PJV Quickie: Suckered again by a pretty cover, Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza was another one of those Young Adult Science Fiction novels that forgot what it means to be a science fiction novel: fictional but plausible content set in a future world.

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Young Adult Science Fiction,
Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza.

Title: Mila 2.0
Author: Debra Driza
Series: Mila 2.0
Type: Young Adult Science Fiction
Publication: March 12th 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Review: I will say right off the bat that it usually takes a lot of WOW to get me to like a Young Adult Science Fiction novel.  This is mainly the result of the lack of exposition and research in most YA SciFis. It is as if the authors get a “pass” because they are writing within the Young Adult umbrella. You don’t have to make your science believable, it’s for teenagers.

Mila 2.0 was one of those novels. The back-story of the novel didn’t make sense and neither did the character reactions as the action unfolded. While reading this novel I was constantly in a state of WTF if I wasn’t bored or rolling my eyes.

This is such a shame because I was really looking forward to reading Mila 2.0, I thought that this would be the one to break the mold of the usual YA SciFi cliches of pandering to a supposed uncaring and uneducated reader that was just looking to be entertained. But, unfortunately it was not. The book was boring and didn’t make sense through most of the plot points. Mila was an unlikable character, she spent most of the novel in a state of shock, upset not over the fact that there was a covert agency chasing her down, but the fact that she would miss a guy she had ONE DATE with, a boy that she only liked because he showed interest in her. You spend the whole time within her head in this choppy inner monologue of constant OMGs. Not to mention as the whole plot unfolded, killer-bot training and everything it was always this silly spotlight back on the boy – almost as if the author wants to force you to NOT FORGET HUNTER. I swear, how much she focused on him, I figured he would pop up later in the novel as a bot himself and then they would go have an HEA and make little bot babies. Who was I kidding?

I could probably go on and on about different parts of the novel, but here is a list of what I thought didn’t make sense. I’m not going to go too deep into the novel because I don’t want to give spoilers.

  1. Her best friend literally tries to kill her because the boy she likes is taking an interest in Mila and not her. Both the friend and the boy see Mila’s arm, wires poking out and are like, “okay.” Hunter swallows the prosthesis line without any complaint. Mila blowing off her friends attempted murder with little more then a thought. Mila cares more about the fact that Hunter is interested in her then the fact that she is an android masquerading as a human, or the fact that her best-friend is a douche and tried to kill her.
  2. The “mom” is hiding from a top-secret branch of the CIA. So she enrolls the android into high school. Makes about as much sense as sparkly vampires doing it to blend in better.
  3. The mom is hiding from a top-secret branch of the CIA but she gives the girl the name MILA – which is the acronymn that group uses to designate the androids. Stating over mom, we couldn’t have gone with maybe even Mia? Nice blending.
  4. The accident happens in which Mila realizes she is an android and suddenly the top secret group swoops in to recapture. Coincidental timing.
  5. This top secret agency holds the mom hostage to get the android to work with the group again. SHE’S A ROBOT! Can’t you reformat the hard drive???

Again I find my opinion differing from the hype. Did I expect to much from this novel? Should I just stop reading Young Adult Science Fiction? I really want to find a great YA SciFi book though!!! Mila 2.0 should have been great, but I just couldn’t look past the obvious inconsistencies in plot. It has to make sense to me. Mila 2.0 did not make sense to me. Combine that with a choppy writing style in which the author used computer commands that substituted for descriptions and a so-so main character I placed this one firmly on the DNF pile about two-thirds in, sorry Mila 2.0 you are on the scrap pile.

Other Young Adult Science Fiction novels you might enjoy:

  1. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
  2. Mind Games by Kiersten White


5 Stars

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