Publisher: Orange Hat Publishing
Release Date: October 16, 2014
Pages: 274 (ebook)
Genre: Science Fiction
Review Date: October 24, 2016
Rating: 2 bookmarks
Synopsis: In the distant future, due to medical and technological advances, the human race has all but eradicated the threat of disease. Poverty, pestilence, murders and war are fading from memory. The human body is completely repairable with extensive breakthroughs of nanotechnology. Building projects, new developments and scientific innovations are completed with unequaled precision. By all accounts, the global civilization has never been in better shape. The world is perfect, planned and thriving. This is all due to one company-LifeSpan. Saviors to mankind, they have quelled everyone's most elusive fear: When am I going to die? Thanks to LifeSpan technology, everyone knows exactly how long they will live, and are given a precise expiration date at birth. The Collectors arrive to escort you away at the time of expiration. Family members say farewell, accepting your expiration as scientific evolution. All seems well with Cole as he begins a new career at LifeSpan with a promising future . . . until he is swept into a rebellious movement, ready to expose LifeSpan as the most damaging organization ever to enslave the human race. Will Cole join their fight, or stand against them?
I didn't care for the characters overall. What I mean by that is while there was nothing "wrong" with the characters, I didn't connect to a single one, not on any level. I felt like I wasn't vested in the story nor the characters. Instead I was just reading a long, which is never a good thing.
Was it an awful read? No. Was it good? No. On the plus side, I liked the premise. I liked where the author was trying to go, he just didn't quite get there. As I mentioned earlier this was a book club read and the highest rating within the group was a 2.5. As we started to talk about the book, we found that we were able to draw some lines between this story and some other older movies. Regardless, the plot of this story was fun and different from the typical utopia-type read. The science fiction elements raised the bar a bit and I liked the technology that was being used in the story.
If nothing else, Time to Expire is currently free on Kindle Unlimited. So if you want to try it out for free, have at it. After all, as of today, the 24 customers (of which 1 was a verified purchase) that reviewed it on Amazon loved it.