Thursday, April 4, 2013

ARC Book Review: MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza

Title: MILA 2.0
Author: Debra Driza
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Release Date: March 12, 2013
Rating: 2/5

Cover Impressions:
Very pretty, very interesting.  This one definitely grabbed the interest of the blogger community as soon as it was released.

The Gist:
Mila's life is changed forever when the accident that should have killed her instead provides a glimpse into the wires that make up her insides.  With her secrets laid bare, Mila and her mother go on the run from a government agency that will stop at nothing to get their test subject back.

I feel rather alone in my assessment of this book.  It seems that most people are pleased with it and I am certainly not.  The main problem that I encountered was Mila herself.  She was bland, uninteresting and incessently whiny.  She feel in insta-love with a virtual stranger and then spends the rest of the novel mooning over their almost kiss.  Really?  Your life and that of your mother is in constant danger and all you can think about is some boy you knew for three days?!  None of the characters seemed to have any interesting qualities - I kept waiting to discover that they were all emotionless androids.  I made no emotional connection with any of the characters and, as such, found it difficult to muster any level of concern for their well being. 

The plot was ridiculously slow for the first half of the novel.  It was all teen angst and mommy issues.  It did pick up by the second half, but by this point I had stopped caring and was just waiting for the end.  There were several missed opportunities (hello, plot twist where Hunter is also an android and on the bad guys side) and the events were fairly predictable.  There are also a number of questions left unanswered with regard to Mila and her "Mom", the strange memories that are surfacing and the mysterious Dad. 

This book was not the action packed android novel that I was anticipating.  I do not think I will be sticking around for the next installment.

Teaching/Parental Notes:

12 and up
Gender: Female
Sex: Kissing
Violence: Hand to hand combat, Gunplay, Use of Taser
Inappropriate Language: None
Substance Use/Abuse: None


eesia said...

I find most of books with teenagers very boring. Their problems aren't mine anymore and I have different priorities in life.

Well, there are exceptions. Like Hunger Games :-)

Mel@Thedailyprophecy said...

I've seen a lot of people who were disappointed by this book. Such a shame, because the concept sounds great. I'm not sure I'm going to like Mila..


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