Review: MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza

March 11, 2013 ARC, ARC Tour, Book Review, Debra Driza, HarperCollins, Katherine Tegen Books, MILA 2.0, Sci-fi, Science Fiction, Thriller, YA, Young Adult 23


Publication Date: March 12th 2013

From Goodreads:

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.

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Admittedly, MILA 2.0 wasn’t immediately on my radar. It wasn’t until I heard that Shonda Rhimes was set to produce MILA 2.0 as a tv show that I took an interest. I mean, androids? Not really my thing, but I watch and love Shonda Rhimes’s other shows so I had to give this one a shot and I’m so glad I did!

Recovering from a tragedy that took her father, as well as a lot of her memories, Mila and her mother move to a small town for a fresh start. She makes some ‘friends’, if you can call them that, and meets an even newer boy in town, Hunter. After an accident caused by one of these horrible ‘friends’, Mila discovers she is… different.

Now, this first section of the book was relatively short and in fact only takes place in the matter of a couple days. We really don’t explore these people we are introduced to much throughout the rest of the book, which I was totally fine with. Hunter appears to be more important as the potential love interest but his presence was so minor which still leaves me with my doubts about him.

After the accident and demanding answers, Mila’s ‘mom’ informs her that she is an android (Mobile Intel Lifelike Android), designed by the military, and she was stolen from the lab in an effort to protect her. Her body functions and emotions were all manufactured. She was meant to only mimic human emotions but she was seemingly experiencing them a little too much, which caused her to be of no further use to the military. Therefore, a new model was created, Mila 3.0, and she was set to be terminated.

This is where everything gets really adventurous. Running for their lives, they meet obstacle after obstacle. This was full of action and excitement as we also start to see what Mila can really do. I thought this part was really cool and I kept picturing Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator with the red screen and bullseye that would pop up because Mila could assess every circumstance they were in, where potential threats lie, etc. I thought this might squick me out but actually, it had the opposite effect. This was my favorite part of the whole book, really.

As far as Mila goes, I found her to be complex and a great protagonist. She really just wants to be… normal. And even though a lot of her memories were fake, she still developed such a connection of loyalty to her ‘mom’. I loved their dynamic. Such a protective nature over each other. This was another huge highlight of the book for me.

At almost 500 pages, MILA 2.0 is a hefty read. And at times, I felt it. Though we are treated to some great action, there are moments where I felt things could have been condensed a little bit, but on a whole it didn’t bother me all that much.

As I was reading, I could easily envision the plot as a tv thriller. There are places that can be expanded and more areas to be explored. I am thoroughly excited for the sequel!

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*A very huge THANK YOU to the Debut Author ARC Tours for allowing me the chance to read and review this novel, here at Forever 17 Books.

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

23 Responses to “Review: MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza”

  1. Tanja - Tanychy

    Wait what? A tv-show? Wow I didn’t know that well but we can say that Mila 2.0. just moved few places on my to-read list. I saw this book around but like you I wasn’t so interested in it. I’m happy to hear all these great things about it 🙂 Great review 🙂

  2. Soma Rostam

    Well, you are definitely right Sara
    I finished this book last week but I have not published my review, yet
    It is a long read and it took me a couple of days to finish it.
    But it was worth it
    A lot of my trusted blogs didn’t like it at all, giving it no more than 3 stars. But i liked it a lot and i think i am going for 4 stars this time
    Your reader,
    Soma
    http://insomnia-of-books.blogspot.com/

  3. Katie

    Fabulous review. I’ve been reading some mixed reviews for this one so I wasn’t sure what to expect. This really does sound like one I will enjoy. I will definitely be picking up my copy soon!

  4. Alise (Readers In Wonderland)

    I agree with Kate, all the mixed reviews made me a little iffy about it. I got it in the Goodreads First Reads program so I guess no harm done if I don’t like it. I’m happy to hear Mila was a good MC. “I kept picturing Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator with the red screen and bullseye…” LOL, sounds awesome! Great review, now I’m looking forward to this!

  5. Lauren

    I totally agree with you that things could have been condensed somewhat. Glad to hear you enjoyed it overall though! I did have fun with the action scenes, but I was a bit disappointed at some of the slower parts, particularly the beginning. I guess I was expecting a nonstop thrillride. I think my expectations were too high because of the hype and the show. 🙂

    Fabulous review!

  6. Lauren @ Love is not a triangle

    I’m with you in that it’s not really on my radar, but I keep seeing good reviews! It seems a little strange to me that she meets all these people in the beginning and then they don’t really come up again. I’m guessing they will later in the series, though. But android/military plot line and them running for their lives sounds exciting. Still, I may wait for book 2 to invest. Thanks for the review!

  7. Rachel Edmundson

    I have been so excited to read this, but the funny thing is I’m not very excited about them making a TV show. I feel the same way about movies now. I used to get so excited when I heard that they were making a book I loved into a show or movie, but I m always disappointed by the end result. Maybe they’ll get it right with Mila though! Thanks for the review!

  8. Vivien

    I did really enjoy this one. Once it got going it was really action packed. I do which it had answered some more questions but now I’ll definitely read the sequel!

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