Mila 2.0 – Debra Driza Review

Mila 2.0 (MILA 2.0, #1) 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.

This book is marketed for the teenage crowd. I’m not a teenager. This may be why I had such a big problem with it. The premise sounds so interesting, but the execution is so weak.

I think my biggest problem with this book was the characterization of the secondary characters. The only person that seemed moderately real was Mila (the irony is not lost on me, I know). Everyone else was such a cliche. Mila’s friends were the typical catty high school mean girls. Her best friend was “quirky” and super friendly until they started chasing the same boy. Then she showed her true colours by being a typical Plastic. There was absolutely zero loyalty.

The main love interest in this novel, old what’s-his-name (Parker? Hunter? Ryder?) was a carbon copy of every brooding bad-boy loner that you’ve read in teen novels. He also appeared for about a minute before Mila moved on. The other main male character that has the potential to become a romance (Nathan? Lucas? Okay, now I’m just naming One Tree Hill characters) was a super smart scientist that was working for the bad guys, but only because he was blackmailed into doing it, and has a heart of gold. Yawn. Even Mila’s mother was just so dull. Don’t even get me started on the main antagonist.

I will admit the action scenes were written quite well and I’m sure this book has the potential to do quite well for the right market. However, if you’re not a 15 year old girl, skip this book. Save your brain cells. This is where I stop reading the series.

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