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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  7,131 ratings  ·  1,053 reviews
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 p
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Hardcover, 470 pages
Published March 12th 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Debra Driza
Dec 14, 2012 Debra Driza added it  ·  (Review from the author)
So, there's really no scenario I can envision where I'd feel comfortable rating my own book (and even if I were comfortable, that rating would probably change on a daily--no, hourly--basis, so it'd be pointless anyway).

Instead, I shall share my MILA 2.0 playlist--and and hope it doesn't terrify everyone away with its complete randomness:

1) Chemical Brothers--Block Rockin' Beats
2) Florence and the Machine--Drumming Song
3) White Zombie--More Human Than Human
4) U2--Even Better Than the Real Thing
5)
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Wendy Darling
3.5 stars

GIRL ANDROID.

That should probably be the extent of my review, because you can pretty much tell by your reaction to those two words whether or not this book is for you. If they get you nearly crazed with excitement (guilty! I'm raising my hand), you should probably just cancel your dinner plans for next week when the book is released.

If you read the freebie short entitled Origins: The Fire, you already know that a devastating fire has changed Mila's life. As she's trying to adjust to he
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Steph Sinclair

I had a very difficult time rating this book. One one hand, I did relatively enjoy it. But on the other hand, it had a few issues that stuck out like an angry throne for the entire duration of the novel. So what does that exactly equate to? A big ol' pot of "meh" for the most part, but not to the extent that I wouldn't recommend the book.

When I first heard about MILA 2.0, I was ridiculously excited to get my hands on it. The blurb sounded right up my alley and I expected a lot of action, fight s
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Miguel :Bookpanda:
UPDATE (July 2 2012): OMG THE COVER IS OUT AND IT LOOKS BETTER!

Even the cover looks fantastic!
Isn't it amazing!?!?!
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
So I was excited to read this. And I could tell from the first chapter, it was going to be a tough one for me.

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And then totally cliche meangirling over a New Boy, which made me go like this:

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And the Mom was so secretive and annoying and withdrawn, so I felt like:

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And then Mila is on the run with her mom and I wanted her to smarten up.

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And is calling a boy you've known for three days, while on the run from shady intel crops and the US Military a Good Idea? No.

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So much random, unnecessary crap ha
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Guadalupe
Apr 09, 2012 Guadalupe marked it as books-that-i-need-to-read
Recommended to Guadalupe by: Goodreads
Two words popped inside my head, while reading the summary.

Holy Shit.

Dean - Holy Shit Pictures, Images and Photos
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
I've spent a long time trying to come up with the best/gentlest way to put this, but in the end, I feel that a direct approach might be best. So here it is: despite a fabulous premise, numerous action scenes and androids (androids, for heaven’s sake!), Mila 2.0 is unfortunately quite boring. After seeing the cover and reading the synopsis, I truly expected to read it in one sitting, but alas, I had to bribe myself to even finish it.

”Right. I’m the computer.” Not only that, but somewhere on–no,
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Sarah Harian
Driza has successfully trolled the entire YA writing community by creating an android narrator more human than most real teens in young adult fiction.

I'm always wary about beginning hyped thriller-type YA novels, because I usually don't enjoy them. Whether the narrator has to pummel her way through hoards of demons, survive obstacles in her dystopian universe, or save her Mars colony from an alien invasion, rarely do I give half a rat's ass what's happening on the page because there is SO much m
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Blythe
There is so much fun to be had reading Debra Driza's thoroughly interesting and original debut, MILA 2.0. Brimmed to the top with incredibly fun action scenes, likable characters, believable conflicts, and awesome technological abilities, MILA 2.0 is not a novel to be missed by anyone looking for their next great sci-fi read--and especially those looking for an awesome android novel, which there, unfortunately, seems to be a massive shortage of.

For some readers, MILA 2.0 may be a bit slow to st
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Parajunkee
These random thoughts will lead to a review - I just have to get my feelings out...apologize.

Where can I begin to describe the hot-mess that was this book? I was going back and forth on reading it but I will admit I fell prey to the cover and what I thought was a really cool premise, I just didn't think a YA could pull this off...and I guess I was right in my mind anyway.

The book was boring at points and didn't make sense in others. Characters were stereotypical and sometimes ridiculous.

Mila w
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sunset shimmer
This review is also available over at my blog.

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After reading a lot of awesome books these past few weeks, this was kind of a step down, because I personally don't feel as if this book had much that was special about it.

So we're introduced to Mila, just a normal quiet girl crushing on the new hot boy in school. Until she finds out that she's not human at all, but an android, and all her childhood memories were simply programmed into her mind, and her Mom isn't even her mothe
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Ashley
MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza - When we made you, we crossed a line

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MILA 2.0 was everything I hoped it would be: intense, action-packed, and filled with awesome technology. But it was also more than that: it had a TOTALLY SWOONY romance—but it didn't dominate the story, and it had one of the most alive characters I've ever read about! I have to quote another reviewer here because I can't say it better myself:

Driza has successfully trolled the entire YA writing community by creating an android narrator more human than most rea
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Sarah
I want to point out that I don't write proper reviews for books I don't finish reading but since I made so many notes during the first 50% of this book (before I gave up) I thought I'd share them here.

I have to say that I'm in the minority when it comes to this book though, most of my GRs friends enjoyed the story and rated it quite highly. So don't just go on my review if you're trying to decide whether to read it or not - this one obviously just wasn't for me.

There were so many things about t
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Rachael Allen
10 Things I Loved About MILA 2.0:

1. Mila is one of the most interesting, multi-layered characters I've read about in a very long time. She shows a tremendous range of emotions. Her reactions are very realistic. We already know she’s an android, and I really like how subtle the build up is. She comes into her abilities gradually, and there are these fabulous details hinting at what she really is. (example: “I cranked the old rotor window down, the one that stuck for Kaylee’s little brother and h
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Katy
I kind of have mixed feelings about this book because it felt like I was reading two different stories. While a good chunk of this book was just filled with the "Bourne Identity-styled" action, I really felt like a lot was missing to make this book great.

First of all, what a weird beginning! I read until Chapter 5, and I had to stop and reread the summary just to make sure I was reading the book I thought I was reading. Apparently, it was. And then, of course, I had my theories on what had happe
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Aimen *Vampire Bookworm*
"No matter what. I wouldn't let anyone change me. I wouldn't let them strip away whatever tiny parts of me were human. Assuming I had any humanity to lose."



You know how sometimes all you want to do is read a book that has an amazing heroine? One that can kick-butt, like properly and not just act strong for one part then go back to la-la-land the next? One that doesn't get on your nerves throughout the entire book? One that just makes you want to yell "YOU ARE THE MOST EPIC FEMALE I'VE EVER READ
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Susan
Mila 2.0 is an incredible rollercoaster ride of excitment and adventure! Debra Driza doesn't hesitate to bring the awesome. Fast paced and filled with electrifying twists and turns, Mila 2.0 will leave readers breathless and aching with anticipation of what's to come next. Possibly one of the year's best debut young adult sci-fi novels, you can't go wrong picking this one if you're a fan for sure. It is definitely a must have!

Completely unputdownable and filled with so much intrigue and myster
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Jerilyn
Jul 03, 2012 Jerilyn marked it as to-read
I think if your family member is on the cover, you have to read the book.
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)


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
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Jenni Arndt
What fun reading this book was. I admit, when it came time to buckle down and read it I looked at the whopping 480 pages and was worried it would be a dragged out read. That’s pretty long for YA and oftentimes when I tackle a book like this it suffers from a lot of pacing issues that drive me crazy. That wasn’t the case with Mila 2.0 at all, in fact I had so much fun reading this that I ate it up in 3 small sittings and could have easily read more. A fast pace is set right at the beginning of th ...more
Crystal
You know when you read certain books you just know they would make great movies? Well Mila 2.0 is one of them. I would pay way more than the average movie ticket to see this on the big screen. This book is high paced, action heavy, and so full of adrenaline. It was perfection!

Mila having just moved to a new town with her mom is just trying to move on from the death of her father. Things aren't great in her world but she makes the most of it by keeping quiet and staying out of trouble. Little doe
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Heidi
Three stars: A book with a good premise but a little underwhelming in execution.

Mila closes her eyes desperately attempting to recall the scene of the fire that ultimately killed her father a month before. No matter how hard she tries, she cannot remember what happened that fiery night. A month later, she scrunches down into her father's worn flannel shirt, the last remnant of her former life that she desperately clings to in her new surroundings. Mila has started a new life in a small rural tow
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AH
What an amazing book by debut author Debra Driza!

What if everything in your reality was, in fact, a fabrication? Your life, your parents, your memories – what if they were all a lie? MILA 2.0 is the story of an incredible young woman. The book started off slowly for me, with MILA grieving the loss of her father in a house fire. (You can read this part as well as a preview of this book in Origins: The Fire, a very short prequel). MILA experiences the usual high school angst, punctuated by a crush
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Katie_la_geek
This was a book of two halves for me. I didn’t like the first half at all but the second half was amazing.

I had a lot of expectations going into this and to start with I was massively disappointed. The storyline was good, the writing was good but Mila wasn’t. At first I couldn’t stand her, she spent the first half of the book slamming doors, sneaking off when she had been told not to because it was too dangerous for everyone including herself, or thinking about a boy she had literally just met.
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Matilda
Jul 25, 2012 Matilda marked it as to-read
This book sounds amaaazing. But then there's that release date... I don't know what to do with myself right now.


Rebekah
What worked: Mila 2.0 is extremely original, I don't think I've read anything like it before. I know that there are quite a few novels being released this year based on artificial intelligence but Debra Driza takes it a step forward. What if you found out that everything you thought you knew about yourself was a lie? That instead of veins, you had wires snaking around your body? Mila has to come to terms with this and find her place in the world because really, she was never supposed to be a pa ...more
Valia Lind
Reviewed on http://wordsareinnermusic.blogspot.com

My expectations where very cautious when it came to this book. Sure, I loved the premise and the whole Bourne Identity/I am Number Four pretty much pulled me in. Yet, at the same time it made me very reluctant to read this book. I have sort of a love/hate relationship when it comes to books being compared to other books. Seriously, every time I hear “it’s the next Twilight!” or “it’s the next Hunger Games!” I cringe and really don’t feel like rea
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Sarah
Loved it! I've been reading books by Sarah Dessen books nonstop and needed a break. I was lucky enough to get an advance reader copy of this book.

It took me a bit to get into it, but once she found out that she had a mechanical arm I was hooked. The author does a great job of making a sympathetic, young girl, android character (which I'm sure is not an easy task lol).

There is ton of interesting, internal character strife and the supporting characters are all well thought out and described well.
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Dana
" The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection."
-George Orwell

This book really stretches your mind and that is the single most thing that I love about it. Mila, or A.I soldiers are the future of the military and that is why I find the concept of this book so fascinating. This book is action packed and it is great to see a teenager go through trials and tribulations with the support and guidance of their mother.

What I didn't like was how ungrateful Mila was regarding her mothe
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Giselle at BO-OK NERD Canada
Mila has moved from the life that she knew to a small town in the States. She adjusts to teenage life with the help of her best friend. When the new boy comes into town, he ends up being the one person she knows she can trust. After a bizzare accident that gets her injured, Mila realizes she's not human after all, but a humanoid android who belongs to the United States Army. And they'll stop at nothing to keep her.

I didn't know what to expect with this one. It's not every day you can read an and
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I'm the author of the MILA 2.0 series and the owner of the messiest purse on the planet, aka: the black hole of doom. I think bow ties are cool and when I grow up, I want to be Veronica Mars.

I rarely check my account at Goodreads, so if you need to get in touch with me, try twitter or Debra at debradriza.com.
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“The room was a small square of hopelessness.
A flash of red. And then:
Dimensions: 10 ft. by 9 ft.
I swallowed a horrific giggle. Perfect. And now I knew the exact measurements of hopelessness.”
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