2013 · 3 stars · sci-fi/fantasy · ya

MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza

Title: MILA 2.0 (MILA 2.0 #1)
Author: Debra Driza
Pub. Date: March 12, 2013
Source: Publisher (Thank you, Katherine Tegen Books!)
Summary: 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.
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi

Mobile Intel Lifelike Android. MILA. Until a shocking secret changes her life forever, Mila never had any reason to doubt she was anything but a normal 16-year old girl. After her father’s death and Mila’s subsequent memory loss, Mila and her mother pack up and leave Philly behind for a quiet and unassuming town in Minnesota. Her mother takes care of a ranch and the horses while Mila goes to school, makes friends, and meets boys. Until the accident.

Mila is thrown from the bed of a truck and only has a scrape on her arm to show for it. Unfortunately, that scrape reveals wires and no blood and later Mila’s mother confirms her suspicions: she’s a military-build android. A weapon. Once her secret is out – and word gets out at school – Mila and her mother find themselves on the run.

MILA 2.0 was enjoyable, but not nearly as exciting as I had anticipated. I wanted edge-of-your-seat non-stop-thrills and instead got Teenage Girl Obsessing Over Boy She Barely Knows. Now we’ve all dealt with Instalove, but Mila 2.0 takes it a step further: the new boy at school (Hunter) takes to Mila for a matter of minutes one day at lunch and suddenly they’re planning a date at the fair. There’s not even a kiss; it’s an almost-kiss (which Mila constantly refers to throughout the novel). These two hardly know each other, yet Hunter is all Mila thinks about while she’s on the run. Even after a HUGE death the only thing that crosses her mind is Hunter’s ~lop-sided smile~ I have to admit though, I was pleasantly surprised there was not a love triangle. Yay!

The other problem I had was the cookie-cutter personalities. Kaylee and Parker are Mean Girls, General Holland is Evil, Hunter is the Mysterious New Boy. Even Mila herself couldn’t quite escape the stock personality she was given – and no, her blandness was not her android self shining through.

I’ve been seeing a lot of Team Lucas love and was intrigued. Having read the book I’m left to wonder what I missed. Sure he was an okay character – perhaps my favorite in the book – but I just don’t see where all the love comes from. Lucas is an MIT grad working for the military in order to help his brother (?? it’s never fully explained). His purpose in Mila 2.0 is to administer Mila’s tests. And to have his car stolen. Sorry guys, I’m not seeing where all the love comes from.

On the plus side, I thought the fight scenes were really well done as well as the entire military compound arc. Everything else fell flat and left me wanting more.

Overall Mila 2.0 was an okay read. I found my focus wandering a few times and the lack of excitement was disappointing. However, I seem to be in the minority and from what I hear the book is being turned into a television show. Personally, I think this would work a bit better as a show than it did as a book.

As for whether or not I’ll continue the series, I’m still undecided. Mila 2.0 wasn’t awful at all, just boring.


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