Mila 2.0 (Mila 2.0 Series #1)

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Mila was living with her mother in a small Minnesota town when she discovered she was also living a lie.

She was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was never supposed to remember the past—that she was built in a 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...

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Overview

Mila was living with her mother in a small Minnesota town when she discovered she was also living a lie.

She was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was never supposed to remember the past—that she was built in a 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 a mysterious group who wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology.

Evading her enemies won't help Mila escape the cruel reality of what she is, but what she's becoming now is beyond anyone's imagination, including her own . . . and that just might save her life.

A compulsively readable sci-fi thriller, MILA 2.0 is Debra Driza's bold debut and the first book in an action-filled, Bourne Identity–style trilogy.

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Editorial Reviews

Marissa Meyer
“One part teen love story and two parts super-spy thriller, MILA 2.0 raises plenty of questions of humanity, warfare, and artificial intelligence, but it’s the James Bond-esque suspense and formidable heroine that kept me enthralled to the last page.”
ALA Booklist
“Driza’s fast-paced, action-packed debut science fiction thriller about identity, will, artificial intelligence, nature versus nurture, and man versus machine would satisfy fans of the Jason Bourne series, the Hunger Games trilogy, and Jennifer Rush’s Altered.”
Romantic Times
“MILA 2.0 is wonderful, filled with action and drama, a strong female protagonist and intense supporting characters. Readers will be hooked from the first page.”
Deseret News
“A must-read. Driza enumerates with intriguing clarity the human-versus-android tension that survives within Mila, all the while delivering an electrifying plot.”
New York Journal of Books
“Driza writes a story full of drama, excitement, and sadness with a smooth and complete story arc that nonetheless leaves us eagerly awaiting the next installment.”
Kathleen Peacock
“With edge-of-your-seat action and a shadowy government headquarters that puts Hollywood to shame, MILA 2.0 is a delicious, fast-paced read.”
Jen at Makeshift Bookmark
“Action-packed? Absolutely. Tear-jerking? Oh, yes. Lack of boring spells? You bet. Don’t brush this one off as just a pretty girl on a cover. There’s depth to MILA 2.0 and I can’t wait to find out where Debra Driza takes this story.”
Ashley at Booknook Young Adult Book Reviews
“MILA 2.0 was everything I hoped it would be: intense, action-packed, and filled with awesome technology…I promise you that MILA 2.0 is pure Bourne Identity and it’s FREAKING AWESOME.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062090379
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/15/2014
  • Series: Mila 2.0 Series , #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 189,005
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Debra Driza is the author of MILA 2.0. She is a member of the teen lit blogging group the Bookanistas and a former practicing physical therapist who discovered that tormenting her characters was infinitely more enjoyable. These days you can find her at home in California, wrangling one husband, two kids, and an assortment of Rhodesian ridgebacks.

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  • Posted March 12, 2013

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a re

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins Publishers and Edelweiss.)
    16-year-old Mila’s life has been turned upside down by her father’s death and then moving away for her mothers work. But things are about to get even crazier when Mila discovers that she’s not human, and her memories, including those of her father are all fake.

    Mila is actually ‘Mobile Intel Lifelike Android’ and her life is not her own. The government body that created her wants her back, and they’ll stop at nothing to get her.

    With only her mum, and herself to depend on, can Mila evade the people who want to catch her? How many other people are after her? And will she ever be free?


    This book wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, but I liked it!

    This book starts off reading like a contemporary romance, and then some odd things start happening. What made this book so good was how human Mila was though. Even though she’s told she’s an android and she’s not really human, she is. Mila is so human, and her emotions are real, and believing that she’s an android is not easy, even with proof, because she just seems so normal! I totally got why she was so bewildered by the whole thing because I was right there along with her.

    I loved how Mila felt about her mother. I know her emotions and memories were supposed to be fake, but Mila continued to fight for her mother, and love her mother even when she was told that it was all a lie. This was just more proof for me of how human Mila really was, because surely an android can’t love? I know in a lot of books when someone finds out that their parent(s) are not their biological parent(s) they rebel or turn against them, but Mila never did this, meaning that she must have developed feelings of her own towards her mother in the short time they had together.

    I really liked Hunter (the love interest at the beginning). He was such a sweetheart, and I thought that he and Mila were so sweet together. I was a little apprehensive at times as to whether Mila could really trust him, but we’ll have to wait and see if I’m right to be apprehensive!
    Again though, Mila’s feelings towards Hunter were something that she developed on her own, another thing to show that her feelings and emotions were anything but android.

    I liked the storyline in this book, although I liked the beginning a little more than the end. By the end of the book I was getting a little tired of the chase (as I’m sure was Mila), and I was desperately hoping that Mila could get away from her pursuers and be left alone. There were some sad moments in this book as well as the action, and I did feel for Mila at times.
    I can see why this book has been compared to the ‘Bourne Identity’ series as there is certainly no lack of action, with car chases and the lack of clarity for Mila over exactly what she is.
    Things calmed down a little at the end, although it is obvious that Mila’s story will be continued in the next instalment. It will be interesting to see what happens to poor Mila next!

    Overall; this book had romance, feeling, mystery, androids, and plenty of action!
    7.5 out of 10.

    14 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2013

    Mila 2.0 was a great departure from the glut of paranormal and d

    Mila 2.0 was a great departure from the glut of paranormal and dystopian YA novels. The read was intriguing, and while some elements strained plausibility, there was no joy lost in reading Mila. I really liked the military element of Mila's android side and her journey through that discovery and proving herself. Great actions scenes combined with emotional power that made this a very enjoyable novel.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    MILA 2.0 is non-stop action and thrills, but with so much heart.

    MILA 2.0 is non-stop action and thrills, but with so much heart. I loved Mila's voice-- so whip-smart, funny, and human. Her relationship with her mother is heartbreaking; I read the last few chapters with a pit in my stomach. I can't wait for the sequel!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2013

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    I finished Mila 2.0 last night, and though the ending could have

    I finished Mila 2.0 last night, and though the ending could have worked better for me, I thought this was a fantastic debut from Debra Driza. I hated to put this book down, which was unfortunate as I have had little reading time this last week. But finish it I did, and what a page turner it was. Mila 2.0 is filled with suspense, excitement, and some pretty intense action sequences. 




    The book opens with a girl on a horse. She has a vision. Her mom yells at her for riding too fast, and you think, huh. This is not what I expected. But it's not all that normal for long. The book picks up after a couple of chapters, and from that point on, there is no slowing down. That's why it's so hard to walk away from the story. If you are the type of reader who loves to stop and go with a book, you almost can't do that with this one. So make sure you carve out a chunk of reading time, because you will need it.




    One of the things I enjoyed the most about this novel was the author's writing style. It's well-balanced, and a good mix of plot, characters, and description. Though I think the characters could have had a little more depth--I'll get to that in a minute--I do believe that the well-balanced type of writing is the kind that resonates with me the most. I love being able to picture things in my mind but I don't want so much sensory language that it bogs the story down. The book is well-plotted and the pacing is incredibly strong. 




    But flaws. This book has some. Unfortunately, though I loved Mila as a characters, after some thinking, I have realized I just couldn't connect with her as much as I originally thought I was. I realized this when I got to the end and something major happened and I totally should have been crying (because I am an emotional basket case) but I wasn't. I knew then that something was missing. If a book is supposed to make me cry--that scene was brutal--and it doesn't, I have to deduct. It's a small thing as the rest of the book was SOOO much fun to read, but the characters could have used a little work. Some of them are in and out of the novel so quickly, you don't get much of a chance to know them. That is unfortunate. 




    One other complaint. There is a lot of action in this book. And I loved it. But...in a few of the scenes I had a hard time picturing what was going on and the descriptions of locations and character movements didn't seem clear to me. Like in the obstacle course scene toward the end? The way some of the buildings and places were described left me confused and unable to picture where they were located. Again, not a very big deal, but something I had to mention because it did detract from my enjoyment a little bit. 




    Ultimately though, clocking in at 480 pages, this book was one wicked ride that did not even feel close to that length. And I wanted more. So much more. I have to applaud the author for her ability to weave a story that kept me excited and flipping those pages until the end. I may not have been surprised by the ending, and there's not really a twist, but I enjoyed the entire book and cannot wait for the next.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 7, 2013

    Disclaimer: I LOVED this book. The only reason that graphic up t

    Disclaimer: I LOVED this book. The only reason that graphic up there doesn't show a full 5 birdies is that I purposely strung it out because I wanted to be able to sit in the story longer. This is a hefty YA at 480 pages, true. MILA 2.0 is such a fun, engaging story, though, that I had to work to pace myself; I really wanted to sit and chew through the pages until I reached the end. Since our 5 graphic says "couldn't put it down", I opted for 4.5.




    MILA is an acronym, though at the beginning of the book, the character is just Mila, the new girl in town whose dad died recently and whose mom is seriously overprotective. She's a sweet girl who's trying to find her spot in her circle of friends while struggling to gain her freedom, just like any other teen. The problem is, she's not a teen at all.




    Mila's journey here in volume 1 of the series is pretty dramatic and action-packed. There are several locations, fight scenes, and characters who may or may not be potential allies. She learns that her humanity is not necessarily a deficiency- nor is her android side. She grows to the point of being capable of independence, but not necessarily wanting it.




    My favorite novel of all time is Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. This novel shares many of the same questions about what exactly comprises our humanity, yet is in the much-more-accessible format of modern YA sci fi. Mila, like Shelley's monster, feels human, yet has inhuman abilities. She feels isolated, even when she meets another like her, because she is so acutely human-like. Instead of being horrifically ugly, she is perfectly beautiful- lacking the small imperfections that mark our individuality. And of course, the whole ethics of creating life issue is wide open for exploration. Oh, to be back in the classroom- this would be SUCH a fun comparison study! 




    I've read that this may be a tv series in the fall- and if it is, it's going to be top on my DVR list. I can see it in my head, and it's going to be fantastic!




    Don't miss out on this one! I'm betting it will appear on several "best of 2013" lists.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2014

    Well written and a must read

    As I read this amazing novel, I kept picturing what Mila was doing as my own actions. Well most of it anyways. Im a man and this book has some great sci fi action as well as romance where like most guys, its not my favorite part but it makes the book more well rounded. A must read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 15, 2014

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    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    Very good

    My friend reccomended this book to me, so i decided to give it a go. I really enjoyed it, i loved that she was is a robot becuse the story line seems original to me, and the book kept my interest utill i was reading non-stop until 1 in the morning!! Overall i love this book, but i will probably crawl under a rock and die if there is no second book!! "WE NEED A SECOND BOOK!!"

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2013

    Completely unexpected, this novel rather captivated me. Followi

    Completely unexpected, this novel rather captivated me.

    Following Mila and her adventures, I found myself having flashes of different sort of movies. 
    In the first place, "DARYL" by Simon Wincer, where a young adopted boy learns of his extraordinary abilities that have an interest for the military. This is the first part of the story, when Mila peacefully live with her mother in the Minessota, and she discovers her android side.

    Then, chases, fights and paranoia prevailing around the identity of the bad guys, who threaten the two women, reminded me of scenes from "The Bourne Identity" by Doug Liman. 
    The story becomes darker, although gadgets discovered inside Mila bring a little levity. What woman has not dreamed of having a built-in GPS? 

    Finally, trapped in the lab, I had impressions of "The Hunger Games" by Gary Ross mixed with an old movie played by Arnold Schwarzenegger: "The Running Man" by Paul Michael Glaser. In this part, the scenes are tougher. 
    Particulary during the beating and the frightening obstacle course set up for the third test.

    Is it bothered me to see different references through my reading? Not really because the mixture is well done and the narrative full of rhythm . Between espionage, combats, laboratory rats experiences, android and human feelings, the reader do not get bored.

    In terms of characters, some are more interesting than others. Hunter and the place it plays in Mila's mind has perplexed me. And I a Lucas fan !

    Hopefully, more revelations should be coming in the sequel...

    A trilogy of science fiction to follow.

    Lucie
    newbooksonmyselves.blogspot.fr

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2013

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    Can a machine be human?

    If you've watched Star Trek Next Generation, D.A.R.Y.L. and other similar shows then you know what this story is about. This story also compares to James Patterson's Maximum Ride series.

    This book is a compelling read and I think that any teenaged girl or any woman can identify with MILA. The questions MILA asks herself are no different than any person or girl would ask. How we answer those questions helps define who we are.

    These internal debates help define the character and draw the reader into the story.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2013

    Great.

    Great.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2013

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    Did I like it, love it, or think it was just okay? I loved it!!

    Did I like it, love it, or think it was just okay? I loved it!!




    The characters: I really felt for Mila, and I connected with her because her emotions were so real and vivid. Driza wrote her with passion and where what she is feeling and thinking really jumped off the page. I think that her struggle when she found out that she was an Android was so compelling, and very realistic. I can't imagine finding out something like that when my whole time I thought that I was a human. She feels, thinks, and has friends, sure there are some hazy memories, but everything seems so real. 
    It draws up an interesting question for me of what makes defines real. I never failed to connect with her, and she was always fighting for the person that she loves, so what really makes her different from me? What's inside? Metal vs not? It is just weird if you really think about it. 
    I liked Lucas, he was well written and though I can't say a lot about him without being a spoiler. But how he questioned things and then became loyal to what he believes in really inspired me. 
    As for her friend, Kaylee... Well, I can't believe the changes in her. I really don't understand how she was so friendly and including, and then NOT. I hope that there is some explanation in the next book. 
    I loved Mila's relationship with her mom, and how it changed several times with the circumstances. I think it reflects a real mother/daughter relationship because they aren't usually always good or bad, but fluctuating. But I think that how they learned to talk to one another and really learned that they could trust each other was beautiful. 




    The romance: I just wasn't feeling it. Friendship yes, the possibility that more could be there, sure... But hopefully the next book will pick a guy and really develop that, because I think I will have a hard time if they are both developed and fleshed out and then one of them won't be with her. 




    The cover: I like the colors, and the parts of her face. It catches my eye, and I think that it is a good fit for the story. 




    The ending: I think it ties up well enough and stops at a decent point, although I am very eager to read the next one. 




    The pacing: It kept me wanting to keep flipping pages, there was always some 




    The world/setting: I felt like it was authentic--the high school experience as well as when she ends up in the lab. 




    Bottom Line: Great start to a series that I can't wait to keep reading. 

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2014

    I had been really excited for this book when I first heard about

    I had been really excited for this book when I first heard about it. Even better was getting my hands on a copy and finally getting to dive in. I mean look at that cover. It is a book that screams "I AM GOING to blow you away!"and then it didn't. It was nothing special. It fell short of everything that I wanted it to be, but even with that, I am excited for the next book to hit the shelves in hopes that it is going to give us more to love.

    What made me fall off the bandwagon? For starters there was a weak attempt at a love triangle. I wish that since Driza had decided to make it happen, it would at least be interesting, but no, there was a hick boy that she met while in her new home and then there was the boy working with the bad guys. They never interacted and they were very different kinds of boys. They weren't even interesting boys, well maybe Lucas was, but still.

    I also wasn't thrilled with the people that Mila was keeping company with especially after one of them almost killer her. Some people man...other than that I think my biggest problem would have been the length there was too much going on, I think that this book would have been better suited to be two books and not one, but I suppose in the interest of preserving it being a trilogy, that it somewhat important.

    I really liked Mila, she tried to like people and to grow and adapt once she knew who she was and what she was capable of. I will be reading the next book, and I am hopeful that some of these issues will be worked out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2014

    Excitingling nee

    Refreshing exciting new outlook!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    Mila 2 . O

    Amazing!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2013

    There is going to be a 2 book right?

    There is going to be a 2 book right?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2014

    Loved it

    Crazy story, but i absoluetly loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2013

    Loved It!!"

    I cant wait to read the series!! Absolutly gripping!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2013

    EXPECTATIONS NOT REALIZED! BORING!

    2*'s because it started off good but somehow, and it may just be me, but I just didn't feel the wonderful knaw of wanting more. I quit reading shortly after the running started.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    Damn it yall read

    Stupid and excuuse my language it is the only way to get peoplr to read it

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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