Review: MILA 2.0: Renegade

MILA 2.0: Renegade
MILA 2.0: Renegade by Debra Driza
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There is no one left for Mila to trust. Except for a boy she barely knows.

But Hunter has no idea who—and what—Mila really is. She can’t bear to reveal her secret, even though he’s unwittingly joined her search for Richard Grady, a man who may know more details of Mila’s complicated past.

Yet the road to the truth is more dangerous than ever. With General Holland and the Vita Obscura scouring the earth for her whereabouts, Mila must rely on her newfound android abilities to protect herself and Hunter from imminent harm. Still, embracing her identity as a machine leads her to question the state of her humanity—as well as Hunter’s real motives.

Mila is on the run from the military and is on the search for the person her mother told her to look for. While searching for the fragments of her past, she can’t let go of the humanity within her, especially her feelings for Hunter, who readily accompanies her. She, however, hasn’t told him the truth about her existence, leading her to guilt every time he mentions how much he would be there for her and all. Acting human, she has to be careful about how much her android nature controls her. She still resents the android part of her but it is gaining acceptance with the realization that those parts are quite useful. While in the last book she was acquainted with the military division that created her, she now comes across Vita Obscura, the other agency that is hunting for her. The people she comes across cannot be trusted, and at times she can’t trust even the android in her.

For the subject matter, Renegade is quite a good book. It addresses Mila’s concerns about her nature, what the future would mean for her and it is refreshing to see how she clings onto the hope of a normal human existence. Despite lacking a complete human body, she definitely has a soul in her, a moral compass that is driven by her emotions and experiences, a fact which is proven towards the end of the story. The story, is fast-paced and interesting, a typical on-the-run, survival scenario but a lot of curve balls thrown in. She comes to revel in her android nature and also struggles with human emotions. The writing is vivid, like the first book, and it makes for a very engaging experience. I was impressed by the level of complexity thrown in and the motivations for the various characters constructed. It had a very shocking ending, which is sort of a cliffhanger and that really amps up the anxiety for the next one. On the romance front, I loved how Hunter is – all sweet and all but wouldn’t mind Lucas being added for a love triangle. Overall, a brilliantly written book!

Received an ARC from HarperCollins via Edelweiss

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