Title: Mila 2.0 — Renegade
Author: Debra Driza
Format/Length: Paperback/438 pages
Publisher/Date Published: May 13th 2014/Harper Collins
Category/Genre: Young Adult/Science-Fiction
Source: Library — clearly I have the best library ever
Description: 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.
2/5 stars —
Even if I don’t like the first book in the series, there is a high chance that I’m going to read the sequel . . . Which, to some, might to strange; however, I believe that sometimes a sequel can be better than the first (eg. I thought that the second Mara Dyer book was much better than the first, and I’m now really excited for Retribution) but, unfortunately, this was not the case with Mila 2.0 — Renegade.
Oddly, though, I’m not disappointed.
I’m going start off with something positive: the covers of these books are amazing!
Buuuut, really, that’s the best thing I can say about this series so far. The covers, were, actually, the thing that made me want to read the books in the first place, but its insides couldn’t live up to the covers. The storyline is promising . . . but its execution fell awfully flat. And for me, that was because of several reasons; some of which I’ll go through below. My first issue, though, is in regards to the romance aspect of the story. Romance is either a make it or break it aspect for me.
“With his low-strung board shorts and his wet hair glistening in waves around his neck, he looked like a beach bum. My gaze skimmed his bare chest and I swallowed. Make that god. Beach god.” (Pg. 6)
These lines in books actually make me cringe. I mean, as a seventeen-year-old teenager, I have never looked at a guy at the beach, and thought, “Wow. He’s so god-like.” The relationship between Mila and Hunter was something, I thought, that was awfully rushed, to get to that “Oh, I’m so in love with him!” point — but when authors rush to that point . . . Well, then, it becomes unrealistic.
“In my defence — I didn’t know him at that well … [Omitted because of minor spoilers] Yet from the moment I’d met him, something about him called to me. Maybe because we were both loners. Maybe that was what formed the basis for our instant connection.” (Pg. 3)
One my pet peeves with romance: this whole “instant connection” things. It’s not exactly what you’d call instalove, but it’s frustrating enough for me to think that he author has painted the romantic aspect of the story in an unrealistic light. And besides, how can people be drawn together by their loner-ness? I didn’t understand — or feel — Hunter’s “deep connection” that was suggested in the novel.
For the most part . . . this was boring.
I felt myself wanting to skim through it to get to the action scenes. By the time I’d gotten to the last chapter I was even slightly glad that it was done, so I could just move onto the novel book. However, in saying that, so at this series has been decently written, with an interesting, albeit pale, storyline that lacks any real characterisation.
These are not bad books, though. Perhaps they’re just not for me.