I received this book for free from Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza
Series: MILA 2.0 #1
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on March 12th, 2013
Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Mila was living with her mother in a small Minnesota town when she discovered she was also living a lie.
She was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was never supposed to remember the past—that she was built in a 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.
Evading her enemies won’t help Mila escape the cruel reality of what she is and cope with everything she has had to leave behind. However, what she’s becoming is beyond anyone’s imagination, including her own, and that just might save her life.
A compulsively readable sci-fi thriller, Mila 2.0 is Debra Driza’s bold debut and the first book in an action-filled, Bourne Identity–style trilogy.
MILA 2.0 is an interesting, thrilling debut great for science fiction fans craving an action-packed adventure. Ultimately, however, it misses the kind of spark that will have me coming back for more.
So it’s no big secret that I love science fiction. Though the setting was not as futuristic or advanced as I may have thought before reading it—in fact, I think the setting is actually more present day than anything—having an android as a main character was a refreshing change of pace. I loved the integration of Mila’s android aspects into the novel–the descriptions of her defense systems, information processing, etc. It’s exactly the kind of science fiction element I like, and it was quite well developed.
In fact, Mila was quite an interesting character. Thinking she was a regular human until painfully confronted with the truth of her identity is really intriguing to read about. It’s quite endearing how you see her try to cling to the things that make her human, that define her humanity, while being terrified at evidence of her mechanical aspects. However, this battle to retain her humanity could have delved deeper and was a bit pre-empted due to the constantly moving action.
Most of the novel consists of Mila being on the run from her creators and another mysterious organization while she gradually comes to terms with who she is, and later fighting desperately to protect her mom. The plot is filled with action and it’s hard to find a stopping point to read when you’re swept up in the compulsively readable story.
What I did find a bit baffling, though, is that Driza tried to put a romantic element into this story that came off a bit as instalove. Mila gets to know a boy over three or four days (I believe) and is head over heels for him, and does not fail to remind you of that at any point in the story. The build up to their relationship was so
Personally, when I reached the conclusion, there was a reluctant feeling of, “What did I just read?” I’m sure you probably know the feeling. You’ve gone through a whole story and while you know there was a plot and it did engage you to a certain extent, there’s a kind of feeling of pointlessness when you reach the end. What did we do that for? To me, this is the negative side effect of this trilogy plague in the young adult genre. The story is so unfinished that it’s just frustrating. It’s not that it ends on a cliffhanger—we thankfully avoided that, so props—but it’s that you know there’s more to the story and you really only scratched the surface here. And it may not have been enough to convince readers to hang on for another year to see where the sequel takes the story.