Sunday 3 February 2013

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Review: Mila 2.0: Origins: The Fire by Debra Driza

Mila 2.0: Origins: The Fire by Debra Driza - 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?
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This short story prequel to Mila 2.0 is exactly that - a short story. Not a novella, like I was expecting. But it's still an awesome short story! Mila 2.0: The Origins: The Fire covers the fire that, in Mila 2.0, Mila can't remember anything before. The fire her father dies in.

It's fast paced and exciting, throwing you right into the action from the very get go. There's no slow building up to it; one minute Mila is dreaming, the next she wakes up choking on smoke. Debra Driza has written the story in such detail that even though I have never been in a fire, I could feel everything. The thick, choking smoke, the incessant, blistering heat. In such a small amount of time, Driza sets up extreme drama and tension, and has you sitting on the edge of your seat before you've even realised you've moved.

With this short story, Driza shows she is an extremely skilled writer, but also gives us some insight into what to expect in the full length novel. Mila is extremely resourceful, and although panicked and scared, keeps a clear enough head to think. And with the ending, I am so intrigued to see where Mila 2.0 will follow.

This free (currently) short story comes with the first seven chapters of Mila 2.0, but I didn't read them as I get too interested, and then can't continue! But as it is, I am super excited to get my hands on this book once it's released! It's going to be awesome!

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Published: 8th January 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
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  1. Oh this sounds so good!! I love that she's able to draw you so deep into the story, that it feels REAL. Talented authors... my favourite :D I think I downloaded this, so I will definitely be checking it out, preferably before I read Mila 2.0 which I'm DYING to get my hands on!! Fantastic review, Jo, you've made me all the more excited!

    1. Thank you! Oh, it's such a fantastic short story! Though it is really short, It will take you ten minutes, if that. But it's SO good despite being so short! I loved it! Hope you do too!

  2. Thanks for sharing this. I have the ARC of MILA and you've got me excited to read it.

    1. Oh, I really hope you enjoy it! It sounds SO good and I'm really excited to read it myself! Can't wait, this short story has definitely whet my appetite! :)

  3. Ooooh, Jo, this sounds GOOD! I love it when you finish a short story feeling thrilled and... maybe not satisfied, but... excited? READY FOR MORE? And I love how you've described how she's described the fire and intensity and and... sounds awesome ♥

    1. It is awesome! I am so excited to read the novel! The short story is just brilliant! Really recommend it, especially as it's currently free! :)