I started reading this book expecting a normal young adult, teen romance novel. I was in for a surprise when a third of the way through, I found myself reading a science fiction novel. Yes, it is directed towards teens, as Mila is a teenager in high school, but as I found out she is NOT a normal teenager. This teenager doesn’t bleed red, she bleeds a milky white fluid and finds that her insides are bionic. Bionic is my term, but I am of the generation that watched Jamie Summers the bionic woman save lives on her tv show, so when I read the description of her injury, what was found under her skin, and how her mother “fixed” her injury, that was the visual I jumped to in my head- bionic. Those of you under forty aren’t going to understand what I’m talking about unless you love retro TV, so to be a little more clear, Mila discovers that she is not a real girl. She was created by the military to become a super spy. To infiltrate things they want infiltrated. Her “mother” was the woman who created her, and who stole her so that she could live a real life. Needless to say, a real life would be nice, but it would make a really boring book. This story was not boring, it was a rollicking sci-fi action thriller!
Mila wanted to be real, to fall in love, have her heart broken, go to school, get married, have babies, and just live. Even more so after she finds out she won’t ever age, that she has an internal GPS, can kick some serious butt, and can read a situation and react to it in time to catch a bullet with chopsticks. She doesn’t do the chopstick thing, but I bet she probably could! After I got over the fact that I think it would be pretty cool to be bionic and do all of those things, I realized everything she’d miss, with age being pretty high on that list. So the dreams of a “normal” teenage girl actually won’t ever come true. She will always be 16, won’t get married, won’t have children. Did her mother do her a disservice by trying to give her that real life? I think she might have, but I’ll have to read the second book in the series to see how the author portrays the tragic reality of her situation. After she eludes the government and/or kicks their ass.
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