Mila 2.0

Mila 2.0

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By (author) Debra Driza

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  • Publisher: KATHERINE TEGEN BOOKS
  • Format: Hardback | 470 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 211mm x 46mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 12 March 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0062090364
  • ISBN 13: 9780062090362
  • Sales rank: 317,282

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Debra Driza's MILA 2.0 is the first book in a gripping Bourne Identity-style trilogy about a girl who discovers she is actually an android.Mila was never supposed to remember her past, or know what lurked beneath her synthetic skin. She was never meant to learn that she was "born" in a secret computer science lab and programmed with superhuman skills. But when a group of hooded men show up on her doorstep, hoping to strip her of her advanced technology, she has no choice but to run for her life. In every direction there are dangerous people, hunting her down. They will do whatever it takes to capture Mila, including hurting the people she cares about most.Filled with secrets, action, and even romance, MILA 2.0 is perfect for readers who love sci-fi thrillers like the Partials series and I Am Number Four.

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By Debby (Snuggly Oranges) 14 Sep 2013 3

MILA 2.0 is an interesting, thrilling debut great for science fiction fans craving an action-packed adventure. Ultimately, however, it misses the kind of spark that will have me coming back for more.

So it's no big secret that I love science fiction. Though the setting was not as futuristic or advanced as I may have thought before reading it-in fact, I think the setting is actually more present day than anything-having an android as a main character was a refreshing change of pace. I loved the integration of Mila's android aspects into the novel-the descriptions of her defense systems, information processing, etc. It's exactly the kind of science fiction element I like, and it was quite well developed.

In fact, Mila was quite an interesting character. Thinking she was a regular human until painfully confronted with the truth of her identity is really intriguing to read about. It's quite endearing how you see her try to cling to the things that make her human, that define her humanity, while being terrified at evidence of her mechanical aspects. However, this battle to retain her humanity could have delved deeper and was a bit pre-empted due to the constantly moving action.

Most of the novel consists of Mila being on the run from her creators and another mysterious organization while she gradually comes to terms with who she is, and later fighting desperately to protect her mom. The plot is filled with action and it's hard to find a stopping point to read when you're swept up in the compulsively readable story.

What I did find a bit baffling, though, is that Driza tried to put a romantic element into this story that came off a bit as instalove. Mila gets to know a boy over three or four days (I believe) and is head over heels for him, and does not fail to remind you of that at any point in the story. The build up to their relationship was so nonexistant rushed because there was so much action that had to be fit in the novel, but the result is that I don't buy the romance, and it doesn't have my heart pounding. In my opinion, in this case, I could have done without romance.

Personally, when I reached the conclusion, there was a reluctant feeling of, "What did I just read?" I'm sure you probably know the feeling. You've gone through a whole story and while you know there was a plot and it did engage you to a certain extent, there's a kind of feeling of pointlessness when you reach the end. What did we do that for? To me, this is the negative side effect of this trilogy plague in the young adult genre. The story is so unfinished that it's just frustrating. It's not that it ends on a cliffhanger-we thankfully avoided that, so props-but it's that you know there's more to the story and you really only scratched the surface here. And it may not have been enough to convince readers to hang on for another year to see where the sequel takes the story.

Summing Up...

MILA 2.0 takes you on an action-packed thrill ride. If that's what you're looking for, you're good. But ultimately, there were some missed opportunities to make this a truly memorable novel, though there's still room for that to develop in the sequel. Will I continue on with the series? I'm leaning a bit to a no.

Recommended To...

Fans of action heavy science fiction, such as I am Number Four.

By Janita Van Dyk 04 Apr 2013 5

Trying to collect my thoughts here, but it's so so hard. Mila 2.0 was so full of humanity and relateable-ness and just plain action-awesomeness. I'm so glad that I read this book and was introduced to this character!

Debra Driza does a great job of stepping away from the trendy YA plots we're seeing nowadays where there's tons of girl-meets-guy focus and instead recognizes Mila as an independent, strong, but vulnerable character who can tell her own story without relying on a guy to help her through it every step of the way. Her questioning and self-doubt felt so organic, meaningful, and not overly done. She wasn't constantly at odds with herself, and she stood by her commitments and her morals. Debra Driza knew how to balance reflective moments with action-centered, heart-pounding chases.

I loved that Mila could be angry at her mom for lying to her about Mila being an android, but when push came to shove, Mila stood by her mother anyways because she had been the only person to recognize Mila's humanity and care for her, almost like a real mother. She was Mila's lifeline to humanity and her reason to keep pushing through, which I loved.

My favourite parts of the book are the action scenes. They are so cinematic and just perfect. I never felt myself questioning the authenticity or the need for the action. It was seamless with the rest of the book, incredibly visual, and adrenaline-fueled. I flew through this book because of how fast-paced it was and how exhilarated I felt while reading it, and at the same time I felt so connected to Mila. I didn't get annoyed with any of her sulking because it was so realistic and exactly what any of us would have done in her situation.

I know some people have been complaining about the insta-love connection, but to me it made sense! She was new to a small-town and couldn't connect with anyone else. Suddenly she finds out that her mother has been lying to her about her origins, and the only person that has accepted her is the new guy. There wasn't any crazy over the top romance, just a boy and a girl who liked each other and were willing to see where it went from there. There wasn't some paramount destiny tying them together, there wasn't some secret that either one was trying to figure out about the other, the guy wasn't described as over the top handsome and mysterious, it was just a normal crush, and I loved every minute of it.

The flow of the book worked really well for me. The first part establishes Mila's humanity, the second part kind of rips it away, and the third part is her trying to piece her identity together. This book is purely amazing, I loved every minute of it, and I would recommend it to anyone!

By Sarah Elizabeth 11 Mar 2013 4

(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins Publishers and Edelweiss.)
16-year-old Mila's life has been turned upside down by her father's death and then moving away for her mothers work. But things are about to get even crazier when Mila discovers that she's not human, and her memories, including those of her father are all fake.

Mila is actually 'Mobile Intel Lifelike Android' and her life is not her own. The government body that created her wants her back, and they'll stop at nothing to get her.

With only her mum, and herself to depend on, can Mila evade the people who want to catch her? How many other people are after her? And will she ever be free?


This book wasn't exactly what I was expecting, but I liked it!

This book starts off reading like a contemporary romance, and then some odd things start happening. What made this book so good was how human Mila was though. Even though she's told she's an android and she's not really human, she is. Mila is so human, and her emotions are real, and believing that she's an android is not easy, even with proof, because she just seems so normal! I totally got why she was so bewildered by the whole thing because I was right there along with her.

I loved how Mila felt about her mother. I know her emotions and memories were supposed to be fake, but Mila continued to fight for her mother, and love her mother even when she was told that it was all a lie. This was just more proof for me of how human Mila really was, because surely an android can't love? I know in a lot of books when someone finds out that their parent(s) are not their biological parent(s) they rebel or turn against them, but Mila never did this, meaning that she must have developed feelings of her own towards her mother in the short time they had together.

I really liked Hunter (the love interest at the beginning). He was such a sweetheart, and I thought that he and Mila were so sweet together. I was a little apprehensive at times as to whether Mila could really trust him, but we'll have to wait and see if I'm right to be apprehensive!
Again though, Mila's feelings towards Hunter were something that she developed on her own, another thing to show that her feelings and emotions were anything but android.

I liked the storyline in this book, although I liked the beginning a little more than the end. By the end of the book I was getting a little tired of the chase (as I'm sure was Mila), and I was desperately hoping that Mila could get away from her pursuers and be left alone. There were some sad moments in this book as well as the action, and I did feel for Mila at times.
I can see why this book has been compared to the 'Bourne Identity' series as there is certainly no lack of action, with car chases and the lack of clarity for Mila over exactly what she is.
Things calmed down a little at the end, although it is obvious that Mila's story will be continued in the next instalment. It will be interesting to see what happens to poor Mila next!

Overall; this book had romance, feeling, mystery, androids, and plenty of action!
7.5 out of 10.

By Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books) 02 Feb 2013 5

Did I like it, love it, or think it was just okay? I loved it!!

The characters: I really felt for Mila, and I connected with her because her emotions were so real and vivid. Driza wrote her with passion and where what she is feeling and thinking really jumped off the page. I think that her struggle when she found out that she was an Android was so compelling, and very realistic. I can't imagine finding out something like that when my whole time I thought that I was a human. She feels, thinks, and has friends, sure there are some hazy memories, but everything seems so real.
It draws up an interesting question for me of what makes defines real. I never failed to connect with her, and she was always fighting for the person that she loves, so what really makes her different from me? What's inside? Metal vs not? It is just weird if you really think about it.
I liked Lucas, he was well written and though I can't say a lot about him without being a spoiler. But how he questioned things and then became loyal to what he believes in really inspired me.
As for her friend, Kaylee... Well, I can't believe the changes in her. I really don't understand how she was so friendly and including, and then NOT. I hope that there is some explanation in the next book.
I loved Mila's relationship with her mom, and how it changed several times with the circumstances. I think it reflects a real mother/daughter relationship because they aren't usually always good or bad, but fluctuating. But I think that how they learned to talk to one another and really learned that they could trust each other was beautiful. I couldn't believe what happened to them, and I wish there were things that couldn't be fixed, that I want desperately to be fixed.

The romance: I just wasn't feeling it. Friendship yes, the possibility that more could be there, sure... But hopefully the next book will pick a guy and really develop that, because I think I will have a hard time if they are both developed and fleshed out and then one of them won't be with her.

The cover: I like the colors, and the parts of her face. It catches my eye, and I think that it is a good fit for the story.

The pacing: It kept me wanting to keep flipping pages, there was always something going on, lots of action, and lots of feelings, as well as character growth and development. I didn't know HOW they were going to fix things at every turn.

The world/setting: I felt like it was authentic--the high school experience as well as when she ends up in the lab.

The ending: Oh my goodness, it was definitely a twist! I can't believe what happened! I am very eager to read the next one.

Bottom Line: Great start to a series that I can't wait to keep reading.

Review quote

"In this cross between The Bourne Identity and The Adoration of Jenna Fox, Mila's identity crisis and the resulting questions about what it means to be human could be the start of an interesting discussion. The action-packed plot will quickly propel even reluctant readers to the end."--School Library Journal

Back cover copy

Mila was living with her mother in a small Minnesota town when she discovered she was also living a lie.She was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was never supposed to remember the past--that she was built in a 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.Evading her enemies won't help Mila escape the cruel reality of what she is and cope with everything she has had to leave behind. However, what she's becoming is beyond anyone's imagination, including her own, and that just might save her life.A compulsively readable sci-fi thriller, Mila 2.0 is Debra Driza's bold debut and the first book in an action-filled, Bourne Identity-style trilogy.