Series: Mila 2.0 (bk. 1)
Genera(s): Sci-fi/ Thriller
Subjects: androids, robots, artificial intelligence, identity, love,
Setting: Clear Water, Minnesota and then across the country, then Washington DC
POV/Tense: 1st person POV, past tense: Mila
Age/Grade Level: Teen
Length: 470 pgs.
HC/PB: Hardcover and now in Paperback
List Price: $17.99/$9.99
Publisher: HarperTeen: Katherine Tegan
Summary/ product description: “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 Review: I finally got to read this book after a year of it sitting on my shelf. With rumors of Fox adapting it into a TV show, I was really exciting about Mila 2.0. Mila 2.0 reads like a TV show, mostly. Or even a movie. Mila finds out she’s an android after an accident that exposed her mechanical [arts. Mila and her mother who’ve been living in Minnesota for a month have to go on the run before that people who helped create Mila take her away.
Mila seems like you stereotypical teenage girl. Her emotions seem normal. She thinks she’s normal. Finding out she was not a real person really threw her off. She’s smart and tough and even has a big crush on a guy at school. How could she be an android? It was really interesting to think about. I reminded me of the show on Fox called Almost Human, with Dorian having a synthetic soul (Almost Human is the reason why Mila 2.0 was not picked up on Fox. Too similar). Also it was like the Bionic Woman show too. She has all the feeling a person has.
The book was cool and full of action. It was thrilling and had a lot of fight scenes. The only issues I had with this book is that it started off kind of slow. Once it got going it was non-stop action. Mila using her android abilities was really cool. She acted more like she was a cyborg rather that a completely mechanical android. There was also less romance than I hoped for. We really only see Hunter in the first part of the book. Mila meets a guy named Lucas in part 3 and she likes him, but there’s not really a romance between then. I’m sure in the second book there will be romantic developments.
I recommend this to fans of Almost Human, Bionic Woman, Terminator, False Memory by Dan Krokos, Unremembered by Jessica Brody, Maximum Ride, Altered by Jennifer Rush and any teen sci-fi. This book is not dystopian.
Cover Art Review: I love the cover. It’s metallic and the girl’s face it breaking apart, like pixels. Makes me think of Pixel Perfect (old Disney channel movie).