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
Title: MILA 2.0
Author: Debra Driza
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Expected Publication Date: March 12, 2013
I want to thank Edelweiss for providing me with a copy of this ARC to read and review. This has in no way influenced my opinion or review.
I have to say that what drew me to wanting to read this book originally was the cover. I really love the cover of this book. I love how it pixelated. I now love how that ties into the story. I couldn't resist the cover and so of course I was excited to read the book.
But what the cover doesn't show is how short the book falls. I loved the blurb. I'm not much for reading blurbs but when I read it I couldn't see how this story could not be good. So I dove right in. And from the start, the action grabbed me and swept me away. But then the first 25% of the book was over and I was bored! I started to get angry that nothing was happening. The story was just kind of plodding along without much going on. And then the last 25% of the story happened and I was excited. But it still didn't make up for what was in the middle.
Mila is what would seem like a normal every day 16 year old teenager. She goes to school, hangs out with her friends, does her homework, etc. etc. But underneath she is anything but normal. She's something that I would have never seen coming. Which makes her totally interesting and mysterious. She still acts like a teenage girl, but there's so much more to her. She knows how to do things you only see in spy movies. But she does have the annoying tendencies of a normal teenage girl: no one will like me, how could anyone like me, oh what shall I do with my life. However, I didn't find her particularly relatable. It was really hard to connect with her. She was distant and cold, despite her capability of feeling human emotions. The one thing that makes Mila unique is that she is so much more than human, and this really plays a roll in how she reacts to human situations.
Hunter, oh I really loved Hunter. He was sweet, while being a bit mysterious. But he truly cared for Mila and wanted what was best for her. And, despite knowing she was "different" than other girls, he still wanted to be with her. He was still committed to trying to make things work.
I can say that I found the plot line to be unique for sure. I have not read anything like this before. IN the past I have been unwilling to really read much sic-fi, but recently I have kind of fallen into and over this genre because it's intriguing and unique.
What I didn't like about this book was that I found it to be extremely repetitive. The same things happen over and over again, and the book not moving forward. It very much stalled in the middle and I had to push my way through it, hoping that it would somehow change and things would take off. I also didn't believe in the romance. Mila spends so much of her time not connected to Hunter, it's hard for me to believe that he would be there for her. Also, the book doesn't seem to move much. I felt much of the time it was at a stand still.
I really had high hopes for this book. I so wished I could have gotten more out of it, but it just did not grab me and take off with me. What a shame for it to have fallen so short of my expectations. I will read the next book in the series, because I really do want to know where the story of MILA will go.
3 out of 5 stars from me.