Sunday, 14 April 2013

Review: Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza

Title: Mila 2.0
Author: Debra Driza
Publisher: HarperCollins
Rating: 4/5 stars


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. 

(From Goodreads) 

My thoughts:

I received an e-copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Mila 2.0 is a first book in a series. After hearing mixed feelings on the book itself, I did have my doubts. A lot of people were disliking it, etc. Of course, I ignore what people think and like to have my own opinion. And, boy am I glad that I went with it and read it. I actually really enjoyed the story.
It's funny because with an e-book, you can't really see how big books are, and I honestly wasn't thinking it was going to be a big book; so that surprised me. Normally big books scare me because I am a slow reader and they take me a while to finish. This book, however, didn't take me too long to finish.
I felt there was always something happening, and the storyline did not slow at all, so I was fully focused all the time. Before I knew it, I was near the end and I didn't want it to be over.
Now, let's go onto the characters. Mila I thought was very kick-ass. She was cool and brave and I wanted to be her. She could do so many amazing things, and I was rooting for her throughout. She made a very good main character.
 We don't see too much of Mila's friend Kaylee, or even the guy that Mila is interested in - called Hunter - as they are in the beginning, and Mila is on the run, so she loses contact with them after that.  
Mila's Mum, Nicole, is such a great woman. I'd want her to be my Mum. She cares for Mila so much, and will protect her no matter what. I truly admire that.  
Holland is an evil so-and-so and I just want to punch him. Finally, Lucas seems harmless and is a very decent character. You will find out later on how much of an awesome person he is if you read the book.
Overall, the characters were written well.
I loved the general structure of the book. Every chapter ended in a way that wanted me to read more. It's told from Mila's point of view, which I liked because we got to see her feelings. In general, I do like stories being told from first person.
The first chapter was a little slow for me to get into. Most probably because we're being introduced to the characters and the lifestyle. 
The ending makes me want to read the next book, and I can't wait.  
There is a lot of action and mystery involved. You are discovering all about Mila and her past, which is very interesting. The tests that Mila has to do later on in the book had me backing her up and I really liked reading about that. 
What I did like about this book was that it didn't focus too much on the romance between Mila and Hunter. It was more about Mila and her background. 
In general, I really liked this book. I gave it four stars, and was really close to getting five stars. I still loved the book and can't wait for the sequel. I definitely recommend this book to all.

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