Mila 2.0 – Debra Driza – 4.5 stars

May 29, 2013 M Reads, Read in 2013, Young Adult 0

Mila 2.0 – Debra Driza – 4.5 starsMila 2.0 on March 12, 2013
Pages: 470
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No one suspects what she’s made of.

Mila was living with her mother in a small Minnesota town when she discovered she was also living a lie.

She was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was never supposed to remember the past-that she was built in a 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.

Evading her enemies won’t help Mila escape the cruel reality of what she is and cope with everything she has had to leave behind. However, what she’s becoming is beyond anyone’s imagination, including her own, and that just might save her life.

This is a good book that I really enjoyed reading.  Mila is the kind of kick-ass spy with her own agenda that pleases many readers. At first she believes to be living a normal, depressing teenage life. The jumbled, half-faded memories of her life to this point aren’t helping the situation. Her friend Kaylee (I can’t bring myself to like Kaylee) helps a little; But Mila doesn’t really see the light till she meets Hunter. Hunter is nice and seems interested in her. The problem? Kaylee (the total bitch) is also interested in Hunter an sees Mila as competition.

The story vastly deviates however, when Mila starts piecing together her true past, and the secrets her mother kept from her. I enjoy how it quickly evolves to action and suspense as Mila and her mother must run from Mila’s co-creator and his men.  Mila eventually meets this co-creator (easy to hate, and might creep you out sometimes), and must work with sympathetic Lucas to save her mom, even if it means fighting another version of herself.

There isn’t as much push on romance, thankfully, as with many other young-adult novels and it was quite fun and interesting to follow Mila through her revelations and existential conflictions throughout the story. However, I couldn’t bring myself to give this book a perfect score. This is mostly due to the facts that it is sometimes hard to connect or relate with Mila, who has her dry moments; and I dislike the overwhelming dependence and attachment to the character who betrayed her.

Still, my thanks to Debra Driza, for writing such an amazing first novel (thanks for the signed copy!). I hope to get a chance to read more of your work.

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