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MILA 2.0 - Debra Driza Short and Sweet:I enjoyed this book quite a bit, however the first and second halves of the book felt a little disjointed. Still plenty to enjoy in Mila 2.0, but it's a bumpy ride at times.To Elaborate....Mila's story starts off pretty slow. She is adjusting to a new town after the recent death of her father; an incident she can't quite remember. Mila lives with her mother, Nicole, who behaves cold and distant one moment and warm and affectionate the next. You get the general idea that Mila is pretty disconnected from this new life and doesn't really have anyone she can truly trust or rely on.As a result, Mila is a little fragile and isolated in the first half of the story. She is frustrated with her inability to remember the events leading up to the death of her father, and she feels like the 'outsider' and/or 'freak' in her small circle of new friends. Enter Hunter, the cute, mysterious new guy to town. Mila's best friend Kaylee, previously sweet and supportive, lays 'claim' to him and proceeds to lose her mind over a guy in a seriously unrealistic way. During one such fight over this converse wearing, quiet guy, Kaylee first forces Mila to ride in the back of her truck, then drives like a maniac causing Mila to have a terrifying accident that leads to an unbelievable discovery: underneath her broken skin are wires, not blood. Mila is then filled in on all of the details about her physical 'differences' by Nicole, and almost immediately the 'bad guys' show up and Mila and Nicole are on the run. From this point on in the story Mila wrestles with questions about her own humanity, and struggles to accept who she is and where she fits. All while continually surprising herself with her abilities and impulses and completely destroying anyone who tries to stop her. Mila 2.0 raises questions about what 'humanity' means as it applies to our view of 'others' as well as ourselves. While not perfectly executed, this is still a solid YA debut. I will definitely be picking up the sequel when it comes out. (Originally published @ http://iheartyafiction.blogspot.com/)