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Review: MILA 2.0

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MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza was released in the U.S. on March 12, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 480 pages.

MILA 2.0 is the first book in author Debra Driza’s new series of the same name. The second book, currently untitled, is slated for release on April 1, 2014.

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Goodreads description…

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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MILA 2.0 is an action-packed, suspense-filled and wildly entertaining first book in author Debra Driza’s new series with an atypical main character who is incredibly likable and surprisingly relatable. With a fast pace, an exciting storyline that will keep readers riveted and an ending that will make them anxious for the next installment, this book is the perfect way to jump-start this series.

Mila Daily had no idea she wasn’t like everyone else. She had no idea that the recent tragedy that made her mother relocate them to Clearwater wasn’t real. She had no idea that her memories weren’t real. She had no idea she wasn’t real.

Until an accident revealed the truth and set into motion events that would force her and her mother to flee the town they only recently called home. Force Mila to learn about who she really was and what she was capable of. Force Mila to become ACTIVE.

And force her to leave behind the boy who stole her heart. A heart that she never really had to begin with.

MILA 2.0 combines elements of science fiction, action/adventure and a touch of romance in a story that has at its core the development of the main character and the question of what makes someone human. And with its rapid pace, its shifting setting, its changing cast of secondary characters, and a heroine who is easy to connect with, this story will have a wider appeal than those stories geared only toward readers of sci-fi.

Mila may not be a typical heroine, but she very much resembles one. She acts like the teenager she appears to be. She thinks like one. She has all the feelings and emotions that any teenage girl would have. And as such, she’s incredibly sympathetic, likable and easy to relate to.

But she is also fierce, competitive and deadly, qualities only touched upon in this first book in the series, but will likely play a larger role in the sequel. And which will make her a powerful and dangerous ally or adversary.

Told in four parts, each more exciting, tension-filled and captivating than the last, author Debra Driza has created a story that is intriguing, fun and lightning-fast, and the perfect escape into a world that is danger-filled with a character who is every bit as charming as she is lethal.

Reviewer gives this book…

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On a personal note…

I loved this book. Seriously loved it. I did not expect it to be as quick of a read as it was. I did not expect it to be as action-packed, even with the description comparing it to one of my favorite films.

I did not expect to adore the main character like I did. I certainly didn’t expect to make a connection with her. I did not expect her humanity.

I anticipated this story would be very scientific in nature. I expected passages detailing the technology behind MILA 2.0’s creation. I expected to be interested but not engaged.

But oh my gosh I was engaged. I was riveted. I wanted to know what Mila’s real story was. I wanted to know more about her “mother” Nicole. I knew that things couldn’t stay as they were and I anxiously awaited the moment when things would change.

There is so much I loved about this story, but as it would require me to go into way too much detail about what happened with Mila, her mom, Lucas and another character who I won’t name as it would be spoiler-y, I can only talk about just a few things I loved.

I loved how the author introduced her character in the first part of the story. If someone didn’t read the book’s description or take a close look at the cover they might have been just as in the dark as the character about who and what she was.

And I loved that this story was separated into parts. Each one taking me somewhere new. Each one introducing me to a slightly different Mila. Each one offering up a new adventure.

I loved Mila’s relationship with Hunter at the beginning. And I loved her interactions with Lucas at the end. But the thing I loved most was that she had relationships at all. That she wasn’t what she was expected to be. That there was so much more to her.

As someone who doesn’t consider myself a sci-fi fan, I found myself connecting to this story and character from the very beginning. I thought the author did an amazing job developing her main character. I thought that after the initial set-up the pace just took off and didn’t let up. But I liked that the story didn’t start off so quickly. I liked that the author took the time to introduce her character before things got crazy.

There was the perfect amount of action and suspense in MILA 2.0. There was more than enough mystery, romance and heartbreak – yes I cannot believe I teared up on more than one occasion during my read. But especially after what happened toward the end.

I am still wary about a certain character’s motivations. But I suppose I’ll have to wait for the sequel to find out if my suspicions are correct. And I think there’s something going on with the character I won’t name, which is not going to make Holland at all happy. Which is fine by me.

The ending is not one with a cliffhanger, exactly, but because I desperately want to continue the story, it feels very much like one. I want to know more about a certain group that was only mentioned very briefly in this first book, but I hope will have a larger part to play in the next.

And I want to know whether a character whose safety is very much up in the air at the end of this book will be making an appearance. I really, really hope so.

MILA 2.0 was such a fun and entertaining read. My connection with the character was a complete surprise. My total enjoyment of this type of story was also unexpected. It had just the right amount of tech and science for me. Not too heavy. Not too light. And it even managed to tug at my heartstrings. Yep, loved this book.

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Favorite passage…

I have a favorite passage. It’s an amazing passage that immediately grabbed me, that I would love to share. But it is a bit longer than I should share, with no logical cut-off point. And it is a bit revealing. So I won’t post it here.

But for those who want to know, it is the passage that begins with… His sideways glance burned right through my arm….

So, I’m sharing one that is much shorter, but makes me smile because it is so Mila.

The room was a small square of hopelessness.

A flash of red. And then:

Dimensions: 10 ft. by 9 ft.

I swallowed a horrified giggle. Perfect. And now I knew the exact measurements of hopelessness.

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This review is based on an ARC I received through a trade and is my honest option of the book.

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10 Responses to “Review: MILA 2.0”

  1. SO glad to hear that this book is good – it looks amazing, but people have been varied on their reactions to it, and I wanted to like it (when you have a 500+ page book in your TBR, you really have to hope you like it). Your review has given me hope. Have you read the prequel story to it? It also looks intriguing. :)

    • Fiktshun009 says:

      I’ve heard there were mixed reviews too. I have to check those out now that I’ve posted mine.

      But I loved seeing Mila in her different iterations in each part of the story. And I just know there’s a LOT more action ahead with the series.

      It’s not heavy on the details with the science, which maybe was what some people missed? But it was one of those things that allowed me to keep engaged as I would have bored easily if there had been too much descriptive language.

      I hope you enjoy it too. Part Two is where things really pick up pace-wise.

      And I haven’t yet but I own it and hopefully when things get a little quieter mid-April I’ll get a chance to read it. Novellas always seem to fall of the reading pile, don’t they? :)

  2. Kelley says:

    Oh, what an awesome review! This gives me so much hope! The first reviews I saw for this book weren’t very exciting, but the more I read about it, the more enticed I become. I am such a sucker for androids and cyborgs, so this is right up my alley. Can’t wait to read it now!

    • Fiktshun009 says:

      Thanks! I know people who loved it and others who said it wasn’t for them. I just loved the character development and the writing and I really enjoyed the changes from one part to the next. I like the switch-up with the setting. It really helped keep my interest. I loved Cinder as a cyborg but I don’t think I’ve read any other books quite like either.

      I hope you get the chance to read MILA 2.0 and love it too!

  3. JennRenee says:

    Awesome review. I can’t wait to get my hands on this book. I am loving all the scifi coming out. It sounds very character driven and that is just the kind of story i want.

    • Fiktshun009 says:

      Thanks JennRenee! I hope you get your hands on a copy soon. I loved it and if you don’t have a ton of time to read it’s great to enjoy it Part by Part which offer great stopping points if you choose to.

      It is character driven and I thought Mila was so adorable. I never would have imagined loving an android! But I thought Mila was awesome. Such a fun read.

      And I think in each part there was a bit of a different look at her as a character which was really interesting too.

  4. Brooke says:

    I wasn’t completely impressed with this book. Loved the plot, but I felt it fell short in the middle. I was wondering where characters were that were introduced, like they fell off the face of the earth. So strange.

    • Fiktshun009 says:

      So sorry to hear you didn’t love it. I liked the change in scenery and the introduction to new characters. It’s very much like those action/spy-thriller films that shift and you get a whole different setting as the story progresses.

      Aside from Hunter I was glad to be away from Clearwater after that first part and really liked meeting Lucas toward the end. I’m curious to see what direction this will head next.

      But there are books where I don’t like the setting changes. This one I was expecting it.

      Of course I’m hoping that one group makes an appearance in the sequel. I suppose that remains TBD.

  5. parajunkee says:

    I have been on the edge – should I read this one – should I just let it go… There has been a lot of neggies, I don’t think people liked android girl. This makes me want to move a little more to the gotta read…

    • Fiktshun009 says:

      I’m so glad I didn’t check out the ratings/reviews before I picked it up. While I knew one blogger who wasn’t able to get into it, I wanted to see for myself. I always worry about sway and I hate reading a book wondering why I’m loving it if everyone else didn’t, so I try never to look at ratings for titles I want to read.

      I liked android girl and getting to know her in various stages of her awareness. It’s definitely worth checking out. I think you’ll know pretty quickly whether you’ll want to keep reading or not. I thought it had a broad appeal, but maybe those looking for a bit more of the science/technology would find it light. Not sure. Off to check out a few more reviews!

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