MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza

Posted March 7, 2013 | 13 Comments

MILA 2.0 by Debra DrizaMILA 2.O
Author: Debra Driza
Series: MILA 2.0 #1
Published by: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: March 12, 2013
Format: eARC
Pages: 470
Source: Publisher

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.


13 responses to “MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza

  1. I feel the same about this book. Didn’t love but didn’t hate it. I wasn’t thirilled with the ending, kind of just stopped. I will read the next one. The novella was pretty good.

  2. Loved your review! I have been dying to read it. 😉

    I still love that you liked the “other” girl more in this. It cracks me up and some how doesn’t surprise me at all! 😛

    I do hope the next book is way better. I really do want to know more about Hunter, although I admit I am not sure where the author will take the story from here.

    Have a nice weekend Christy!!

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  3. Oh man, I’ve had so many of these lately. That sucks that the story is good and you can’t connect with the characters – I never know if I want to go on or not after that. I was really debating about requesting this one, I’m glad I didn’t. I think from what you’ve described, I’d have really disliked it. Wonderful Mostly-Meh Review!! You write them magnificently. 😀

  4. Aww, sorry that you didn’t connect with Mila as much as you wanted to, but gald you enjoyed anyways. I kinda liked the normalness of the beginning and made me connect to her more, so interesting how it can have such different effects.

  5. You made me go “Oooh” right at the beginning when you explained how hard it is to review because it is in the “In between” book pile. It’s really too bad the characters were boring and you couldn’t root for anybody. Authors need to bring spark and personality to them! We need to connect! So I’m sorry. Boring characters are no bueno. I’m glad you didn’t dislike it though, I might read it 🙂

    Love the review, Christy!

    Sunny @ Blue Sky Bookshelf

  6. Great review!!! It must have been a hard one to write. I ran here because of your use of the word “meh” and I think that summed it up. It’s kind of cool that you’re still going to continue the series to get some answers. And it sounds like it was a fast read so no harm there. Sorry about the plastic characters 🙁

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