Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza

Title: Mila 2.0
Author: Debra Driza

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. (From Goodreads.com)
I bought Mila 2.0 on a whim (as I do with most of the books I buy these days) and did not expect to love it as much as I did!

This book is absolutely action-packed. It reads like a movie and I could not stop thinking about it until I had read the final page.

Mila is a kickass heroine. she is a refreshing change in a YA market riddled with weak girls who care for nothing but their hot love interests and being with those hot love interests. Sure, there is romance. There HAS to be as this is YA and it seems to be an almost essential aspect of the genre. But it is not the primary focus in the book.

Driza did a fantastic job in creating the technology in this series. I didn't question anything about the world she created and loved what it brought to the book a a whole.

I feel that the YA market is definately starting to focus on bringing more quality novels to the readers. Mila 2.0 is a fine example of this, as it bears little resemblance to anything else I have read erecently. sure, one can look at it as similar to Marissa Meyer's Cinder. But Cinder is set in a completely fictional futuristic world while Mila 2.0 is set in our own world with a few new twists. The only real comparision between the two is that Cinder and Mila are both strong female characters. Cinder is a cyborg and Mila is an android. They are both awesomely fantastic reads for fans of YA.

So if you want to try something different from the dystopian and paranormal novels that are populating the YA shelves, give Mila 2.0 a try.