13 March 2013

ARC Review: Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza

Release Date: March 12th, 2013
Hardcover: 480 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

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.

With a brand-new premise about artificial intelligence, Mila 2.0 sure does keep us readers caught up in every twist and turn. Unfortunately even with those thrilling  twists and turns, I never felt like we arrived at the climax of the novel. Nevertheless Mila 2.0 was an enjoyable read just because of the freshness of the idea (at least, I hadn't read something similar in the YA genre until now) and the writing was pleasant to read.

The plot was for me the best part of this novel. It went as it usual does, with Mila finding out that she is not who she thought she was. From then on, the novel is filled with action and exciting moments, enough to make us readers eager to get to the last page. The only big problem with this novel, in my opinion, was the romance. Her relationship with Hunter was always a central theme in the novel, despite the lack of development between them. Furthermore he doesn't play a big role in the story but is always remembered as a big deal; the problem is: he isn't a remarkable character.

Mila was a more interesting character but I wasn't able to enjoy her much. But her emotions are well-described and probably I will enjoy her more in the sequel. Hunter, as mentioned, didn't thrill me as he should have but let's wait to see how things will play out in the course of the trilogy. Lucas, another possible love interest, was also a bit superfluous in the story; I expected him to become something more but somehow it felt like the author was holding out on us. He was left behind without even an afterthought.

Mila 2.0 was a great debut to a trilogy that has potential to become something awesome. Even though there were many things that bothered me in this novel, there were also many that I thoroughly enjoyed. I'm certainly awaiting the next installment, and you should too!

Thanks to Katherine Tegen Books for providing me with a copy of Mila 2.0 for review!!

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