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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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