Mila 2.0
Mila 2.0

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Series: MILA 2.0 Vol. 1   

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Annotation: Sixteen-year-old Mila discovers she is not who, or what, she thought she was, which causes her to run from both the CIA and a rogue intelligence group.
Catalog Number: #91756
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2013
Edition Date: 2014
Pages: 470 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-06-209037-2 Perma-Bound: 0-605-84690-1
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-06-209037-9 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-84690-6
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2012005248
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
In Driza's action-packed sequel to MILA 2.0, teenage android Mila is on the run and still trying to figure out who, what, and why she is. One thing that she does know, however, is that no matter how hard she fights it, her feelings for Hunter seem as real as ever. But does she really know Hunter enough to trust him with her cybernetic secrets? While this sequel is a bit lengthy, there are enough plot twists to keep readers guessing until the end. The pacing will appeal to those who were patient enough to get through other long sequels, such as Stephenie Meyers' New Moon (2006).
Horn Book
Mila discovers she's an android, stolen from a military lab. She must rely on her spying and fighting programming when she's captured and forced into testing alongside other MILA (Mobile Intel Lifelike Android) prototypes. Though some premises (the government programmed her with emotions and memories?) are implausible, readers likely won't mind; there's plenty of action and suspense, and even a little romance.
Kirkus Reviews
Driza (Mila 2.0, 2013) delivers the second volume of a trilogy focused on a seemingly ordinary teen girl who is really an android on the run. This installment opens with Mila taking refuge in the arms of adorable Hunter on the sunny shores of Virginia Beach. But with so many enemies in pursuit, she can't afford to relax for long. Mila convinces unsuspecting Hunter to help her find her biological father, and the two set out on a hair-raising adventure that leads them from clue to clue until they finally find the man who can inform her of her rather creepy human origins. All the while, they struggle to stay in front of the organizations hunting her down. Overwhelmed by negative emotions, including the pain of betrayal and rejection as well as constant fear and justifiable rage, Mila initially jumps at the chance to get rid of her human emotions in an "upgrade," but can she live with the results? Her narration is punctuated by feedback from her robotic components, always rendered in a recognizably space-age–y sans-serif typeface. Fans will enjoy learning the secrets of Mila's past and root for her as she struggles to understand herself and to shape her future. Plenty of sci-fi action, a sweet but struggling romance, and a cliffhanger ending will have readers clamoring for Volume 3. (Science fiction. 12 & up)
Publishers Weekly
Set in 1665, Calkins-s debut brings London on the eve of the Great Plague to vivid life. Lucy Campion, a chambermaid, is fortunate to be employed by a benevolent magistrate named Hargrave, who-s eager to help her better herself. The discovery in a nearby field of a near-naked woman who has been stabbed to death piques Lucy-s interest. Hargrave links this crime to another murder. Following the killing of a fellow female servant, Lucy turns detective. She only intensifies her sleuthing efforts after her brother, William, who knew one of the dead women, is charged with the servant-s murder. When members of her household begin showing signs of having been infected with the Black Death, Lucy must deal with other life-and-death matters. The solution isn-t quite at the same level as the other aspects of the plot, but the high-quality writing augurs well for future outings. Agent: David Hale Smith, DHS Literary. (Apr.)

School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up&12; 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.&12; Heather M. Campbell, formerly at Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, CO
Voice of Youth Advocates
Alone and distraught, Mila is on the run from two organizations, one that has plans to use her as a weapon and another whose motives are mysterious. Hard-nosed General Holland is at Mila's heels, and the mysterious Vita Obscura lurks around every corner. In order to discover who she really is, Mila needs timeand time is running out. The only person she can count on is Hunter, but can she trust him with her darkest secret? In this second installment, Mila's character becomes more human as she deals with the pressure of life on the run andástruggles witháher feelings for Hunter. Milaáfaces issues most individualsáconfront at one time or another: insecurity, low self-esteem, paranoia, and the fear of social rejection. However, emotions for Mila are a choice, and when she chooses to shut them down,áshe morphs from android with a moral compass to a killing machine with warp speed.While characters can occasionally be somewhat stereotypical, like the ruthless General Holland, hardened by the military, and Quinn Taylor, a womanáconsumedáwith the desire for revenge, Mila's character continues to evolve, and her paranoia maintains constant tension in the story. Driza's skill at creating nail-biting action is impressive, and readers will agree that the suspense and intrigue in these pages rival anyáthriller on the silver screen.áThose who enjoy works like Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Macmillan, 2012/VOYA December 2011) and This Side of Paradise by Steven L. Layne (Pelican, 2002/VOYA February 2002) will enjoy this AI-meets-espionage series that amps up the pressure until it threatens to explode.Erin Forson.
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Word Count: 97,628
Reading Level: 5.5
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.5 / points: 15.0 / quiz: 161818 / grade: Middle Grades+
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.7 / points:23.0 / quiz:Q66236
Lexile: HL780L

Debra Driza's MILA 2.0 is the first book in a gripping Bourne Identity–style trilogy about a girl who discovers she is actually an android.

Mila was never supposed to remember her past, or know what lurked beneath her synthetic skin. She was never meant to learn that she was "born" in a secret computer science lab and programmed with superhuman skills. But when a group of hooded men show up on her doorstep, hoping to strip her of her advanced technology, she has no choice but to run for her life. In every direction there are dangerous people, hunting her down. They will do whatever it takes to capture Mila, including hurting the people she cares about most.

Filled with secrets, action, and even romance, MILA 2.0 is perfect for readers who love sci-fi thrillers like the Partials series and I Am Number Four.

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