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Author: Debra Driza
Genre: Young Adult SciFi
Published: March 12th 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
Mila 2.0 is the first book in an electrifying sci-fi thriller series about a teenage girl who discovers that she is an experiment in artificial intelligence.
Mila was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was a girl living with her mother in a small Minnesota town. She was supposed to forget her past—that she was built in a secret computer science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do.
Now she has no choice but to run—from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology. However, what Mila’s becoming is beyond anyone’s imagination, including her own, and it just might save her life.
Mila 2.0 is Debra Driza’s bold debut and the first book in a Bourne Identity-style trilogy that combines heart-pounding action with a riveting exploration of what it really means to be human. Fans of I Am Number Four will love Mila for who she is and what she longs to be—and a cliffhanger ending will leave them breathlessly awaiting the sequel.
I've been waiting for this for months (you guys have no idea) so I was stoked when I got the chance to review this. I love the cover and I found the plot really interesting. I don't usually go for scifi books but MILA 2.0 definitely lured me in.
While the story didn't pick up immediately, I still appreciate how we were given a few chapters of normalcy before all the chaos commenced. I didn't like Mila very well in the beginning because I felt like she was rather bland. On some level her behavior was quite understandable because she lost her "dad" in as well as huge chunks of her "memory." I just wish there was a bit more umph to the way her thoughts were written, you know?
Then we have Mila and Hunter - it was insta love... almost. Premature insta love is more like it. Before they even began their love story already took a really long break. I didn't get why the story had to include a love angle that seemed to evolve into something beyond a crush. I think the story would've still gone smoothly without it. I like the idea that Hunter's involvement was meant to show that Mila, despite being an android, was indeed capable of experiencing normal human feelings. But for Mila to obsess over Hunter till the very end? A tad too much.
However, as far as showing that Mila was indeed becoming more and more human, I think Driza did a great job. Mila thought and acted like a regular teenager towards her mom, friends and even her crush. It actually became confusing for me when Mila found out that she wasn't human and she struggled to come to terms with everything. She got so upset at her "mom" for lying to her about everything but then again she didn't really have real memories to begin with. It was just so confusing and oddly enough I liked it. I felt how conflicted she was feeling.
The thing that I liked most about MILA 2.0, was how action packed it was! Once I got past the weird insta love angle, I really couldn't get enough. I really enjoyed Driza's writing - there was never a dull moment once Mila and her mom started running. The pacing was great and the descriptions were so vivid. The story came to life with Driza's excellent writing.
Debra Driza's thrilling debut novel opens a series that has a lot of promise. I liked this book overall and I'm looking forward to the next one, eager to see what else is in store.
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About the author
I'm a wife, a mom, a dog lover, a writer, a physical therapist, and the owner of the messiest purses on the planet. No, really. Sometimes I worry that I'll reach inside for my keys and lose a hand in the process. My YA thriller series debuts in Fall 2012 with Katherine Tegen Books/Harper Collins. Oh, and when I grow up, I want to be Veronica Mars.