Thursday, September 19, 2013

Mila 2.0

Book Title: Mila 2.0
Author: Debra Driza
Number of Pages: 470
Genres: YA Fiction, Sci-fi, Action-Adventure
Books like it: Cinder by Marissa Meyer
My favorite quote: "No two people ever view the world from exactly the same perspective, understand things the same way, human or not. The best we can ever do is try."

Brief Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.

My Summary:
This book was like seeing that girl in school that always dresses in black pull out a pink fluffy unicorn...... Totally unexpected. It compares this book to the Bourne movies, and as a person who has seen and loves the Bourne movies, I have to agree. Mila 2.0 is a fast-paced book with twists and turns and a whole bunch of unexpected explosions.
Mila is just a regular sixteen year old girl, although she has a completely messed up life. Her dad recently died in a fire, and she suffered memory loss because of it. Devastated, her mom decides to move to a new town and start over. It isn't the perfect dream life, but she has got friends, a cute guy interested in her, and a determination to remember the past.
As it turns out, there is no past to remember.
When Mila falls off the back of a truck and lands on her spine, she is sure she must be dead. And then she realizes that where blood should be rushing out of her arm, instead a white ooze gushes out. Horrified and confused, she goes to her mom for answers. The only problem is, the answers she gets are not necessarily what she wants to hear.

Somehow I'd come up with the notion that Hunter could set me free. Like some twisted version of Sleeping Beauty. But instead of saving me from an evil spell, his kiss would save me from the iPod. I'd convinced myself, in the tiny space of time, that Hunter's kiss would make me human.

Mila is not her name, it stands for Mobile Intel Lifelike Android, a CIA experiment designed to help the military's defense. Nicole, a scientist, and the person Mila knows as "Mom" thought that what the CIA had in mind for Mila's future was inhuman and unfair. She escaped with Mila, planted fake memories into her mind, and enrolled Mila in high school.

 Now that Mila no longer believes she is a normal girl, her mom turns on her defense mode, and all the abilities that Mila didn't know she possessed suddenly come to her aid. The CIA hunts Mila down, determined to take her back into the military and train her to be their weapon. The only thing they didn't know that while she was away from them, she gained one thing that will stand in their way.
Mila has emotions.
She gets angry, sarcastic, sad, happy, and she falls in love. Those emotions are one thing that keeps her from being a killing machine: human. As Mila fights to win General Holland's praise to keep her mother alive, she also discovers things about herself and her past that can change her forever.

Despite the undeniable knowledge that I wasn't human- or mostly human, anyway-despite the proof that the computer screen had shown in the repair room, I still pictured my interior just the same as any other sixteen year old girl's. Blood and guts and bones. A brain, and a functioning heart. Hopes and dreams, fears and sorrows.
  This book was sooo hard to put down because it was freaking awesome! As soon as Mila learns she is an android, the story picks up the pace and we are thrown into this action packed adventure story. I'm pretty sure there is also a love triangle, although I guess I'll have to wait and see in the next books. 
Word of advice: don't read this book until 2015 when the last one comes out, because the ending is a total cliffhanger and I am willing to bet that the second book will be the same way. Now I can't wait until the second book comes out in March! This is a great action read.

Pros: This was an action packed book with twists and turns and even a teenage romance. It will please everyone :)
Cons: I thought the start of this book was a little slow, just because nothing is really going on except her normal "human" life. The action picks up around page sixty.
Cautions for Parents: Mild language and violence. Pretty much a good book for age 12 and up.
Rating: 4.5 stars

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