Review: Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza

mila 2.0 by debra driza

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.

Description taken from Goodreads.

You want an android?

Stick with the phone.

Literary android?

Cinder. Marissa Meyer. She’s a genius.

But not MILA 2.o.

So many things about this book, character wise and sometimes plot wise, fell short for me. Writing and overall plot-wise, this book was enjoyable, but in things like characters I thought things were really clichéd. I couldn’t stand Mila, for one thing, and I couldn’t stand the setting everything is placed in.

MILA 2.o is set in a small Minnesota town where nothing really happens and a new boy shows up an Mila falls in love with him, all the while wondering why her mother doesn’t love her anymore. Of course, she has no idea that Hunter will kinda fall out of her life (as we know it in the story) later on in the book, not literally for her but literally for us. The romance wasn’t really there for me, which was disappointing considering the way that Driza built up the plot line.

Besides Mila, who I disliked because of her constant Mary-Sue aura and how fake she seemed to me, I didn’t really feel anything for the other characters. They were more like parts in a play written on paper (mean girl aka Kaylee walks in here, goes here, does this) than actual characters, actual people. The characters were what really fell short for me, and through Mila’s eyes it wasn’t improved all that much.

Then there was the ending. Very anticlimatic. No. 2 stars.

pg count for the hardback: 470

Series: Mila 2.0


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