Early Review: MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza

Early Review: MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza
Book 1 in MILA 2.0 series
Release date: March 12, 2013
Book provided by Edelweiss and Harper Collins Children

Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.

AH’s Review – 4 Skulls – A-

What an amazing book by debut author Debra Driza!

What if everything in your reality was, in fact, a fabrication? Your life, your parents, your memories – what if they were all a lie? MILA 2.0 is the story of an incredible young woman. The book started off slowly for me, with MILA grieving the loss of her father in a house fire. (You can read this part as well as a preview of this book in Origins: The Fire, a very short prequel). MILA experiences the usual high school angst, punctuated by a crush on the “denim-eyed” Hunter and a bit of the catty girl stuff that happens. MILA looks and acts like a real girl. Or is she? Underlying all this normalcy, MILA is plagued by disturbing memories of a young girl being tortured in a lab.

Aside from the slow start, this book was incredibly difficult to put down. After the first part, the story moves at a frenetic pace and is jam-packed with edge of your seat action. MILA 2.0 is so much fun to read. It kind of reminded me of a cross between Alias (remember that show?) and Nikita. There are some fantastic chase scenes and some pretty fantastic gadgets and weapons. I did have to suspend belief at times, but that’s what reading is for, isn’t it? MILA 2.0 was a nice escape read.

I did have two small issues with this book. There was a lot of build up about Hunter and then he disappeared from most of the book. I’m hoping to see more of him in the next book. I also felt that the book ended a little abruptly. It did leave me wanting more…more…MORE!

For a fun, action-packed read, take a look at MILA 2.0.

Highly recommended.

Rating:  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ 

Series Reading Order:

1. Origins: MILA 2.0 – (Prequel and preview –available for free download* on Kobo, Amazon, B&N)
2. MILA 2.0 Release Date March 12, 2013

Thank you to Edelweiss and Harper Collins for a review copy of this book.

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