I came to it expecting a great thriller, but went away having read an exciting book which also raises some very big questions that we should all think about. What makes us human? How do we know we're not all androids? It's actually surprisingly thought-provoking! In terms of the plot, it's pretty slow to begin with, but it's worth sticking with it, as it gets very exciting as the story nears its climax.
There are some nice details too, like her dad's shirt and the dreams Mila begins to have. I think they really make the story come alive in the reader's head.
Don't be put off by the cover. It may look like typical teen fiction, but it's really not I very highly recommend this book, especially if you're into sci-fi, dystopian worlds and cyborg stories. The only book I can think of that's comparable is Cinder, but in my opinion this is much better! It's probably better suited to girls, but I think many boys might also like to give it a try.
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It's very exciting - I've already read it twice, so it's set to become very well-thumbed! Want to tell the world about a book you've read? However, what she's becoming is beyond anyone's imagination, including her own, and that just might save her life. A compulsively readable sci-fi thriller, Mila 2. Review quote "MILA 2. I promise you that MILA 2. Rating details.
Our customer reviews MILA 2. Ultimately, however, it misses the kind of spark that will have me coming back for more. So it's no big secret that I love science fiction.
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Though the setting was not as futuristic or advanced as I may have thought before reading it-in fact, I think the setting is actually more present day than anything-having an android as a main character was a refreshing change of pace. I loved the integration of Mila's android aspects into the novel-the descriptions of her defense systems, information processing, etc. It's exactly the kind of science fiction element I like, and it was quite well developed. In fact, Mila was quite an interesting character. Thinking she was a regular human until painfully confronted with the truth of her identity is really intriguing to read about.
It's quite endearing how you see her try to cling to the things that make her human, that define her humanity, while being terrified at evidence of her mechanical aspects. However, this battle to retain her humanity could have delved deeper and was a bit pre-empted due to the constantly moving action.
Most of the novel consists of Mila being on the run from her creators and another mysterious organization while she gradually comes to terms with who she is, and later fighting desperately to protect her mom. The plot is filled with action and it's hard to find a stopping point to read when you're swept up in the compulsively readable story. What I did find a bit baffling, though, is that Driza tried to put a romantic element into this story that came off a bit as instalove.
Mila gets to know a boy over three or four days I believe and is head over heels for him, and does not fail to remind you of that at any point in the story. The build up to their relationship was so nonexistant rushed because there was so much action that had to be fit in the novel, but the result is that I don't buy the romance, and it doesn't have my heart pounding. In my opinion, in this case, I could have done without romance. Personally, when I reached the conclusion, there was a reluctant feeling of, "What did I just read?
You've gone through a whole story and while you know there was a plot and it did engage you to a certain extent, there's a kind of feeling of pointlessness when you reach the end. What did we do that for? To me, this is the negative side effect of this trilogy plague in the young adult genre.
The story is so unfinished that it's just frustrating. It's not that it ends on a cliffhanger-we thankfully avoided that, so props-but it's that you know there's more to the story and you really only scratched the surface here. And it may not have been enough to convince readers to hang on for another year to see where the sequel takes the story. Summing Up MILA 2. If that's what you're looking for, you're good.
But ultimately, there were some missed opportunities to make this a truly memorable novel, though there's still room for that to develop in the sequel. Will I continue on with the series? I'm leaning a bit to a no. Recommended To Fans of action heavy science fiction, such as I am Number Four. Trying to collect my thoughts here, but it's so so hard. I'm so glad that I read this book and was introduced to this character! Debra Driza does a great job of stepping away from the trendy YA plots we're seeing nowadays where there's tons of girl-meets-guy focus and instead recognizes Mila as an independent, strong, but vulnerable character who can tell her own story without relying on a guy to help her through it every step of the way.
Her questioning and self-doubt felt so organic, meaningful, and not overly done.
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She wasn't constantly at odds with herself, and she stood by her commitments and her morals. Debra Driza knew how to balance reflective moments with action-centered, heart-pounding chases.
I loved that Mila could be angry at her mom for lying to her about Mila being an android, but when push came to shove, Mila stood by her mother anyways because she had been the only person to recognize Mila's humanity and care for her, almost like a real mother. She was Mila's lifeline to humanity and her reason to keep pushing through, which I loved.
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My favourite parts of the book are the action scenes. They are so cinematic and just perfect. I never felt myself questioning the authenticity or the need for the action. It was seamless with the rest of the book, incredibly visual, and adrenaline-fueled. I flew through this book because of how fast-paced it was and how exhilarated I felt while reading it, and at the same time I felt so connected to Mila. I didn't get annoyed with any of her sulking because it was so realistic and exactly what any of us would have done in her situation. I know some people have been complaining about the insta-love connection, but to me it made sense!
She was new to a small-town and couldn't connect with anyone else. Suddenly she finds out that her mother has been lying to her about her origins, and the only person that has accepted her is the new guy. There wasn't any crazy over the top romance, just a boy and a girl who liked each other and were willing to see where it went from there.
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There wasn't some paramount destiny tying them together, there wasn't some secret that either one was trying to figure out about the other, the guy wasn't described as over the top handsome and mysterious, it was just a normal crush, and I loved every minute of it. The flow of the book worked really well for me. The first part establishes Mila's humanity, the second part kind of rips it away, and the third part is her trying to piece her identity together. This book is purely amazing, I loved every minute of it, and I would recommend it to anyone!
Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins Publishers and Edelweiss. But things are about to get even crazier when Mila discovers that she's not human, and her memories, including those of her father are all fake. Mila is actually 'Mobile Intel Lifelike Android' and her life is not her own.