Review: Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza

Mila 2.0 (MILA 2.0, #1)

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 was one of my WOW picks last year and so when I was accepted for it on Edelweiss I was so excited. Then I put it off for a while because I had been so excited for it and I was so worried that I wouldn’t enjoy it. You guys know the feeling, right? Where you just want to get stuck into a book but you’re terrified it won’t be what you expect.

When I finally did start reading it, it took me a while to actually get into and I put it down for a while, however when I picked it up again later I was suddenly interested, so I think I was just having an off-day when I first started it, or maybe I put it down just as things were about to pick up. No matter what the reason, I can honestly say that after the first 20% this book is good. What I really liked was that the action never stopped and most of it takes place in one setting so you really get this feeling of being trapped alongside Mila.

I did however, struggle to get to terms with Mila being an android: She’s written as so human that only her head interface shows that she isn’t. I get that the point is that Mila is a failed experiment because of her emotions but I think that Driza missed a trick in not making her a little less human as it would sell the character a bit better. As well as that, I thought that the romance was a bit rough. I started to like Hunter at the beginning but I did feel that he wasn’t prominent enough in the book and that Lucas kind of took over, which is good, I liked Lucas, but at the end of this book it’s suggested that Hunter may be a bigger character in the sequel and I feel like it will be difficult to get readers to like him over Lucas now. I also really felt that the characters each had their 'role' but weren't actually that developed emotionally, so I did struggle to really get to know them - I'd definitely say that this book is more for people wating action than emotional depth.

Overall, Mila 2.0 was a fast-paced and thrilling book and I will be reading book two. I felt that the characters could have been a bit more developed and I struggled a little at the start, but I did enjoy this book.

Book released 12th March 2013 by Katherine Tegan
Book received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review (Edelweiss)

1 comment

  1. Hmmm, it sounds like this book had a great potential, but the execution lacks a bit. I love the fact that she is an android, but I'm not so happy with the romance. Great review :)

    And, you have a new design right? I love it!



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