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By Mardine Perrins
Medical Thriller, Dystopian
Paperback & ebook, 304 Pages
March 4, 2021 by Kat Biggie Press
A conspiracy theory no one would have guessed.
It’s 2168 and expiration dates have been a part of the human genome for the last hundred years. Society has grown accustomed to these birthmark dates, revealing the day you will expire. But suddenly, an exponential number of infants are being born across the globe with very short expiration dates, giving them only hours, days to live.
Elisa Quinn’s cousin’s baby is amongst these born with shockingly short expiration dates. Devastated over the rapid demise of the baby, Elisa begins to search for answers. Not satisfied by the response the global government is providing for the growing number of short expiration dates, she sets out to discover what could be behind this alarming trend. Aided by two scientists, Ashlei Quinn and Claude Monark, Elisa investigates the long-standing gestational supplement of nutriment injections as a potential source in the shortened dates.
While researching, the trio uncover an extremist group, Restituere. They learn of the group’s plot to control the growth of the population, potentially exterminating a large portion in the process.
Armed with their new revelations, Elisa and Claude travel to Boston seeking help from the one person they thought they could count on, only to find themselves fighting for their lives. Unable to trust anyone, they venture out on their own to interrupt Restituere’s plot. They soon find themselves in the middle of a deep global conspiracy, and in the crosshairs of those who would stop at nothing to see this plot through.
Unless they can prevent this deadly group’s plans, their loved ones will be lost and the human race altered forever.
If you love Dan Brown’s, Deception Point; Michael Crichton’s, The Andromeda Strain; and A.G. Riddle’s, The Atlantis Gene, you will love Expiration Date.
My thoughts: Expiration Date is a unique Dystopian novel. I have read several and found this concept to be original. Imagine a future where each new baby comes with an expiration date. Everyone has one and when they read the date, they die. It's a freaky and morbid idea that works well in this story.
From the beginning, the reader knows who some of the villains are, but the identity of the mastermind is concealed. He is known as Mr. P. A supplement that expectant mothers receive is the reason there is an expiration date. It has been this way for years and is accepted by the populace. When babies start to die within 72 hours after birth, it causes concern, and a select group of medical workers and scientists begin to question its origins and research if it is a naturally occurring phenomenon.
The book is very fast-paced. There is a lot to take in. Once the action starts, it doesn't let up until the conclusion. I enjoyed this novel and found it to be fascinating.
There are a few content warnings. The book contains fade to black intimacy and the use of the "f" bomb.
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
My Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
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About the Author
Mardine Perrins is a writer and a Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist in a Cardiac Catherization lab in upstate New York. Forever fascinated by the unknown and questioning the unexplored, you’ll find her curiosities displayed throughout her work. Her imagination is driven by anomalies in nature; bizarre creatures that live beneath the sea; underground caverns teaming with undiscovered prehistoric life. She’s captivated with the complexity of the human DNA, mind and body and is drawn to natures ability to overcome, adapt and persist. She investigates why these things exist and how she can bring them to their potential through her stories. She currently lives in East Greenbush, NY with her husband, children and two cats.
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