28 March, 2014

book review

Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza

My Copy: ARC Paperback, 470 pages
Publication Date: March 12, 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Through trade with Chri
Genre: Science Fiction | Young Adult

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.

My Review

What you’re in for: A girl who is actually an Android, developed with the purpose of being a spy.  High school drama (at the start).  Slow beginnings.  On the run.  Fight scenes, including Android vs. Android and Android vs. human.  Challenges.  An evil boss man.  Internal struggles between embracing the Android side or humanity.  Dystopian elements.  Action.  Murder.

Romance: Insta-love, like to the extreme.  I even found it annoying.  Mila and Hunter hung out like three times, had one date, and shared one barely-kiss.  Then, when Mila is forced to leave Clearwater (the city where Hunter resides), Mila misses him so incredibly much.  She constantly thinks about him and his name always comes up and she just wishes she could go back to be with him and everything is so much worse because she’s not with him.  I found this to be a bit silly.  I mean, they barely knew each other!  And now she misses him like crazy, like it was more of a relationship than it actually was.  I don’t know, it just bothered me.

The Ending: To sum it up in one word: Unrealistic.  I didn’t care for the very last bit; before that it was a lot of action and intensity, though.

Should you read it? My overall impression of it is just meh.  It really never fully captured my interest.  Granted, there are good parts in it and lots of action and stuff, but I just wasn’t all that into it.  I probably could have put it down at any point and never looked back.  It’s not that I didn’t like it, I just didn’t feel that pull toward it.  It’s one of those books that I just don’t have a strong opinion on either way, so I guess I’ll leave it to you to decide.  Not sure if I’ll read the sequel…

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