Series: Mila 2.0, #0.5
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: January 8, 2013
Heart-stopping and electric, MILA 2.0: Origins: The Fire contains a short prequel story and an excerpt to MILA 2.0, the first book in a riveting Bourne Identity–style trilogy by Debra Driza.
Mila can't remember anything before the fire that took her father's life. It's normal to have some memory loss after traumatic events, but Mila doesn't remember if she's ever learned to ride a bike, or if she's ever been in love. Nothing.
What she doesn't know is that she isn't supposed to remember—that she was built in a computer science lab and programmed to forget. Because if she remembers, she might discover her true identity.
The question is: If she relived the fire, what would she see?
When I started this one, I was expecting a novella that would give me enough of a hint on whether or not I'd like Mila 2.0. I was expecting it to be close to eighty pages - turns out that it was fifteen (including excerpts, which I didn't read), and it literally only includes one event. The entire novella was based around a fire.
Mila wakes up. Fire. Runs outside. Runs back in to find her parents, passes out and it ends. So, I'm not sure about this series, in the long run. I thought the writing was pretty good, but it was all over way too quickly. I'd have loved to have learned more about Mila, or even to get a hint of what she was like, but nada.
It was very action packed, but that just wasn't enough for me. All in all, this was an interesting prequel - but it was over way too quickly, and I honestly kind of rolled my eyes at it.