Author: Debra Driza
Series: Mila 2.0 (1)
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: 12 March 2013
Date Read: April 2013
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.
Androids. I repeat, androids. Awesome? Hells, yeah!
Mila 2.0 had one of the most exciting premises I've heard of for this year's release. Mila didn't know she is an android. Mila didn't know she had a GPS installed in her brain. She didn't know she could process thousands and thousands of information in her mind in the five minutes. Mila doesn't know her lungs, heart, her vital organs were just ridiculously good replicas of the real thing installed in her instead. Mila didn't know that she has the ability to hurt someone faster than you can say 'Ouch'. Mila didn't know she was government property. But an accident reveals all the horrible ugly truths Mila didn't ever want to hear and now she is running for her life.
The plot of the Mila 2.0 is simple and straight-forward. It wasn't anything i hadn't encountered before but it was very enjoyable and easy to follow. Driza was superb with the action scenes, which played a big part in the novel and resulted with it having a pretty fast pace.
Fans of light science fiction will enjoy Mila 2.0. There is a lot on exploring what defines humanity. Mila tries to come to terms with her androidness throughout the novel. She struggled to accept herself, seeing her 'parts' as ugly and monstrous. I would have truly enjpyed this part of the novel, if it hadnt been for the fact that the thing that Mila saw her humanity in was a boy, Hunter. This is mostly the reason for Hunter's constant and huge presence in the book even though he is only really physically present in it for about five scenes. Mila pined for Hunter while on the run. He was constantly in her mind. Hunter, this. Hunter, that. I don't believe she went five pages without mentioning his name. And fair enough, I suppose. She believed that Hunter would be her salvation from this mechanic hunk of body she was thrust upon.
Hunter makes Mila feel, makes her believe that she is not just a scientist's creation. All she she thought of while on the run was how much she wanted to be with Hunter so that she could prove to herself that she is not a robot, because robots don't get these fluttery feels in the pit of their 'stomachs'. All this time, I kept thinking, Mila, you are a strong beautiful android who don't need no man." She truly doesn't. She can kick anybody's ass from here to Montreal using only her pinky finger. And I don't even see anything that special or remarkable with Hunter (same with Mila, to be honest) personality-wise. The novel lacked in the character development area, sadly. However, by the end of the novel, Mila did improve and hopefully the next one will showcase her kick-assness and independence more.
I am interested to see how this series will play out, especially with Mila's character development and the series' overall plot. I wonder if Driza can come up with some fantastical conspiracies that will steal my breath away. By the way, there's a love triangle in the makings and I hate it. But, I hate all love triangles anyway...
Like I said, fans of light sci-fi will enjoy this. It's also a great read if you're looking for something a bit light, I suppose. Because it is quite light compared to the others in its genre.
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Title: Mila 2.0