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.
MILA 2.0 was such an exciting read and conceptually, it was brilliant. The premise is that MILA is a android made to mimic human behavior, created for the purpose of covert operations. She was, however, stolen by her creator who wanted a better life for her, since she recognized the spark of humanity in this android. At the start of the story, you see MILA heartbroken over the loss of her father, an incident that occurred a month ago. At a new school in the middle of nowhere, she is trying to adjust to a normal life, with no idea that all her memories are a lie. She starts falling for the new guy in school, Hunter, and while she gets to know him, an accident reveals the nature of her body. When she learns the truth, she at first rejects her non-humanness, and is desperate to find some hint that she is still human. Most of the story, in fact, revolves around her battling her android self and balancing it with her human self.
She is however, also being hunted down by the military, who were the ones who created her, and when they get her back, they look for every reason to terminate her. She is trapped between hiding her human emotions and not giving in to her logical android side. It was quite interesting, how, even when she is programmed to be logical and reasonable, she displays a lot of humanity. She can injure, torture or kill but she chooses not to. It was an interesting study of how your memories define you, even shape what kind of person you become.
The writing depicts action and emotions quite well, transposing the scene quite vividly onto the reader’s mind. The flow is fast-paced, since it is a high-stakes book, but it also stalls at the tender moments. Overall, I loved this book and hope for a really good sequel.