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Book Review: MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza

I loved parts of MILA 2.0 and other parts just couldn’t hold my attention – which is surprising considering a ton of this story involves high-stakes action. I can’t decide whether it was just my mood or if MILA 2.0 just wasn’t quite for me.

Book Review: MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza

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MILA 2.0 by debra driza

Title & Author: Prophecy by Debra Driza

Genre: YA – Science Fiction, Futuristic

Release Date: March 12, 2013

Series: MILA 2.0 #1

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

How I Got the Book: ARC via the Publisher


“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 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 from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology. However, what Mila’s becoming is beyond anyone’s imagination, including her own, and it just might save her life.

Mila 2.0 is Debra Driza’s bold debut and the first book in a Bourne Identity–style trilogy that combines heart-pounding action with a riveting exploration of what it really means to be human. Fans of I Am Number Four will love Mila for who she is and what she longs to be—and a cliffhanger ending will leave them breathlessly awaiting the sequel.”

Works Like a Machine

I don’t even know who I am anymore. Here it is 2013, and I’m reading science fiction like it’s going out of style. Not to mention that MILA 2.0 is the second book I’ve read about young women who aren’t exactly what they appear to be. (Cinder & Scarlet, I’m looking at you.)

MILA 2.0 definitely hooked me right from the start. Mila just moved to a small, rural town with her mom. She’s reeling from the death of her dad, which is the reason they moved in the first place. After making a few friends and meeting a new boy at school, the pace of small-town life starts to get a little faster than Mila expected.

The thing about MILA 2.0 is that there’s a ton of physical and emotional action. The way Mila finds out who she really is is devastating and told very realistically. I really believed Mila’s pain and betrayal.

The physical action part involves running from suspicious attackers, engaging in military-grade training and trying to stay alive. (No big).

The problem, though, was my lack of ability to stay interested in MILA 2.0. I think there were a few factors involved. 1. Reading the book in short spurts, which left me without a “reading rhythm” so to speak.

2. There was maybe too much action that it sort of had me glazing over. There was definitely dialogue, but action is very predominant in MILA 2.0.

I think this book would do very well as a TV show, which is convenient because that’s exactly what’s happening! ABC is adapting the book into a TV series.


MILA 2.0 just wasn’t for me. I’m not sure I was in right frame of mind or in the mood for tons of action and suspense. Isn’t it weird how reading a book at a certain time or period of life can affect your perception of it so much?! I definitely recommend that you give MILA 2.0 a try – especially if you want something that’s like Jason Bourne meets Alias.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.