Published: March 12, 2013
Katherine Tegan Books, hardcover, 480 pages
GoodReads Summary: 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.
For 480 pages (at least that's what GoodReads says. You'd best not be lying, GoodReads!), Mila 2.0 is a lightning fast read. Or maybe the book was just. that. good. Time flies when you're reading kickass books. I am beginning to love these books about girls who aren't what they seem. (Looking at you, Cinder and Unremembered!) Have you ever seen Bicentennial Man? The million-minute long tearjerker (or suckfest, depending on who you ask) with Robin Williams? This reminded me very much of that movie, minus all the government business.
I really sympathized with Mila. It's not really a spoiler since it's in the summary, but can you imagine? One day you're flirting with a super cute guy who you think "hey, this bro probably wants to smooch me, maybe" and considering giving in to your human instincts when the bomb is dropped that you might not be human. Like, at all. BUT you still have human emotions enough to suffer the mental consequences of "well, I still want to kiss him but I'm not sure how he'd feel about locking lips with a heartless hunk of metal." (Oh, Tin Man. You and Mila would be such BFFs.)
Action-packed? Absolutely. Tear-jerking? Oh, yes. Lack of boring spells? You bet. And for once, I haven't the slightest idea where the romance is going. AT ALL. There's a minor set up for a love triangle, but my mind is rampant with the HOW and WHY?
Don't brush this one off as just a pretty girl on a cover. There's depth to Mila 2.0 and I can't wait to find out where Debra Driza takes this story. AND THE ROMANCE. Dying, here.