Tuesday, July 15, 2014

MILA 2.0 (MILA 2.0 #1) by Debra Driza {REVIEW}

Book Title: MILA 2.0 (MILA 2.0 #1)
Author: Debra Driza
Genre: Young Adult, Science fiction, Fantasy, Thriller
Publication Date: March 12th 2013
                        by Katherine Tegen Books

Blurb:

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. Fans of I Am Number Four will love Mila for who she is and what she longs to be—and a cliffhanger ending will leave them breathlessly awaiting the sequel.
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My Rating: 3.5  out of 5 stars

My Review:

The Plot.

The main plot is really interesting. Unfortunately, the story picks up its pace quite slow. For almost the first half, I kept wondering "When does the story actually start?" I get that Mila is supposedly a normal teenage girl, with a mom, a school, and friends that are not worth calling friends in the long shot. Narrating all those doesn't bother me much at the beginning, but then it starts to feel dragging. But the latter part of the book is where things get pretty intense. The actions are good, and while reading them, you may often feel like reading a movie script, but they are great nonetheless.

Mila.

Mila would have been my favorite as a character. The only issue I have with her: she can be a really annoying crybaby at times. I really sympathize with her. It's not easy to accept that not only your whole life has been a made-up story, but your very existence is a ruse. But given the situation, I expected her to suck it up, at least a little, and get things going. Rather, I often felt like reading "A Diary of an Angst-ridden Teenager" where Mila sobs and mourns and gets angry, and that's all there is. Acceptance is not easy, but I'm pretty sure Mila could've done a whole lot better than that.


Lucas.

Lucas is LOVELY. I mean, not girly lovely, but he is the only person that sends my heart aflutter. Given his situation, it's not easy for him to do whatever he likes, even help Mila atv the least. And yet, he does that, more than it is possible for him. And he is really helpful. And apparently, he likes Mila...that is, like like. And I truly, seriously, really hope that if Mila has to end up with someone at last, it's Lucas. And I've used way too many Ands so I'll stop the Lucas-chant :p

Hunter. Holland.

No, they are no team. I'm just feeling like talking about them overall, partly because they are not too striking as characters that demand individual places of their own.
Hunter's presence feels a little unnecessary, as if he is there because there has to be a boy if you are talking about schools and teenage girls. And as far as his contribution in the plot development is concerned, he does nothing. He is a nice guy, but his being or not being doesn't influence the plot too much. I'm not sure, but guess Debra Driza has something planned for him too, in the next books. Let's see.
Hmm.
So Holland is supposed to be the bad guy right? The reason he doesn't appear to me as frightening is because he doesn't seem like one. Yes, he is too obsessed with his experiments, and his measures are quite drastic and cruel, but if I think clinically, that doesn't really turn him into a villain. I hope Debra Driza has taken care of that in the next book.

All I can say is, MILA 2.0 has some shortcomings, of course. But there are some books that you just feel are worth reading. It is like one of those. It's pretty enjoyable and I'm strongly hopeful the next book, Renegade would be all the more interesting and enjoyable. I'm definitely up for reading the second book in the MILA 2.0 series :D

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