Friday, July 3, 2015
Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza
Series: Mila 2.0 #1
Author: Debra Driza
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Published Date: April 15 2014
Genre: Science Fiction, YA, Robots
Page Count: 496
My Rating: ★ ★ ★
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.
May Contains Spoilers
“No matter what. I wouldn't let anyone change me. I wouldn't let them strip away whatever tiny parts of me were human. Assuming I had any humanity to lose.”
I really struggled with this book.
In the beginning you have Mila who has moved to a new town due to her father dying in a fire, which causes her mother to become extremely protective of her. Because of that her mom doesn't want her to do anything dangerous or be out alone where she doesn't know where she is. Which I thought was understandable. What I didn't like about that though was that her mom was extremely withdrawn towards her and was also very secretive. We also got to see Mila's "friends" (who were more mean girls than friends in my opinion). From there we also get to meet Hunter who is also new to town, and becomes her so-called friends new boyfriend target. Which causes a whole new set of problems that were not even going to get into.
When Mila discovers what she is due to her flying out of the back of a truck thanks to her so-called "friend" driving like a maniac. From there we really start finding out how Mila came to be and exactly what she is and why her mom is so secretive. Now you would have thought that from this point you would become hooked to this book, but instead you just get information dumped on you so fast that it's hard to remember it all, plus Mila's confusion and not wanting to believe it makes it slightly harder to understand as well.
But the craziness didn't end there after coming back from a date with Hunter she finds her house broken into and her mother being held captive due to people wanting her. Which causes Mila to go into what I liked to call Android mode which caused her to become a fighting machine. After that, they go on the run and Mila gets even more information dumped on her.
After awhile they get caught, and taken back to Military secret hide-out and Mila has to undergo many tests to see if they should keep her or not. There we meet several important people including her other creator and his intern (Lucas). I never like her other creator and I was never very trusting of Lucas.
A little after this point (370 pages in) was when I started to somewhat like the book.
I did really feel bad for Mia she was a prisoner in her own body, she was taught to believe she was one thing and then all of a sudden her whole world gets turned upside down and she has an identity crisis (which lasts the whole book). But I also thought she made a lot of dumb decisions (I mean really why would you call someone you've only known for three days when you're on the run!).
Lucas turned out to be an unexpected favorite character for me. I was expecting to hate him, but he actually turned out to be very helpful, and he actually had a heart.
While I'm not sure if I will continue on with the trilogy/series I would like to know what happens to Mila and if she ever is able to do the things her mom wanted her to do.