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I Belong

Review: MILA 2.0: Renegade by Debra Driza

Mila 2.0 RenegadeTitleMILA 2.0: Renegade

Author: Debra Driza

GenreYA Science Fiction

SeriesMILA 2.0 (Book #2)

Publication Date: May 13, 2014

Format: Hardcover, 448 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062090399 (HarperTeen)

ISBN-13: 978-0062090393 (HarperTeen)

Reviewed by: Kaitlin


This suspenseful, heart-wrenching follow-up to Debra Driza’s MILA 2.0 will leave readers racing to turn the last page.

Mila is back on the run—this time with potential boyfriend Hunter by her side. As they search for a man who might know more about her mysterious past, Mila must rely on her android abilities to protect them from the people who want her dead. But embracing her identity as a machine leads her to question the state of her humanity, as well as Hunter’s true intentions.

Fans of books filled with mystery and intrigue, like The Bourne Identity and I Am Number Four, will find everything they’re looking for in this exciting series, including several unexpected surprises.

Quick & Dirty: The action, suspense, and thrill of book number one continues in a fantastic continuation of the Mila 2.0 series.

Opening Sentence: If I could record real-life moments in my head like a DVR, this afternoon would top the list as one of the most replayed.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Note: since this is a review for a sequel, the first paragraph and possibly the others will contain minor or even major spoilers! In Mila 2.0, Mila learns she is a cyborg, loses her mother, and set off on the run with Hunter, a boy she’s hardly known but has a connection with. She goes off on the only lead she has, a name. In this story, all the action and excitement of the first book continues with some major plot twists and startling revelations.

I enjoyed watching Mila start to embrace her android-ness. True, she is learning also the meaning of being a human, of having emotions, but by the end of the book she has become more comfortable in her own skin. The development was large, and Mila was a great character with all the fight and spunk of Katniss or Tris. She learns herself and who to trust. I loved her in Mila 2.0, but in Mila 2.0 Renegade I enjoyed her character even more. However, I can’t say the same for her main love interest: Hunter. In book number one we realize that Lucas is also a contender but it’s clear where Mila’s true feelings are, at least in the first two novels. At the beginning of this book, I didn’t trust Hunter. After all, why would he travel across the country to help some girl he barely knows? Their relationship felt false, as did Hunter’s motivations, and by the end of the book he hadn’t changed much at all.

Lucas, on the other hand, is a whole different story. He starts out on the enemy side. He gradually sees the human in Mila. He makes risks and sacrifices but she still isn’t accepting him as anything more than a friend, but I can say she starts to feel butterflies and the like by the end of this one. If this is meant to be a love triangle than so far it is leaning in Hunter’s favor. The one thing lacking in both relationships is the humor aspect, which I was let down by slightly.

I can’t argue with Mila’s awesome android functions or the many action-packed scenes. Not only does she have to fight in her romance but she has to fight to stay alive and discover her orgins. Every few chapters we’d have a good ‘ole fight scene or a deep heart to heart between characters, and as her character grew so did my interest in the story. At the end of the day, she actually finds out a lot, even if the amount of information dumped on us was a little daunting a few times. After processing I got it. The plot is engaging but complicated, but not to the point I didn’t eventually understand.

Altogether, this novel lived up to my high expectations after Mila 2.0. I was pleased with the characters, the mystery aspect, but the only thing I wasn’t so excited about was the romance. The author did an amazing job of nitpicking all the science parts so we could understand and so the plot was reasonable and realistic. Mila is a fantastic heroine and I loved watching her grow. I would, again, like to see more of Lucas in book 3, and there are also still a few plot holes waiting to be patched up. Though I was very interested in the plotline, somehow I didn’t connect as thoroughly as I did with my other favorites, so that’s why it got four stars as opposed to five. If you loved Cinder by Marissa Meyer than you will be crazy for Mila 2.0! She isn’t a cyborg, but she’s an android. So close enough, right? Hopefully you pick up the first and second at your closest bookstore or library soon, as I’m positive you will not regret it.

Notable Scene:

“So, heres what’s going to happen,” Quinn continued, ignoring him completely. “Mila is going to execute the prisoners, as a little demonstration of my success. Of course, you can keep that from happening at any time by giving me access to the intel accounts.”

The MILA 2.0 Series:

0.5 MILA 2.0: The Fire

1. MILA 2.0

2. MILA 2.0: Renegade


FTC Advisory: Katherine Tegen Books/Harper Collins provided me with a copy of MILA 2.0: Renegade. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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