Thursday, March 21, 2013

ARC Review: Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza

Mila 2.0
Author: Debra Driza
Publication: Katherine Tegen Books (March 12, 2013)

Description: 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.

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. 

A compulsively readable sci-fi thriller, Mila 2.0 is Debra Driza's bold debut and the first book in an action-filled, Bourne Identity-style trilogy.

My Thoughts: MILA 2.0 was an exciting and entertaining science fiction story. The story begins with Mila moving with her mother to a horse farm in Clearwater, MN after the death of her father. Mila is trying to fit in. She has been befriended by Kaylee but, when Hunter comes to the school, Kaylee shows her true self as a jealous rival for Hunter's attention. In fact, she tries to kill Mila by driving recklessly after forcing her into the back of her pickup truck so that she can monopolize Hunter's attention in the cab. Mila is thrown from the truck and cuts a gash in her arm which reveals something other than flesh and bone. Mila goes to her mother for an explanation which rocks everything she thought she knew about herself.

Mila's mother is actually the scientist who helped create her. She has stolen her from the lab and evil General Holland who created her to be a war machine and is eager to terminate her because she is too human. They go on the run but are captured by General Holland's troops and returned to the lab. Mila and the woman she thinks of as her mother are separated and Mila is forced to go through a bunch of testing to save both her life and her mother's. Mila is called Mila 2.0 and General Holland has created a Mila 3.0 who is more to his liking without all those human emotions. 

Mila does her best and is even befriended by one of the young scientists. Lukas comes to recognize how human she is and wants to help her. However like Mila, he is being coerced into General Holland's service because of threats to someone he loves. He does manage to engineer Mila and her mother's escape though both he and Mila's mother are gravely injured.

I liked this story. I liked Mila's discomfort with the thought that she was not human and her reluctance to embrace her android strengths. I also liked her devotion to her mother. I thought that she was one of the most human characters in the story. She far surpassed General Holland's humanity. He did make an excellent villain though. He was crazy and obsessed with carrying out his secret scientific mission. He was blind to anyone's opinion except his own and willfully blind to the truth of Mila's humanity. 

I look forward to reading the next books in this trilogy to find out Mila's fate. Science fiction fans will enjoy this one. 

Favorite Quote:
My fingers squeezed the wheel, so tightly that I felt the metal underneath the padding start to yield. No matter what, I wouldn't let anyone change me. I wouldn't let them strip away whatever tiny parts of me were human. 

...a fighting machine...

Assuming I had any humanity to lose.
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