Publication Date: March 12, 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Page Count: 480
Synopsis: 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.
Review: Mila 2.0 wasn't quite what I was expecting.
Mila was a likable character. She sometimes grated on my nerves, especially in the beginning, but overall, she was a fine narrator. In the beginning, it's like a typical YA book with the stereotypical "not-fitting-in" scenario. Mila's "friends" are jerks who spend more time staring at their nails than talking to Mila. They seem to only discuss boys. And speaking of boys, it was really strange how quickly and strongly Mila becomes attached to Hunter. She doesn't spout "I love you"s or anything, but after only knowing him for a few days, she seems to think of Hunter as her lifeboat to normalcy.
I liked the relationship between Mila and her mother. The change in Mila's attitude was interesting to see, and their developing understanding of one another was great. I felt like there were too many unanswered questions about Mila's mother by the end of the book, and by the way the book ended, I'm not sure they're going to be answered in the next installment.
There were certain passages that I felt were drawn out or even unnecessary. Everything felt sluggish and I wished for the plot to pick up. But there were also scenes that were pure entertainment and action. It was a mixture of dullness and thrill.
The book definitely got better as it went along. At first, I wasn't sure if I was that invested in the book, but by the end, I realized that Mila 2.0 is definitely worth a read if you're a fan of thrilling sci-fi books. Mila 2.0 is an overall excellent debut, despite some reservations.