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.
MILA 2.0 is a close-up look at a teenage identity crisis. It is a girl questioning everything she is, was, and will be. . . while being hunted by government agents.
I expected MILA 2.0 to be nonstop action, but was pleasantly surprised at some of the depth held within its pages. Most of the first section is Mila trying to fit in with her classmates and find her missing memories. Small details, like her attachment to her deceased father’s shirt, make Mila relatable and so very real.
Even though I knew she was an android, it was just as difficult for me to accept that fact in the beginning as it was for Mila. While I was able to move past it shortly after, I continued to root for her. Driza just put so much life and humanity into Mila, it was impossible not to hope for a happy ending.
As the confrontations multiplied, MILA 2.0 transformed into an edge-of-your-seat thriller, complete with disguises, hand-to-hand combat, a manipulative enemy, and unlikely allies. While MILA 2.0 lost a bit of its previous depth, the novel continued to question what humanity really is and deliver a story I didn’t want to leave. With all the little tidbits dropped about Mila’s allies and the organization that created her, I’m anticipating good things from the sequels.
Tags: science fiction, YA, thriller