Mila 2.0 is a YA science fiction novel by Debra Driza that tells the story of Mila, a girl living with her mom in a small town in Minnesota. Mila can’t remember her past, but soon discovers her true identity. She’s a weapon, and several people want to control her. As she runs from enemies, she begins to remember her past and fights the fear that when she learns who she really was that she will lose the humanity she loves.
Mila 2.0 is a great combination of several genres. The book feels like a spy thriller, but has enough military Sci-Fi to excite those that like that science fiction sub-genre. The best part is that Driza does a nice job balancing the emotions wrapped in a teenage girl dealing her lost identity and the boys she’s attracted to, while writing great action scenes that are reminiscent of Jason Bourne. The character development for Mila is well done, evidenced as she goes from a teen focused on remembering her previous life to grasping the horror of what she truly could become if she loses the humanity that keeps her from being an insensitive killer. There is also a love triangle, to satisfy the YA reader interested in romance, that doesn’t overwhelm the story or the pacing. Mila 2.0 is a nice break from the overloaded dystopian market, providing a plausible near future world without the usual abnormal class society in a destroyed world.
If you are looking for a good YA military/spy science fiction thriller, then this book is for you.
As a fan of fast paced books I gave Mila 2.0 5 out of 5 star ships.