Real.
"But while we live, we have a duty to make the universe a better place. Just one word of advice, and then I must release you to go off to your next class. The more choices, the better. Life always looks for another choice. Death tries to fool you that there are fewer choices, to cheat you. While you live, choose, and by your choices, make the universe richer."



"Impossible dreams. The toy that becomes a real child.
Me."

     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 you two things: you will be in tears by the time you hit the last page and you will be thinking about the plot and the characters long after you put it down.

     It's year 2049 and humankind is losing hope. Women can no longer conceive, less and less children are born each year, and the society is forced to take extreme measures to keep things under control. In the grim future presented in the book, robots have become so advanced, so human-like in every aspect, they can pose as real human beings. Androids manufactured by Oxted Corporation are sold to desperate couples unable to have their own children. They do everything a real human child would do. They eat, sleep, laugh and cry, attend school, form friendships. They even feel and dream, and most of them live their lives unaware of the fact that they're not, in fact, human.

     Expiration Day follows the story of Tania Deeley, a girl who dreams of being a famous bass player. The book assumes the form of a diary written by Tania, in which she shares her thoughts and feelings, and describes everything (or almost everything) that happens to her from the day she gets the diary app from her parents. Tania has a creative, brilliant soul and a very curious mind. She asks questions, wonders about things. It's through her eyes that we get to explore the disturbing reality of year 2049, and it's her experiences and observations that paint a vivid, personal and profoundly affecting picture.

     Expiration Day is a gripping, sophisticated, and deeply emotional look at what makes us human. Everything about this book - from the intelligent, well-rounded plot line, unexpectedly (considering their nature) three-dimensional characters, and engaging narrative - is excellent, heartfelt and relevant. It's a book filled with beautiful, memorable thoughts and complex, vividly realized ideas. And the message it carries - about being human, about the miracle of child birth and how it should never be taken for granted, about hope, faith and the meaning of life - is something that will stay with me for a long time. 




Dream Cast

Not sure who I’d cast today for all the roles, so I might need a time machine to catch some of these at the right stage of their career.

Tania                   Mara Wilson (Matilda), or Keira Knightley (Atonement, Never Let Me Go). Or Tal Wilkenfeld, who is not an actress, but is a fantastic bassist.

John                    Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy:Harry Potter)

Siân                     Evanna Lynch (Luna:Harry Potter)

Kieran                 Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom:Harry Potter)

Michael               Deeley Martin Freeman (Sherlock, The Hobbit)

Annette               Deeley Cate Blanchett (Bandits)

Mrs Hanson        Celia Imrie

Miss James         Vanessa Redgrave

Mrs Golightly      Maggie Smith


About the author

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.!

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Tour schedule:

April 21st Monday: Jean Book Nerd Interview & Tens List
April 22nd Tuesday: Nerdophiles Review & Guest Post
April 23rd Wednesday: Once Upon a Twilight Review & Spotlight
April 24th Thursday: Bittersweet Enchantment Review & Music Playlist
April 25th Friday: Bookish Review & Dream Cast
April 26th Saturday: The Reader Lines 5 Random Things & Spotlight
April 27th Sunday: Literary Meanderings Interview & Spotlight
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 & Spotlight

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