Who do I want to be on my side in a fight? Mila 2.0

By Debra Driza
Published on March 12, 2012
Published by Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Publisher for Review
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

I unexpectedly recieved this book from the publisher with a letter saying that this book was fantastic and that it was already being developed into a TV series.  I was pretty surprised that it was already being developed before the book was even published, but I had a feeling this was going to be a great book.

Alias, Tomb Raider, Dollhouse (ok a LOT of Dollhouse), La Femme Nikkita- those are the shows I think about when I think of Mila (and perhaps the Borg a bit too ha ha!). Mila is a kick-butt heroine that finds out she isn't entirely human (spoiler alert!).

Mila started off a bit rough for me- she seemed more computer and less human in the beginning.  I really had trouble getting a feel for who Mila was at first.  However, once her "other" side was revealed I found myself enjoying Mila more.  

I enjoyed that the villain in this book really was a villain.  Even being given a side of his humanity through his children, he really seems to have no redeemable qualities- I liked that a lot.  Sometimes it is good just to read a book where the hero is good and the villain is bad and there are no gray areas. I wish I could have gotten to know Mila's mother a little better- she seems like the only underdeveloped character in the entire book.

I do, however, have one problem with this book- the ending.  WHAT was that ending?  I found it incredibly unbelievable for so many reasons.  I want to talk about it, but I don't want to ruin the entire book by giving away the ending.  (and by the ending I mean the last 3 pages of the book). Luckily the rest of the book was spectacular and Mila is going to be a series- so I will hold out and wait to see where this plot is going.


4 comments:

  1. Thank you for the review. I haven't decided if I want to start this series or not. It doesn't sound like something I normally read, but I may still give it a chance.

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    1. I can't say I enjoy sci-fi much. This read much more like an action or adventure book than a sci-fi read.

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  2. I've seen this cover a few places and have been intrigued by the blurb but your mention of the "ending" certainly has my intrigue piqued even further.

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    1. Yup- you need to read it. I wasn't planning on reading it until they sent it to me unsolicited. I am glad I did :)

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