Mila 2.0 – Debra Driza

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10222362Mila 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 have been dying for Mila 2.0 for months now. I love dystopia/sci fi types of books..not to mention that the cover of Mila 2.0 is so freakin cool! The book is about a sixteen-year-old girl named Mila. She lives in the middle of nowhere on a ranch with her mom. Her dad just died in a horrible fire, and she is now the new girl at school. But soon there is an accident that reveals that Mila is not exactly human.

Now Mila and her mom are on the run from the government, who actually created Mila. At the same time, Mila is having a really hard time coming to terms with the fact that she is an android, especially when she feels so human. There are a lot of twists and turns in this book that force Mila to accept the fact that is she an android, but still having to embrace the humanity in her as well.

 

There are four parts to Mila 2.0. The first part starts off a little bit slowly. That’s where most of the foundation is laid. That’s where we learn about Mila’s fake life…and then we slowly start to learn that Mila is different. But it’s during the second, third and fourth parts that Mila 2.0 is a jaw dropper.

I had a really hard time putting this book down, because it was so action packed. During the last quarter of part 1 the action starts, and then it. never. stops. So many twists and turns and “woah” moments are thrown at you in this book. I swear it like put my blood pressure way higher than it needed to be. My heart pounded, my palms sweated, and I was just in complete and utter awe.

Those of you who are way into books that have hot and heavy romances will be a little disappointed with Mila 2.0. There were two potential love interests that were introduced, Hunter and Lucas, but there was really no real romance or love triangle going on in the book. Hunter is only in the book for a very brief period of time, and Lucas plays a bigger role during the last half of the book,  but there was no real attraction between him and Mila. I’m expecting that the second book will be a lot more focused on the romance factor, but it just didn’t happen in this one.

What I loved about Mila 2.0 is that I never could guess anything that was going to happen. In most books, the action scene is toward the end and predictions are made way in advance, but Mila 2.0 has a million action scenes. So many things are happening in this book, and there are so many twists and turns, that I just never knew what to expect. There were even a couple things that I guessed in the beginning of the book that never even happened. I was always on my toes, and I loved it.

I did have a slight problem with the torture scenes that are introduced when Mila is brought to the government facility. Don’t worry…there’s no gore or nastiness that happens during this book, but I really didn’t know what to expect with those scenes. I really wanted to skim those pages, because I was so flippin nervous, but I forced myself to sit through them…even if my eyes were scrunched up a little bit.

I also had a problem with Mila’s obsession with Hunter, because he really wasn’t in the book for that long. I know that he played a small part in the first few chapters, but then he just wasn’t around for like over 300 pages. And Mila was just always going on about him, and I was like seriously? You met this guy for like 2 days. Big whoop. So I did have a slight problem with that. I also didn’t fall in love with Lucas. Hopefully that changes in the second book.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza. I’m obsessed over this book and this series, and I just want more. I’m actually pretty devastated that I read Mila 2.0 already, because now I probably have to wait like a year for the second one. My advice to readers who pick up this book is to just push throughthe first so many chapters when she doesn’t really know about herself yet. Once you get through that, things pick up pretty quickly and never stop. Go read this book. It’s out in stores already, so no excuses!

Pages: 480

Publication Date: March 12th, 2013

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Rating: [rating: 4]

 

Teaser Quote: “The room was a small square of hopelessness.
A flash of red. And then:
Dimensions: 10 ft. by 9 ft.
I swallowed a horrific giggle. Perfect. And now I knew the exact measurements of hopelessness.”