Tuesday, 9 April 2013
Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza
Published: 12th March 2013
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.
Mila is trying to be a normal girl, only she can't remember anything from before the fire that killed her father. And she can hear things that she shouldn't be able to. And she moves crazy fast sometimes, like ninja fast. In fact, you almost forget Mila is supposed to be different. Then new hot guy comes in, best friend goes all psycho on her and then said "best friend" banishes her to the back of truck and goes joyriding, causing Mila to realise that when her arm is cut open, it really should be bleeding. Honestly, I couldn't believe what I was reading, I couldn't put my kindle down!
My heart in my throat for most of the story - so well paced, even with all the action sequences. It moved seamlessly from typical high school, frenemies and a hot new boy, to fighting for her life and running away, getting caught by the people who made her and now want to terminate her for having emotions. You know how some books can have awesome action sequences but with all the descriptions it all gets kinda flustered and confusing? Well Mila 2.0 was not like that!
As for Mila herself, I really liked her. She was lost and confused at a new school, not to mention the whole holy-crap-I'm-a-robot thing. And even though she seemed to fall for Hunter stupid fast and was all overly-romantic, I thought she was sweet and bad-ass at the same time. I actually really liked her relationship with her mum - despite wanting to slap her upside the head at the beginning, when you find out why her mother was so distant and weird, you totally want to hug her.
So while there were some parts I completely saw coming, most of it was pure awesome, gripping the edge of your sit type fun. An amazing read for anyone who loves a girl android, science fiction or great action writing.
This went towards by ebook and genre variety challenge. Thank you to Harper Collins and netgalley for my copy.