Mila 2.0 (Mila 2.0 #1), by Debra Driza
Published On: March 12, 2013, by Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Dystopian, Science-Fiction
Format: Hardcover Edition
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.
Huh. Doesn't it suck when you expect but you get dumped with the worst? That was me today with Mila 2.0. DNFED @ 42 PAGES!
This is a read that I've been pretty anxious about now that I think about it. It's been on my Goodreads TBR list for ages, probably since I've got Goodreads, and I've never went out to pick it out until I found it at my local library. Thank goodness I didn't spend my money on it.
This is a full-out dystopia slash sci-fi story. Normally, you could've handed me any dystopia and I'd probably have given it a three star rating or higher. I'm getting a little afraid, wondering if my love is slowly fading away, or it's possibly just this book. The concept burdened me, and buried me under a world of boringness.
From the 42 pages I read, nothing was happening and the plot and idea was so vague that I didn't even understand what was happening, and I was sure that the story would've stayed the same for the whole rest of the book. Why waste my time? All that I knew was happening was that Mila is some android-chick who doesn't know her role in life, just as protagonists feel in the mist of most cheesy books. Then there are the bad guys, right? Those who want to capture Mila because of her fantastic role and secret that even she doesn't know? Yep—thought so.
I felt like this was a remake of Cinder, but far more cliché, obviously, because Cinder was an absolute hit for me. I loved that book and it was a remake of fairy tales that we know today. This? This was a book that we periodically felt something from. At least we were supposed to feel that. I think I only felt some feeling in the first page. That's about it.
I feel like I'm ready to rant about this book here. I was the black sheep and felt like I didn't know what was happening. If you're ready for confusion and the same story over and over again, then maybe you'll enjoy this book. But there's a low chance that you will.
Starting off, remembering how everything came to be from beginning to the end of the 42 boring bum pages, the world was a complete blur for Mila. Probably, if I kept going, the only good thing that would stay forever would be the setting. I'm always fascinated with different dystopia settings, and this book seemed to have a pretty good one. But that's the only positive that I will shine here. Let me shame this book, instead.
Mila was a disastrous character, as you can imagine. She was like the downer and the person who brought the happiness down when you win the lottery. She was the thunderstorm in the middle of a hot sunny summer day. She was the downer—such a loser and not kick-ass whatsoever.
I don't even feel like apologizing for my feelings here. I just—ugh can't go through another book like this or else I'll be banging my head on a table over and over again eventually feeling numbness because I just don't care.
*sighs* After reading this book, I'm totally just not ready for more downer books like this one. Mila 2.0 was probably an all-time favourite for others, but it totally sucked for me. Meh. Don't bother.