Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza (Mila 2.0 #1) – Audiobook Review

July 17, 2013 Review 6 ★★★

Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza (Mila 2.0 #1) – Audiobook ReviewRelease Date: March 12, 2013
Title: Mila 2.0
Series: Mila 2.0 #1
Author: Debra Driza
Narrated by: Tara Sands
Length: 11h 44m 3s
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Audible
Available: Barnes and Noble | Kobo | iBookstore | The Book Depository | Powell's
From the Publisher: Mila was living with her mother in a small Minnesota town when she discovered she was also living a lie.

She was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was never supposed to remember the past—that she was built in a 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.

Evading her enemies won't help Mila escape the cruel reality of what she is and cope with everything she has had to leave behind. 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 2.0 is Debra Driza's bold debut and the first book in an action-filled, Bourne Identity–style trilogy.

3 Stars

Have you ever listened to an audiobook that you thought would never end?

This was one of those.

And to tell you the truth, I don’t typically read publisher blurbs. I look at the covers and I do a quick skim of genre to see if it falls into what I typically read – but I like going into books blind. Publisher blurbs often unintentionally give spoilers and I hate spoilers. So I went into this book thinking it was a stand alone novel. The cover doesn’t indicate it’s the first book of a series. And when I purchased it from Audible, it didn’t have that tale tell #1 in the title indicating that there are more to come.

I kept waiting for things to begin to wrap up – but they never did. 12 hours of listening and it ends with a cliff-hanger. And I finally figure out it’s a series.

12 hours that should have been 8 or less. Had I actually been reading the book, I’m not sure I would have made it through. Excessive (and meaningless) inner monologues made up quite a lot of the story. And to tell you the truth – I just couldn’t quite suspend my disbelief long enough to stay invested in the story. My mind kept popping out of it say Please! or Yeah right, like that would actually happen.

Mila’s character is just so… unrealistic. The dichotomy of her very essence just didn’t work for me. Part android and part human? An android who actually believed she was human? And then who struggled to reconcile what she believed herself to be with the logic of what she was faced with? It didn’t work for me. She was too human. She just happened to have machine parts. I’m pretty sure that’s what the author was going for, but in the context of the story it didn’t work. It felt forced and out of place.

One character introduced early on – with substantial time spent developing his character and a potential relationship with Mila – was virtually non-existent in the rest of the book, except in Mila’s thoughts. It wasn’t until the end, when I realized he was to be used to set up the sequel that I realized what he was there for. But it was distracting. I kept asking myself what was the point of Hunter?

Overall, the book was ridiculously long. It could easily have lost 150+ pages without harming the central focus of the story and that probably would have tightened up Mila’s character enough that I might have identified with her a little more. As it stands, I don’t know if I’ll continue with the series or not. It just depends on whether or not there’s something else I’d rather read that day.

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6 Responses to “Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza (Mila 2.0 #1) – Audiobook Review”

    • Mandi Kaye

      I still haven’t read that book. I’m not sure I will either. But I don’t want to watch the movie without reading the book! Such a terrible conundrum.

  1. Alise

    Boy am I glad I didn’t listen to the audio version then aha. Mila was so frustrating, and that other guy from the beginning-where did he go??? Seriously. Thanks for linking up our review! 🙂

  2. Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader

    Yikes! I’m sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy this one 🙁 I actually have a copy sitting on my TBR bookshelf as we speak but now I’m more than a little reluctant to read it. While I did know that it was the first book in a series, some of the issues you’ve raised in this review make me a little hesitant to read it.

  3. Celine

    I do the same thing, going into books blind! Blurbs are often misleading, or contain spoilers like you said. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

    But yeah, Mila is such an unrealistic character, and the whole plot doesn’t make any sense. Gee, let’s build an android that doesn’t know that it’s an android. Let’s give her some hormones so she’s constantly all over the place. And I don’t know what’s up with Hunter, that ending was just stupid.

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