Welcome to the Working for the Mandroid stop on Debra Driza's blog tour for Renegade, the second book in her action-packed sci-fi series Mila 2.0. We are so excited to be part of the tour, hosted by the Fantastic Flying Book Club, and to bring you a chance to win a copy of both books in the Mila 2.0 series. You can follow the entire tour over at their site. But first I had a chance to read the book and it was pretty awesome.
Mila 2.0: Renegade
Katherine Tegen Books
I received a copy of this book from the publisher as part of participating in this tour.
Releases May 13, 2014
YA / Sci-Fi / ROBOTS! (well, androids anyway)
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.
Perfect for fans of I Am Number Four and Divergent, this action-packed and heart-wrenching second installment of MILA 2.0 will leave readers breathlessly awaiting the series conclusion.
The world needs more badass robot ladies like Mila. Even after the trauma she suffered in her first outing, Mila 2.0: Renegade had our heroine running at full speed to figure out the mysteries set up in the first book in the series while dodging trouble from all sides. I can honestly say this was an exhilarating ride with several science fiction android tropes taken for a new spin.
SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST BOOK MILA 2.0
Mila 2.0 ended in emotional devastation as Mila had to watch her mother bleed out after shooting her only friend at the compound where she was created. Even with the small consolation of Hunter showing up at her call even with no reasonable explanation for why she was half way across the country, the end of the first book left me pondering all the conspiracies and mysteries behind Mila’s existence.
Renegade opens soon after the first book ends with Mila and Hunter in Virginia Beach as she attempts to figure out her next move without letting on to Hunter that she’s nothing like she seems. It doesn’t take long for the action to ramp up and once it does, it rarely slows down. With two different groups of creepy people hunting Mila down, her distrust towards the world continues to grow until she even doubts Hunter’s motives.
I liked that Richard Grady, one of the people she hunts down based on just a name spoken to her by her mother as she died, pointed out that not only did Mila have no clue the extent to her own abilities, but that she remained naïve and too trustworthy by bringing Hunter along without vetting him or telling him what was really going on. Even after she admits to herself that she can’t trust anyone, she continues to turn a blind eye to suspicious behavior whenever potential answers are involved.
New abilities are discovered when they are most convenient for storytelling purposes, but I felt the short cuts were earned by the addition of Mila’s fragmented memories of a past that was embedded in her by her mother and the following malfunctions that took place, leaving her often incapacitated at the most inopportune times. Renegade is full of excitement with hand-to-hand combat seemingly in every other chapter as her pursuers get to close. There is also a pretty epic motorcycle “chase” once Mila finally comes face to face with Three, the other Mila still in existence.
I think that was probably the only part of Renegade that I found a bit hard to buy – Hunter, a seemingly normal human boy, follows Mila everywhere even after watching her nearly choke a gas station worker to death. He buys her story of being on a search for her birth father even as the details of her story continuously change. I get teenage rebellion, but this entire endeavor was fishy from the beginning and it took quite a bit of hand-waving on my part to believe that Hunter would blindly follow this strange girl that attracts violence and just trusting her.
I can’t say I was particularly surprised by any of the “gotcha moments”. The big ones I had called early on, but the journey to get to the reveals was action packed, fast-paced and full of action sequences that were so well-written that the fight scenes played out like movies in my head. I was hoping that what I believe would be the final reveal in the end would turn out to be something completely out of left field and potentially crazy, but even with Driza going in the direction I expected, I really enjoyed the outcome and I will be eagerly anticipating the third book in the series.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for taking part in the tour. Opinions are all my own.
Thanks to the lovely Debra Driza, you have the opportunity to win (1) of (2) sets of both books in the MILA 2.0 series (Mila2.0 and Renegade) by Debra Driza (US ONLY). Enter below and good luck!
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