Monday, October 7, 2013

DNF Review: Mila 2.0

I did not finish this book. I read up to Chapter 18 (almost halfway through).

MILA 2.0 (MILA 2.0, #1)
Title: Mila 2.0
Series: Mila 2.0, Book 1
Author: Debra Driza
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Told: First Person (Mila), Past Tense
Format: ARC
Find It On: 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.


The story for Mila 2.0 is a simple and highly familiar one - average girl discovers she's an android and is hiding from the evil group that created her to do evil things. At this point, original spins and flares are (must be) added, but with Mila 2.0, I found none. It was the same old, same old, with barely any originality - except in one instance: Mila refused to accept her nature. Refused. We're talking downright, flat-out, fighting against her very programming, and body, and when she can't win has a tantrum refused. I could understand these feelings at first, but eventually it, and she, got on my nerves. On the run from two sets of bad guys (because there are always two), she needed to grow into her strength and face her reality. But she wasn't having any of it. It probably happens eventually - maybe at the end of this book, or in Book 2 - but after almost 20 chapters, with her breakdowns only getting worse, I just couldn't take any more.

The only good thing about the book was the love interest, Hunter. He was interesting and funny, and sometimes pulled something interesting and funny out of Mila when he was around. But once she went on the run, there was no place for him anymore. I mean, there could have been, easily, but I learned from other reviews that he most likely wasn't coming back until at least Book 2. 

I really wanted to enjoy this book and finish it. I really did. But with the prospect of nothing more than a whiny main character, overused plot, and no love interest, I gave up.

1 comment:

  1. Dang snap! I feel like I've only heard good things about this one, but I always love reading the other side of things. It's a bummer that you didn't find the story original at all and it sounds like Mila had some character issues. Thanks for the honest review! Hope you like your next book better!