Mini Review: Origins: The Fire

MILA 2 Origins of Fire


ORIGINS: THE FIRE by Debra Driza was released in the U.S. on January 8, 2013 in eBook format only. It is currently available to order online at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the story is 15 pages.

ORIGINS: THE FIRE is a free eBook short story that includes the first seven chapters of MILA 2.0



Heart-stopping and electric, MILA 2.0: Origins: The Fire contains a short prequel story and an excerpt to MILA 2.0, the first book in a riveting Bourne Identity–style trilogy by Debra Driza.

Mila can’t remember anything before the fire that took her father’s life. It’s normal to have some memory loss after traumatic events, but Mila doesn’t remember if she’s ever learned to ride a bike, or if she’s ever been in love. Nothing.

What she doesn’t know is that she isn’t supposed to remember—that she was built in a computer science lab and programmed to forget. Because if she remembers, she might discover her true identity.

The question is: If she relived the fire, what would she see?


ORIGINS: THE FIRE offers readers a short introduction to the world of MILA 2.0 along with several chapters from the full-length novel. It is a teaser-length story that gives just a taste of the author’s writing and only hints at who Mila is. The context for this story itself is revealed in MILA 2.0.

It’s an engaging read that tells the tale of the fire that was an integral part of Mila’s memories. And it ends in a way that may be a bit of a surprise to those who haven’t yet “met” Mila or read the description for the novel.

Readers should not expect a novella-length story. It is simply a brief intro. But for those who have yet to purchase the full-length novel, it gives a nice long look at seven chapters from the book.

Set before the events in MILA 2.0, ORIGINS: THE FIRE can be enjoyed by both those who have read the book and those who have yet to read it.

Reviewer gives this short story…


On a personal note…

I really liked this short story. I found myself totally caught up in what was happening, so I was more than a little bit surprised when it ended so suddenly. Of course I wanted more!

I’d been alerted to the fact that it was so short before I started reading it, so I wasn’t as surprised as I would have been had I not known that most of the eBook was taken up with several chapters from MILA 2.0.

It was interesting reading it after having read MILA 2.0, knowing exactly what was going on. But I can imagine, if I read this story first, I would have wondered what the heck happened right there at the end.

I am glad that this was written and that I read it. It makes me even more sympathetic toward Mila and makes me wonder a little bit more about Mila’s mom. Though I won’t say why, as my questions about her are rather spoiler-y.

As this was such a short read, I won’t make my review any longer than it already is, but I will just say that the eBook offers readers a great short story and a nice long look at the full-length novel.

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