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Book Review: MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza

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.

MILA 2.0
By: Debra Driza
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Series: MILA 2.0 #1
Release Date: March 12, 2013

Book Review

Since Mila 2.0 is split up into four different parts, I am going to have a four part review during my reading progress. I am going to write a little bit about each part (as I finish it), or at least how I feel about each part depending on if there are spoilers. I am going to date each piece so my readers can know when I sat down to write each part. Then I will do an overall review at the end.

Mila 2.0 - Part One (3/26/13)

Wow! That was certainly a way to kick off Mila’s story. First off I really don’t like Kaylee (besides her name). Kaylee is your typical mean girl. Kaylee acts like a girl that if people don’t do what she wants, then she is going to punish them for it. As long as people follow her rules, then they are alright but as soon as they get a mind of their own then they become the newest outcast. Kaylee was Mila’s first friend in Clearwater and the only approved friend that Mila could ride with. Mila just moved to Clearwater from Philly after what she believes to be a tragic accident of her father dying in a fire. Mila can’t remember much from the day her father died or anything previous to that. After an accident happens with Kaylee and Hunter, the new hot boy at school, Mila discovers a hard truth about herself.

I already knew that Debra Driza was going to get me hooked on Mila’s story, but I think this first part started out with a bang. I don’t mean your typical shoot out or action movie seen however there is some shooting and some action, Driza fills the pages with so much information that it is hard not to be hooked right away. I was having a hard time putting Mila down. As I write this small blurb for part one, I am eyeing Mila 2.0 out of the corner of my eye, debating about whether to keep writing or to continue on with part two. If any of my readers haven’t started Mila 2.0 yet, go pick up a copy, don’t even worry about finishing this review, just start reading and discover Mila for yourself. Off to part two.

Mila 2.0 – Part Two (3/28/2013)

Part two was thrilling. Mila and her mom can really kick butt. I thought there was some action in part one but part two has lot of action including a car chase. I could not put Mila 2.0 down, this book is so good. The action is great. Debra Driza writes so well. She has portrayed Mila as a teenage girl who has just found out she is an android. Mila quickly adapts to her android functions even though she is getting used to the idea of being an android. The actions scenes in part two are so good and the surprise at the end?! GAWH! I can’t wait for Part three.

Mila 2.0 – Part Three (3/29/2013)

I love this book so much. It is amazing. Lucas is getting on my nerves though, he is no better than a puppet. I’m curious to find out what happened to his brother, to get Lucas where he is at now. Dr. Holland is an absolute jerk face and that is being polite. I don’t like him one little bit, he is only an evil scientist, I don’t even see how he can be a loving doting father. All of these tests. They are crazy.

Mila 2.0 - Part Four (3/30/2013)

What an ending to a book? Holy Cow! I can’t believe how crazy that ending was. How am I going to wait an entire year for the next installment? Mila is amazing, she is more human than android. She is such an easy character to love. There are so many “feels” at the end of Mila 2.0. I can’t wait for everyone to read it.


Now that the readers have seen my small journey reading Mila 2.0 and all of the “feels” that I had; this book is fantastic. I absolutely loved it. I have been looking forward to this novel for once. I kept bugging Debra Driza about it on twitter. Finally I got to meet Driza on the Pitch Dark Books Tour and that was also when I purchased my copy. I was so excited; I couldn’t wait to start reading.

Driza’s writing is amazing. She does such a great job writing this novel. I was very impressed for this being a debut novel. Mila is such a believable character and it is hard not to fall in love with her character right away. I heard a few mentions when the ARCs went out that the book is slow in the beginning however, I did not find this to be true. Mila 2.0 is not slow at all. I think that this debut novel starts out at a very nice pace in the beginning but as the book goes on, the novel begins to proceed at a faster pace with all of the action.

I thought that there would be a little bit more of a love story when Hunter was introduced into the story, however he was gone after a first couple chapters. Then reappearing towards the end, so I really hope that there is more to Hunter in the sequel because I would like to see where Mila and Hunter may go in their relationship or friendship, whatever they have at this point.

I absolutely loved the cover of Mila 2.0, I was a little confused when the trailer came out because the actress had long blonde hair and Mila has black short hair, but as I read the story it all began to make sense. I love all of the little circuit lines that our on the pages and indented into the actual hardcover itself. Not to mention, in each part the chapters have little circuit lines for the number of part the reader would be on. Part three had three circuit lines on each beginning page of each chapter. The concept of Mila 2.0 was so good. I was drawn to the plot of Debra Driza’s debut novel right away, a girl android who believes she is a teenage girl.

This novel caught my eye right away. If it involves androids, then I am definitely interested in checking it out. I had pretty high expectations for Mila 2.0 and most of them weren’t really reasonable because this is Debra Driza’s debut novel, however Driza met all of those expectations and more. Please check out Mila 2.0 and give Mila and Debra Driza a chance.

I give "MILA 2.0" five out of five bookshelves.

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