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Gr 7 Up-Thirty days ago, Mila's mother moved them to the quiet Clearwater, Minnesota, to make a new start after the tragic death of her husband. Despite her grief, Mila is doing her best to find a place for herself, but it's hard to move on when she can't remember details of her past-including the fire that killed her father. When she injures her arm in an accident, she discovers a network of wires and tubes beneath her skin that hints at a history more incredible than she could have ever imagined. Mila doesn't remember her previous life because she doesn't have a past: she was created in a top-secret laboratory for the government. Now she and her mother are running for their lives and nothing makes sense-all she has are questions. Who is her mother? Did her father ever actually exist? Why was she created? And who is chasing her? In this cross between Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Identity (Richard Marek, 1980) and Mary E. Pearson's The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Holt, 2008), Mila's identity crisis and the resulting questions about what it means to be human could be the start of an interesting discussion. And while this first book in a planned trilogy is nearly 500 pages long, the action-packed plot will quickly propel even reluctant readers to the end.-Heather M. Campbell, formerly at Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, COα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Everything seems normal as 16-year-old Mila attends a new school in Minnesota, hangs out with her new friends, and starts to get to know another new student—Hunter, a handsome, quiet surfer from California. Suddenly, though, Mila starts to get flashes of visions that send shudders down her spine: she pictures men in lab coats conducting cruel experiments in a cold room. Who are they? Why does she keep picturing these scenes? According to her mother, Mila is suffering from trauma due to her father’s fiery death. But when Mila discovers that her mother may not be telling the truth, core identity issues heat up the plot. Driza’s fast-paced, action-packed science fiction/thriller debut about identity, will, artificial intelligence, nature versus nurture, and man versus machine will satisfy fans of the Jason Bourne series, the Hunger Games trilogy, and Jennifer Rush’s Altered (2013). Grades 8-12. --Candice Mack
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Product Details

  • Series: Mila 2.0 (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (March 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062090364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062090362
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Debra Driza is a member of the teen lit blogging group the Bookanistas and a former practicing physical therapist, who discovered tormenting her characters was infinitely more enjoyable. These days you can find her at home in California, adding random colors to her hair and wrangling one husband, two kids, and an assortment of Rhodesian Ridgebacks. Mila 2.0 is her first novel.

Customer Reviews

Mila 2.0 is a fascinating read.
Inky
There are so many unanswered questions by the end of this book and I felt like I didn't really get anywhere.
Heidi
I recommend it if you enjoy young adult fiction, action/thrillers, and science fiction.
Kimberly

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Ward TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
4.5 Stars

'Mila 2.0' was an edgy science fiction novel that far exceeded my expectations. It follows Mila as she and her mother have to relocate to the small town in Minnesota after the fire that killed her father. She's having some trouble adjusting to the change, but finally makes a connection with a cute new guy when things go terribly wrong. After a car accident one day after school, Mila discovers the dark secret her mother has been keeping from her: she isn't really a girl at all but an android developed to blend in with teenage girls without detection. The woman she thought was her mother is really one of the scientists who helped create her and her father - along with his death - and the rest of Mila's memories were all implanted into her. Now the government has found their hiding spot and they will stop at nothing until Mila is back at the compound and her mother is punished for stealing her. Even though Mila's world is crashing down around her and the android functions that were suppressed are now coming out - she still can't shake the gut feeling that she's more than just a robot. She's a girl with real feelings and emotions. She needs to keep her mother and herself safe at all costs - even if it means using becoming more android than human.

This was a truly unique and fantastically imagined science fiction novel. I didn't think I would be able to connect with a main character who was a robot - but I instantly liked Mila. She was full of pain over her father's death and she was dealing with so many typical teen problems - a new school, making friends, crushing on a guy, etc. When she found out the truth about herself, I was just as confused and crushed as she was.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Inky on March 14, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Mila 2.0 is a fascinating read. Elements of loss, sci-fi and teenage angst all combine to make a smash-hit that you are bound to love. I was enthralled by Mila's story. Mila isn't hard to connect with at all. She's feeling a sense of loss both emotionally and mentally. She literally can't remember parts of her past. Her voice is quite unique and I found myself really drawn into it. What a fabulous character!

Speaking of narrative voices..Debra's writing was awesome. She presents the story well, with intense scenes, emotional scenes, and that occasionally scene in the middle. Something I love about reading YA is connecting to the characters that are my age. Feeling and connecting with emotions that I have on a regular basis. In Mila, we've got the full palette of teenage emotion and it feels totally balanced. Brava Debra! It was very fun to read, with her wit and humor woven in. Gotta love that stuff.

A Hunter. What can I say. Gotta love a hunk who gets you. The romance was pretty awesome. And they totally have some chemistry right from the start. I will say that it was kinda predictable. But it's still adorable nontheless. So, all in all. Love it. Great combo of expression and writing. Emotions abound and there's quite a bit of action. Thumbs up!

Content: Mild (Some mile instances of language)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ashley Loves Books on March 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is one action-packed, non-stop book. I swear every other page felt like we were on the run from something, or hiding, or fighting - and the pages that weren't were filled with the delicious tension of waiting for it to happen because you knew it was inevitable. The beginning does start out a little slow, but power through guys! Trust me that it will pick up, because we have to see the human side to Mila to understand just how difficult it is for her to come to terms that she's actually not one. And even though I do say it's 80% action and movement to 20% romance, the best part is how balanced this entire novel felt. Sure, you're speeding at a million miles a second, but I never felt rushed. I never felt like we were missing important details, and what was given to us is perfect.

I really loved all of Mila's Android capabilities, too - they're so much fun! I loved how she discovered or was told each one, and the part they all played. It was so creative, and her flaw of emotions were brilliant to see. There is one part that I'm not going to spoil, but let's just say we get to see what she's supposed to be versus how she's "too human," and it is fantastic. Such a great additional element to this story.

There's really not much else I can say about Mila 2.0, except this is an amazing debut from an equally amazing writer. You're immediately drawn in, and even though it is a hefty word count (almost 500 pages!), you won't even notice it. You fly through the pages because there's a certain ease to Debra's writing that just connects to you. Seriously, reading this is like watching a movie! There are so many fantastic scenes that have a great tension or emotion or feeling to it, and I can't recommend it enough.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. April Holgate on March 16, 2014
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First off, look at that cover art!!! Amazing!! Talk about serious shelf appeal!! Does the story match the cover?

Really great YA Sci-Fi read. I am not always into android/robot books, but this one was fantastic. I really liked that ever though it was a Sci-Fi it did not get too technical. It was always easy to follow from beginning to end. It felt fresh to me, but that could be because I do not read a lot of this genre.

The whole book is from Mila's POV, which is interesting because she is actually an Android.(not a spoiler, it's in the blurb) This makes her thought process stilted and less emotional at times. Not full on analytical, but not as emotional as an average sixteen year old girl. She is discovering the world around her and evolving into those feelings. She has the emotions but is only just getting to understand them.

The supporting characters are interesting and engaging. When she is in the small town making friends with mean girls, crushing on a boy and trying to connect with her mom. Then there are a few other locations with a whole other set of characters. The bad guys are bad but have levels of redemption. It is always tough getting real villains in a YA book.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Tara Sands, who is always a great listen. She has a great rasp to her voice that adds to the overall feel of the read. She is terrific at adding energy to the action scenes and creating emotion in those big moments. She has a really swift pace to her read, which I thoroughly enjoy. Her narration is always dynamic and engaging, no matter what she is reading!

Overall, this was an intriguing read, it has the Sci-Fi elements mixed into a young and hip YA story.
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