Mila 2.0 by Debra DrizaMila 2.0 by Debra Driza

Mila 2.0

byDebra Driza

Paperback | April 15, 2014

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Debra Driza's MILA 2.0 is the first book in a gripping Bourne Identity–style trilogy about a girl who discovers she is actually an android.

Mila was never supposed to remember her past, or know what lurked beneath her synthetic skin. She was never meant to learn that she was "born" in a secret computer science lab and programmed with superhuman skills. But when a group of hooded men show up on her doorstep, hoping to strip her of her advanced technology, she has no choice but to run for her life. In every direction there are dangerous people, hunting her down. They will do whatever it takes to capture Mila, including hurting the people she cares about most.

Filled with secrets, action, and even romance, MILA 2.0 is perfect for readers who love sci-fi thrillers like the Partials series and I Am Number Four.

Debra Driza is the author ofMILA 2.0. She is a member of the teen lit blogging group the Bookanistas and a former practicing physical therapist who discovered that tormenting her characters was infinitely more enjoyable. These days you can find her at home in California, wrangling one husband, two kids, and an assortment of Rhodesian r...
Title:Mila 2.0Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.12 inPublished:April 15, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062090372

ISBN - 13:9780062090379


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay, I guess I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, I really liked it. On the other hand, it really irked me. MILD SPOILERS BELOW! Things I liked: One of my favourite things about this book is the fact that it's billed as "one part love story," but there was actually very little romance in the book. The romance is really more of just a crush, and the romantic interest was little more than a device to make Mila feel more human. She says herself that she really doesn't know much about Hunter, and he's only physically present for like 20% of the book. But it's the idea of him that she builds up in her head, this idea that allows her to hold on to her humanity, that she's in love with, and she recognizes that. The romantic element being notably absent, it allowed room for something I enjoyed much more - her relationship with her "Mom." It was really refreshing to see that relationship - and that team, cause they were a team - take precedence. Also, without a love interest hanging all over Mila and taking part of the heat from the bad guys, Mila was all on her own and was forced to come into herself in a pretty awesome way. I also really liked Lucas as a character. I'm not sure where he came from - I mean, an eighteen-year-old with no particular outstanding traits working in a high-tech government facility? And he's strangely sympathetic, to boot? - but I liked him. He escaped Arbitrary Hot Guy syndrome but fell victim to Mila's charms without much cause (Hunter was sadly a victim of both.)Still, I liked him as a character. (Except for the comments about his eyelashes, those were weird.) I'm hoping for more of him in the next book. Things I didn't like: The android element. While I can't complain about how prevalent it was physically - we get plenty of evidence of her androidness - there was something about her refusal to accept it emotionally that rubbed me the wrong way. I dunno, in some ways this was really good, and I have nothing to complain about. Her emotional journey to some sort of acceptance was just a bit abrupt. She spent the first half of the book refusing to confront it and worrying about stuff like school and her crush - she goes so far as to guiltily fantasize about getting caught while on the run and sent back to the US so that she can be closer to a guy she's talked to all of seven times. I wanted her to grow up a little bit faster. It was hard to appreciate the horrible situation they were in when she spent so much mental energy worrying about being a "normal girl" and not much mental energy figuring out survival. Eventually, in like the last third of the book, she did somewhat accept her android identity, but it felt like too little, too late. I'm really hoping in the next book she can fully embrace her androidness, because not only could she be pretty darn kickbutt as a fully fledged android, but the whole humanity-versus-android issue could be more fully fleshed out. It might just be a pet peeve of mine, but characters who refuse to accept their situation and aren't very good at getting on with things irk me. It may be realistic - not everyone is good at dealing with their emotions and getting on with things - but I prefer heroes/heroines who do (like Cinder, in Melissa Meyer's Cinder. That's one awesome get-on-with-it android/cyborg.). So I'm really hoping Mila'll figure that out in the next one. General character flatness was also an issue here for me. Hunter is a great example - sort of there and then not with no real stakes attached to his character. (Why is he willing to fly miles to meet her when he's had a crush on her for all of three days? What did she do to deserve that?) Then there were the stereotypes - the evil scientist villain, whose only level of complexity came from the fact that he said he has little kids at home, the mean girl, even her mom to some extent. I wish we'd had a little more time with her mom. It was definitely the biggest relationship in the novel (if you discard Mila's fantasy relationship with Hunter) but it still didn't do much to distract from the One Woman Show that was Mila. All in all, I liked it, and I'll definately be reading the next one. Although, for the first time, I'm really hoping Sexy Male Love Interest will take some sort of hike. I have a feeling he's gonna drag it back into Angsty Emotions About Humanity territory, when what I really want is to see some acceptance and action.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Really Worht It I am okay with marketing a book in a way that will get people to read it -- so long as it is true. When you say that something has Bourne Identity-esque qualities to it, then there should be some of those qualities to it. I thought it was a stretch to name Mila 2.0 in the same vein. This still wasn't TOO bad, I got through it. But there was so much of it that relied on convenience and dramatic moments that I couldn't handle it. The beginning was pretty standard by all accounts: Mila has faced a traumatic event and is trying to cope, new school, new friends, etc. etc. etc. Enter new boy who her BFF also wants so of course Mila will back off and that of course means that this boy will want Mila. I was surprised that the high school drama portion of this took up more than 15% of the novel because it was so questionable. And once Mila's arm was exposed, they should have just taken off in the night because PEOPLE TALK. There's this thing called the internet and just because Mila and her mom didn't use it doesn't mean other people didn't. So blah blah we get passed this part of the book and we come up to the exciting part where the action is! Or not. Because it was effectively just one long car chase. Mila's mom conveniently turned on her full Android powers when she was tinkering with her arm, so now Mila can immobilize people with basically a flick of her wrist. Which, okay fine, she is an Android. I can support this. But then Mila is all "no I am human so I don't want to hurt people" which ... okay I can also get behind this. MAYBE she is a pacifist. But she is using this claim that she doesn't want to hurt people as her claim to being human. And like IDK MAN. If someone was coming after me and I KNEW I could punch them and get away, you're damn right I would do so. Mila and her mom get away, which okay of course we were only at like 40% of the book, but then they cross into Canada and think "hey I should take a plane from Pearson" which is like mistake number one. If you HAVE to fly out of Toronto, always go Porter. But really, fly out of Hamilton. SO MUCH MORE CONVENIENT. #CanadianRant And it's obviously because they traveled from Pearson that they were caught. I think the part I had the hardest time swallowing was the Testing sequence. Sorry but if they REALLY thought that she had been tampered with, they would have shut her down immediately. Or else why make a third version of the same AI? You don't need the other prototypes to be functioning if you have the "new and improved" version. That's the whole reason to do it. At this point, was sick of Mila saying "but I feel human and my emotions and the fact that I don't want to kill someone makesme human" because again, not connected. In case we have forgotten, PEOPLE KILL. I am also not a fan of the whole "let's test this person/machine/etc" trope. That was one of hte worst parts of Throne of Glass for me too. Sure, test it but make it more subtle. Don't say "here is exactly what we are going to do and looking for and you have to do this or we shut you down" because then obviously the person is going to do it....... Then throw in another boy for Mila to fall for who helps her escape and wham, bam, thank you ma'am you have the story. Because idk what the summary is taking about but there is no cliffhanger ending.
Date published: 2016-02-05

Editorial Reviews

“MILA 2.0 was everything I hoped it would be: intense, action-packed, and filled with awesome technology…I promise you that MILA 2.0 is pure Bourne Identity and it’s FREAKING AWESOME.”