Most startling news of the day: Grey's Anatomy producer Shonda Rimes is creating a new TV show, based on an as-yet-unpublished young-adult novel, Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza. That novel, about a teenage girl in the Midwest who finds out she's really a cutting-edge artificial intelligence, comes out in March but is already getting some major buzz.
Rimes' TV version of Mila is being created for ABC, Rimes' go-to network, and the pilot is being written by David DiGilio — who is also writing the Tron Legacy sequel and a pilot about the last hospital in a post-apocalyptic Earth, Last H.O.P.E.
Here's a synopsis for the book version, via Goodreads:
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.
Coincidentally, we were just reading about Mila 2.0 at the American Library Association's YA blog, The Hub, which cites Driza's novel as part of a new trend towards young-adult science fiction that's not dystopian or post-apocalyptic. Let's hope this is really a gathering trend — a lot of the titles listed in Julie Bartel's article look terrific.