Monday, December 30, 2013

Book Review: Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza

Mila 2.0
by Debra Driza

Series: Mila 2.0 #1
Genre: YA, sci-fi, dystopian
Published March 12th 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Publisher
Local purchase: Fullybooked * National Bookstore

Blurb (Goodreads):
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:

I never expected anything from Mila 2.0. I thought it had a nice cover and an interesting blurb. So yeah, I'm definitely adding it on my to-read shelf and request it. I didn't expect anything but I hoped that it will turn out as bad-ass as the dystopian books I loved. What I didn't expect was that it was so thick! The book, I mean. It had 469 pages (not the longest, but still) and is hardbound. I kind of freaked out the time I received it since my reading progress is in not so good condition and I just got a thick book and that's when I wished it should be fast-paced, good story and worthy.

Mila lived like a real girl, a human being. She laugh, she cry, she have friends, and even develop feelings for real men, real human being--even if she's just an invention, where she doesn't have an idea about. I think that alone is a good start of the story until I read the real story.

Mila is a whiny, self-pity, sometimes-selfish, sometimes-not selfish kind of girl--or robot. I didn't liked the sound of her on the first few chapters, add the events on it, and I'm pissed. Honestly, I didn't liked it. It annoyed me. The characters, the pace, the events. Almost everything. Although sometimes I pity her mom. 

If not for the second half of the book, I don't think I would finish this. The part two (or in the middle of it) picks up the pace. It became more sci-fi-ish, dystopian-ish, James Bond-ish, or whatever you call it. The story became more interesting and answers start to unravel. The pace improved but not fully until the near-ending. I liked parts three and four better because it was easier to read and I saw the improvement in the series of events (though I still don't like Mila). 

The scenes overall turned out nice, but there are just things in this book that is unrealistic--one of these is the love story and the love interest--that made me don't like Mila 2.0 that much. I don't think this book caught my interest completely but give it a try. You might see something that I didn't saw in this book that you'll like/love. Just wanted to remind that you have to have the patience in reading this.

*Thanks to Megan and HarperCollins International for a print copy of this book in exchange of honest review!



  1. I think I pretty much totally agreed with your review! I started reading it because of the cover as well and felt the second book was much better. The second book is coming out soon, so I'm interested to see where this world picks up.

    1. I'm glad that you're giving the second book a chance. I don't think I like it enough to continue the series. Hope you'll like it, though. Let me know what you think! :)


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