Monday, March 4, 2013

Origins: The Fire (Mila 0.5) ~ Debra Driza review

Origins: The Fire (Mila 2.0 #0.5)
Katherine Tegen Books
January 8, 2013
15 pages (ebook)
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 It seems like a lot of novels are now having prequels - some even published after the novel itself. Some, however, are better than others.

Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza is out next week (my review is shortly forthcoming) but the prequel, Origins: The Fire came out as an ebook in January. The available synopsis for this is based more on where Mila 2.0 picks up after Origins, really and what the short story is about is actually all in the title -- the 'origins' of where we we start the novel and the fire that gets us there.

It's a great introduction to several things: Mila, the science fiction that's in -- but not front and center --her life, and Driza's writing. It's a fast paced short story that very much draws the reader in, leaving them wanting more.

Thankfully there is more, in the form of an excerpt (and not a stingy one, either) of Mila 2.0.

Origins: The Fire isn't something that needs to be read to pick up Mila 2.0 when it's released on the 12th but readers who have read it will feel like they've been let in on a little secret. Maybe even one Mila herself isn't in on. This is a time when I was glad I (pre-)ordered the ebook prequel . . . even if I already had the earc (ooops).

synopses for both Origins: The Fire and Mila 2.0 under the jump






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?



Mila 2.0 is the first book in an electrifying sci-fi thriller series about a teenage girl who discovers that she is an experiment in artificial intelligence.

Mila was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was a girl living with her mother in a small Minnesota town. She was supposed to forget her past —that she was built in a secret computer science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do.

Now she has no choice but to run—from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology. However, what Mila’s becoming is beyond anyone’s imagination, including her own, and it just might save her life.

Mila 2.0 is Debra Driza’s bold debut and the first book in a Bourne Identity–style trilogy that combines heart-pounding action with a riveting exploration of what it really means to be human. Fans of I Am Number Four will love Mila for who she is and what she longs to be—and a cliffhanger ending will leave them breathlessly awaiting the sequel.

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