Publication date: May 13, 2014
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Category: Young Adult - Sci-fi
Source: Received from publisher via Edelweiss (Thanks!)
Summary: 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. (Adapted goodreads.com)
Renegade digs much deeper into Mila’s origins and gave me the answers I’ve been wanting since book one. I started to guess some of it but I don’t think that’s a bad thing. If anything, it made me want to stand up all — yes I knew it! (It’s nice to be right.) Still, the way the secrets of Mila’s past unfolds was fast-paced and more importantly, complex. There are no easy answers here and while everyone in the “government” is quick to point out Mila’s android side, from the reader’s point-of-view I am constantly aware of how human she is. She loves and hates, grieves, feels anger and joy. Most of the answers Mila gets are not happy ones and she reacts. But before things get (much, much worse), we do see Mila experience a few moments of joy. And those moments are with Hunter.
I loved how their relationship developed. In Mila 2.0, they only spent a short time together before Mila and her mother were on the run. So when Mila calls Hunter and he agrees to come find her, I was a bit skeptical of this insta-love direction. But then we get to see them talk and cutely fumble around the other (so adorable!) and I found myself rooting for their happy ending. Obviously it’s too soon for that and it isn’t before long that major obstacles get thrown in their way (like the whole android thing) but I’m very curious as to where the author takes their relationship next.