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MILA 2.0

(MILA 2.0 #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  11,415 ratings  ·  1,370 reviews
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 to
Hardcover, 470 pages
Published March 12th 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Debra Driza
Dec 31, 2011 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
Wendy Darling
3.5 stars


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
Steph Sinclair
May 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those looking for action on a rainy day
Recommended to Steph by: Myself

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
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, unne

Even the cover looks fantastic!
Isn't it amazing!?!?!
Claude's Bookzone
UPDATE: 30/01/2021 - Review added

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3.5 Stars

Well. I have things to say.

Okay, the first 20% is among the most annoying reading experiences I have had in the last few years. It wasn't just 'mean girls'. It was like a caricature of 'mean girls'. All exaggerated and out of proportion to reality. As an adult reading YA fiction I recognise that there will be aspects that I don't relate to anymore, and sitting
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–n
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
Trina (Between Chapters)
3.5. I thought this was pretty good! Guess I have another series to binge now. :)

Representation: A prominent side character walks with a limp due to a club foot. I can't find ownvoices reviews of this rep.

Potential triggers: Car accident & injury, torture, (view spoiler).
Apr 14, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
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
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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This review is also available over at my blog.


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
Alice (Married To Books)
Read for The YA Room's Throwback Bingo Challenge!

Challenge Square: Dystopian

Actual Star Rating: 3.5 stars!

This was quite a roller-coaster ride, Mila 2.0 ticked all the boxes for fear, excitement and courage. The pacing however was quite slow and the characters at times hard to connect with. Mila lives with her Mum and is happy when a new boy starts at her High School. Secrets emerge when she learns of her true heritage: She isn't human, she's a android that belongs to the Army in her home count
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 mos
Rachael Allen
Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
I think if your family member is on the cover, you have to read the book.
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"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
Mar 09, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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
Feb 19, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sci-fi lovers
Mila 2.0 was one of my highly anticipated reads. I expected this to be an intense sci-fi story.

This was nothing like I expected.

The book started out with Mila, a girl who lives in Minnesota. She's not happy with her life. Her friends are not the best, her father recently died in a horrible fire, and her mom simply doesn't understand her. I loved the story for the first half of the book, but it just slowly went downhill. Mila learns she's an android, and her life is all a life. The author did a
Jenni Arndt
Jul 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-own
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
Brandi Kosiner
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked 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
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
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
Mar 14, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Oct 18, 2012 rated it liked it
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 ...more
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
Jul 25, 2012 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.

Apr 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
I can't take any more... This review is only based on the first 160 pages of the book. Maybe Mila 2.0 all of a sudden gets super awesome on page 161 - I have no idea. All I know is that I don't want to waste my precious reading time on this book.

For me it almost felt like Mila 2.0 tried to collect all the young-adult clichés. Unrealistic high-school behaviour? Check. So-called best friend that in reality a psychotic bitch that actually almost killed you but apparently NO ONE sees this? Check. Bo
Nov 19, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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