Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Review: Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza

  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins imprint)
  • Publication date: 3/12/2013
  • Source: eARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss
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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 Thoughts

Okay, first off this cover totally rocks! Second, she is an android!! There need to be more android books. No, there need to be more awesome android books like this. It is a fine line to walk when trying to make androids seem humanized and actually getting it right. Debra Driza has done a fabulous job at it. This book was action packed and so fun. I know that it seems that everyone is saying it's a fun book, but it's so true!! It is separated into parts and to me, each one got more intense, more interesting, and more heart pumping!!

Mila starts off thinking she's just a regular girl who lost her dad in a fire. Her and her mother have moved and she's at a new school. She just kind of accepts that she lost a lot of memories and just wants to fit in. When she finds out that she's an android she is appalled by it. She doesn't want to believe it, she fights it. She wants nothing more than to just be human. She doesn't understand how her emotions can be so real if she is nothing but wires and programming. I really loved that about her. She felt so human to read about, but she had the super awesome android functions like internal GPS, a memory card slot (hidden of course), super fighting skills, and the ability to project files and images. She was created to be a military weapon, but that is the last thing she wants. Now that people are searching for her and her "mother" they are on the run and things are intense. She really embraces both the human side of herself and the android and finds that together, they might be a better weapon than expected.

This is broken into parts which I found really cool. The first part was pretty slow,  but I see that it was necessary. The first part we see how she interacts with Kaylee and Hunter, and even though they are out of the picture pretty quick, we needed to know that she thought she was human. She felt real emotions. That's what makes things difficult for her after that. She is clinging to her humanity and it's hard to let the android in. I think that the first part could have been a bit shorter, but that's okay, once we get into the other parts it was pretty much non stop. Each part amps up the the story and it's almost non stop and fast paced for the rest of the book.

Overall this was a really awesome book. At almost 500 pages, I was a bit hesitant to want to read it, but it was really an entertaining read. It's just one of those books that is so thrilling and great that it leaves you with a giddy feeling after you're finished. It's like a fantastic action movie on paper and I can't wait to see what happens next. My only other complaint besides the slow first part was Hunter. They went on one date before she has to go on the run, then he's pretty much out of the picture until the end, and then he's back in it again.  I think there's something more with him though, so I will let it slide. I hope he's not one of the bad guys, but it seems odd that he will drop everything for a girl he barely knows, who happens to be in trouble.I have my theories about that whole thing though. Anyways this was really a great book and I recommend it to everyone.



28 comments:

  1. YES. I love this cover too and I adored this book as well. We totally need more android books and I love that it was set in today's time as opposed to the future. The pacing bothered me a little too but it wasn't a huge deal. I love watching her character change too. So, fabulous review darling!

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    1. This really was a great android book. There aren't nearly enough awesome ones out there.

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  2. I would love to see a book about a human falling in love with an android, with the human (and possibly the android too?) not realizing the android isn't human until a good way through the book!

    This one sounds really good but I'm also deterred by the length...I'm afraid I probably won't get to it for a while. And it sounds like the romance isn't too developed in this book...and as you could probably tell from the above, I think android romance would be really interesting!

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    1. The romance isn't developed at all. She has a date with Hunter and then goes on the run. She thinks about him a lot, and then at the end he's back in the picture. There's also Lucas one of the scientists who I really liked. Though there was no romance thing with them, I could see maybe possibly him coming back in the picture. Wishful thinking.

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  3. It was 500 pages? :O
    I never realized that when I was reading.
    I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed it, Amy! I agree that there should be more awesome books about androids! It's such a fun premise with the possibility of being so action-packed!
    Fab review, Amy! :)

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    1. Yes, the action and the pace after the first part was what kept me into the story. I will definitely continue this series!!

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  4. This is one that I have been waiting for, but wow, I didn't realize it was so long. The slow beginning and the length don't bother me is the story itself is awesome and it sounds like it is. Wonderful review.


    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

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    1. The story is awesome!! That's why I wasn't bothered by the length. If a story warrants that many pages to get in what it needs to I'm fine with it.

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  5. I have to say, the length would definitely put me off too. Besides that, Mila definitely seems like a great book. Besides the android part, which is a big deal, it sort if reminds me of Alias. So glad you liked this. Great review, Amy!

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  6. Ha! I'm posting my review today, and, like you, my only real complaint was Hunter. I was totally okay with it up until the end, and then I was like no just no. I mean, you do NOT go to those lengths to help someone you went on one date with. You just don't. Actually, I'm hoping that he turns out to be an undercover agent for the bad guys or something, because that's the only way that shit makes sense.

    Other than that, though, I thought this was oodles of fun, despite the somewhat slow start.

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    1. OMG I am totally hoping that he works for the bad guys, but then he falls in love with her and we find out he's an android too!!! Lol!!

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  7. Agreed, love the cover! And the ending of the book is what really got my attention. I can;t wait to see what happens in the sequel.

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    1. Such an awesome cover!! The end was interesting. I have all sorts of theories about it.

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  8. Don't think this is something I would read, but I'm glad you liked it. And I agree...the cover is awesome!

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    1. Yeah, I don't think this is your type of book. It was a fun book though.

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  9. LOVE this cover too & LOVING your enthusiasm in this review! Everything you brought out is exactly what I was hoping this book to be!! Thanks for the brilliant review, can't wait to get my hands on this one :)

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    1. I hope you love it when you get it! I'm sure you will.

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  10. Awesome android book with a rocking cover? Sounds great.

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  11. I def love that it was broken up into parts too. Gave it more of an effect. And I also think there's more to Hunter than what we see, which is very little and makes me sad bc I really like him. Great review!

    Vivian
    Confessions of a Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island

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  12. Every review I've read of this one raves about how much fun it was! Now I really want to ready it!

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  13. Hmm. I'm not really sure that this is the book for me, but I absolutely love that giddy feeling! I hope for your sake that Hunter isn't a bad guy too. Mila sounds like a really good character, and the action in this book sounds fabulous! Great review, Amy! (:

    Loves,
    Megan@The Book Babe

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  14. This was a fun book, but I agree that the whole love interest thing wasn't set up very well. She barely gets to know Hunter, then she meets that other dude, and then Hunter sort of pops up again out of nowhere.

    Jen @ YA Romantics

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  15. Android books FTW! Honestly I'm so back and forth on this one! I'll read a review like this and be like YEAH! Then I'll read a meh review and be like booo! It seems like you either like it or you don't. It's such a long book to go in if you're not sure too so dunno.. Maybe. >.< There does need to be more android books! :D And it does sound very intense and exciting which is great. Good to know about the slow first part though it might have avoided a DNF (I'm impatient lol), so I think it will all come down to how much I like Mila, I heard some say she was boring but others liked her so we'll see. All comes downt o perspective I guess huh?

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  16. I'm with Giselle. I keep changing my mind about reading this. The reviews are all over the place. I guess I'm going to wait until the next one is out and then maybe see what people are saying. I'm glad that you were one who DID like it though!

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  17. I'm so glad you liked this one Amy! I've been nervous with all the mixed opinions :/ Your review seems to have assured me that this'll be a winner!

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  18. Mila is practically a tome! Weighing-in at 500+ pages and all. A slow opening would have turned me off most likely, so happy it eventually gets awesome. Great review! With all the action, this one sounds like it could be a kickass TV show.

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  19. I'm waiting for this to come in the mail. I didn't know it was 500 pages!! Now I'm extra excited! I feel like a big book XD I've read the first six chapters in a free preview, and I know what you mean by it starting out a little slow, but I loved what I read. Very Very excited! Thanks for the awesome review!

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  20. I'm surprised this is so long, but I've heard great things so I'm going to have to check it out.

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