09 March 2013

Review: Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza

Mila 2.0 (Mila 2.0 #1) by Debra Driza

Expected Publication: 12 March 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books

Pages: 480 (hardcover)

Genre/s: YA, Science Fiction

Source: Publisher for review

Synopsis

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.


My Thoughts

I wanted to read Mila 2.0 from the moment I saw the amazing cover and read the synopsis - a girl, built in a science lab and programmed to act human? Robots! Action! Excitement! I also didn't want to get too excited - high expectations can be a real killer, however I'm pleased to say that Mila 2.0 was definitely not a disappointment.

I loved Mila - she was the epitome of my favourite kind of female character - smart and witty but also kind, grounded and a little insecure (although, finding out you are a robot is kind of bad for self-image). And as the story progressed and became more and more intense, her determination and strength really came into play, without being overbearing. I also really liked her mother, although not all of their past is explained fully in Mila 2.0, but I have a feeling there's definitely more to come in the subsequent books.

The pacing was really intense - action scenes abound, but Ms. Driza also took the time to develop relationships and characters and explain the science behind Mila without dumping buckets of information over my head. The action scenes were very well thought-out and explained without being too 'technical', and although I love a good dystopian, the story is set in the real world of today - no crazed despot leaders, apocalyptic disasters or strange habits and regimes.

There are plot twists and turns, both expected and unexpected, and at times the cynic in me thought I knew exactly where a storyline was headed, only to be proven happily wrong. There is some romance, but it occurs only at the beginning and the end and definitely doesn't overshadow the story for what it is - a tense, action-packed science-fiction thriller.


But Mila 2.0 is more than a science-fiction action thriller - it's also a book about what it means to be human, how emotions and actions are supposedly human reactions to certain situations, but Mila also feels like a human, and she struggles to accept that she is an android - and eventually she learns to use those feelings to survive whatever is thrown at her.

The only (small) issue I had with was a couple of little plot holes - not that there were contradictions, there were just a few points that weren't explained in a way that made me completely believe that particular scenario.

I really enjoyed reading Mila 2.0 - I loved the mixture of contemporary with science fiction and thriller, with great characters and action scenes, and I'm intrigued to find out where this series goes next.


15 comments:

  1. This sounds interesting, you're review gives me hope for when I start it. I had been really flip flopping on buying this one.

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    1. It's definitely action packed, and Mila is very likeable which made it a great read for me :)

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  2. Great to hear you enjoyed it. I never requested a copy and have been waiting to see the bloging verdicts before I order.

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    1. I was quite hesitant too, but I really enjoyed it.

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  3. Yay, I'm so glad you liked it. I have been wanting to read this book since ever. Now I must get to it. Great review, Kat. Mila sounds like someone I would like. :)

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    1. Mila is SO likeable, I think you'll really enjoy this one :)

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  4. Oh, I'm happy that there is no information dump! And it's good that there is enough time for character development besides the action scenes :) Great review Kat, I hope to read my ecopy soon.

    Mel@thedailyprophecy.

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    1. I hope you enjoy it! The slower beginning is worth it!

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  5. I REALLY need to get on this book. I love scifi, and I don't get nearly enough. After the travesty that is Shatter Me's Juliette, I need a good heroine. Maybe I'll read this next. :-)

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    1. Oh Juliette was terrible? Eeeeeeep!

      This is a fun read!

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  6. I totally need to get my hands on this book, like STAT. It kinda sounds like Jason Bourne meets I,Robot and I can totally get down with that. I feel like I'm at a loss for reading decent sci-fi and I think this is just what I need to spice things up. So pleased you liked it, plotholes and all!

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    1. Have you finished it yet? Otherwise I'd spoilt it ;)

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    2. That I have! You can tweet me, so that you don't spoiler up the thread!

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  8. Yay! I'm glad to read such a positive review about this one - I was a little wary based on other reviews I've seen, but you have put my fears to rest. :)

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