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.
Author: Debra Driza
Length: 480 pages
Publication Date: March 28th 2013
I’ve never really been able to resist dystopians, so I knew I had to read Mila 2.0. The android aspect particularly appealed to me, so I had high hopes for Mila 2.0. Did the book live up to those expectations? I would say mostly, yes.
Mila worries about what to say, fights with other girls over a guy and enjoys horse riding – apart from having no memories of the fire that killed her dad, or any of her life before that, Mila seems reasonably normal. When she eventually learns of her true android nature, Mila’s world is thrown into chaos. Faced with the threat of exposure and struggling to adapt, Mila is forced to go on the run.
Mila 2.0 gripped my attention reasonably quickly, and I felt the plot improved as the book went on. Mila’s history was slowly revealed, with just enough left a mystery to keep you intrigued.
The characters and relationships were a bit of a mixed bunch for me. I loved Mila herself, both her human and android sides. She was by no means perfect, and occasionally I wanted to give her a good shake, but she was incredibly believable. Both Lucas and Mila’s mum also grew on me as the book went on. Kaylee however, was a psychopath – supposedly Mila’s best friend, she completely loses the plot because they both like Hunter, the new boy at school. Her actions were plot relevant, but it felt like a stretch to say they were over a boy. I didn’t really have much an opinion on Hunter, but Mila’s instant love for him drove me crazy, and made me resent him on principle.
The ending was a bit of an anticlimax, and the romance let it down a little, but overall I really enjoyed this book. Mila 2.0 was an enjoyable, dramatic and gripping story of an android girl facing up to her origins and the threats she now has to face.
Buy it? The kindle version of this is only £2.99, so I’d buy that over the paperback.
In a nutshell: Full of twists and action scenes worthy of a blockbuster film.