Author: Debra Driza
Series: MILA 2.0 #1
Published by: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: March 12, 2013
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 one of those books that is hard for me to discuss, because I’m so in the middle about how I feel about it. I really wanted to read something exciting, and this sounded like it fit the bill. Well, it did. Kind of.
The book starts out with Mila, a sixteen-year-old girl living on a horse ranch with her mom. They recently moved to the small Minnesota town following the death of Mila’s father. She doesn’t remember anything from before the fire that killed him, except for small flashes of memories. Her mom has been somewhat cold and distant, but Mila doesn’t understand why. She’s sure it has something to do with her dad’s death, though, and it may be her fault.
Mila’s life pretty much consists of going to school and hanging out at Dairy Queen with her friends. Though her so called friends aren’t exactly all that nice. Then Hunter arrives. He’s the new boy in town that makes Mila feel things she’s never felt before. Unfortunately, Mila’s life quickly gets flipped upside down after she discovers a major secret. She’s an Android. And people are after her.
Up to this point, I didn’t feel any connection to any of the characters. Nothing. There’s no real personality from anyone. So by the time the real excitement began, it was hard for me to even root for anyone because I didn’t care about them. I mean, I know Mila is an android, but that doesn’t mean she had to be boring as heck. Especially since she was supposed to be different and have real girl feelings. The funny thing is, though, there was another android in this book that was supposed to be emotionless and not have personality, yet she’s the one I actually liked!
There turned out to be a lot of action in this book. A lot. It pretty much goes from zero to sixty rather quickly, and doesn’t slow down until the end. But it just felt like a lot of it was going through the motions, because I wasn’t emotionally invested. I know that if I had connected with Mila, I would have found all of the action entertaining and engaging. No such luck, though. It did make the book go pretty fast, so I technically wasn’t completely bored.
Even though I wasn’t invested in the characters, I do still want to read the next book for two reasons. One, I feel like Mila might actually grow a personality. If she does, then this series could be a lot of fun. The other reason I want to continue is because I have some theories and suspicions about a certain male character. I need to know if I’m correct!
So overall, I liked MILA 2.0 okay. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t totally dislike it either.