ARC Review: Mila 2.0 (DAC)

April 25, 2013 Review 30

ARC Review: Mila 2.0 (DAC)
Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza
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Publisher: Katherine Tegen
Source: Won
Pages: 480
Release Date: March 12th 2012
Series: MILA 2.0 #1
Genres: Science Fiction
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.
I’ve seen one five star review for this. One. Even the people who rate every book five stars didn’t rate this five stars. There’s nothing particularly wrong with it…there just isn’t anything really…stellar about it. It’s actually a little worse than “meh.” Mila is an ordinary girl trying to fit in to her relatively new life in a new town while simultaneously dealing with her father’s tragic death. After her “best” friend’s motives to kill Mila fail (okay she wasn’t trying to kill her, but it totally would have, what a psycho) Mila is left with a strange arm injury that leads to her questioning who, and what she is. Mix in a government agency, an agency that rivals the government agency, a really awkward love interest, and a heroine that is bland as the android she actually is, and stir thoroughly.  The end result is Mila 2.0: a thriller that is less than thrilling. I was actually a little bored.

You know when authors create this whole back-story and talk about it a lot in the beginning then totally forget about it? Frustrating, right? This happens multiple times and leaves a few plot holes. Seriously, though-what happened to all those horses?

There is also a small, but infuriating issue that I hope was fixed in the final version that is published, and that is Mila’s mom’s hair. Yes, her hair. It has a nasty habit of changing colors throughout the story. A lot. This wouldn’t be a big deal if it wasn’t mentioned every other chapter and we were forced to read how she dyed it in the first place.


I believe the main purpose of this novel was to focus on Mila’s humanity. She’s a robot with no real human parts, but she has true human emotions. I feel like this could have been better if it was written a bit differently. Mila got on my nerves when she would say things like “Oh, look tears-how am I crying if I’m not human,” every other sentence.

Needless to say, I didn’t care for Mila. I didn’t connect with her at all. She was way too robotic (no pun intended) and I found myself losing interest in all of her endeavors. When she was in a life or death situation, I couldn’t muster up enough emotion to really care about her being successful.

I will not be reading the sequel.
I am reading this for the Debut Author Challenge of 2013 hosted by Hobbitisies book blog.I list the books for my 2013 challenges here

30 Responses to “ARC Review: Mila 2.0 (DAC)”

  1. lilybloombooks

    I’ve seen A LOT of people rate this MEH.. I was looking forward to it, but now I might just have to stick it on the back burner.

    Great review :)

  2. Brandi Kosiner

    Aw, I liked this one more than you because I was able to connect with Mila, but I can def see where you are coming from. THanks for honest review Alise

  3. Kelley

    Yeah, there were definitely some problems with this one, but I liked it more than you did. I’m glad I’m not the only one who noticed her mother’s hair color changing (and I read the finished copy). I kept getting confused every time I read about her mother’s hair color, but I wasn’t taking notes so couldn’t be sure, lol.

  4. Brooke DelVecchio

    I was less than thrilled with this book. I had issues about plot, how long it took to get to places, and characters being totally cut out of the story that for sure should have been there. I love the concept, although it has been done before, but it just wasn’t treated well.

  5. rivie bleu

    Aw, I saw many people wanting to read this and talk about it. Ugh, I’d be going crazy with all the loop holes, lol though I do that. I always tend to come back to parts I forgot when telling a story. They are just so confusing because I usually say “oh, but before that happened…”

  6. Lauren Elizabeth

    I feel the same way as you, this book wasn’t bad, it wasn’t great, it was just kind of underwhelming, because I had such high hopes for it. I haven’t even reviewed it because when I sit to write anything about it, I’m just bored. :-) I didn’t notice Mila’s mom’s hair mistakes though! That might be the most interesting part, actually. :-) Great review!


    Oh! That seemed like I mess. I know little things like hair changing can bother me allot too. For example one of my biggest pet peeves, are naive characters. For some odd reason- people making unrealistically stupid choices- bothers me to NO END.

  8. Delaney

    Gosh I hate meh books! They frustrate me to no end! Somehow this book reminds me a lot like Eve and Adam. It had a good plot but it didn’t deliver. Seriously, don’t just throw a great idea out there and NOT make it overwhelming amazing! DX And Mila sounds absolutely cardboard. Blah! I didn’t have much ounce to read the synopsis before in the first place, though I just liked the cover but everything else sounds pretty….cardboard-ish. XD

  9. Ariella Blake

    I rated this a “meh” as well. I was bored throughout the book as well and Mila just annoyed me to bits.. Like, can that girl not whine for one moment? I love your blog and I don’t know why I’ve never been here before! New follower :)

    -Ariella @ Secrets of Lost Words

  10. Adriana (BooksOnHerMind)

    *Sigh* I haven’t been hearing great things about this book AT ALL. it’s always not up to par… Mila sounds really unrelatable. Too bad. Might try it out just because I have it though. Thanks for the review!

    • Alise

      No. Way. Is it really? Oh gosh, I hope they do a good job. If you are looking for better similar books, I liked Unremembered and The Rules.

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