Title: Mila 2.0
Author: Debra Driza
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: March 12, 2013
Source: ARC from 2013 Debut Author Challenge ARC Tour
Challenge: Debut Author Challenge
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.
This review does contain some spoilers.
I was really excited to read Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza and elated when it showed up as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge ARC Tour. Debuts can often be a crap shoot but I always have high hopes. There are some that blow you away, The Cadet Of Tildor, and others that just don’t resonate, Nobody But Us. Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza landed somewhere in the middle.
Mila 2.0 is the story of a girl who learns she is an android and has a lot of difficulty accepting it. The first part of the book has Mila going to High School, where she is the new kid. Her only friend sets her sights on the new boy in school, who of course only has eyes for Mila. Not one to take this lying down, Kaylee creates a situation that leads to a terrible accident which should have killed Mila. This accident is not fatal but it does expose (literally) that she is not like most girls.
This is where the book should have gotten more interesting but it did not. Yes, Mila is upset to learn she is an android and that all of her memories are false. She is angry with the woman she thought was her mother for lying to her. I feel this portion of the book went on a little to long. It may be that I did not feel connected with Mila but I was just not that interested in her conflicted feelings of finding her true identity. I think the point was to humanize Mila, to show how she is a real girl with real feelings but the point is nearly drilled into the head of the reader.
Once Mila moves past the teen angst stage, Mila 2.0 does start to pick-up. There are lots of great fighting sequences and tons of action. We learn more about the people involved in the Mila project and are even teased with information about a mole from a secret organization. This part of the book was my favorite and by far the most interesting.
Mila 2.0 leaves the reader wanting to know more, as is the fashion with most trilogies. Even though I found Mila 2.0 rather middle of the road, I do think there is plenty to explore in the world created by Debra Driza. I mostly enjoyed Mila 2.0 and would say it is a good debut novel that has the potential to become a more interesting story in books two and three.
What You Will Find
- Cute Romantic Interest
- Teen Angst
- Bad Ass Fighting Robot
Summary and cover image from goodreads.