So back to the book at hand. I wasn't sure when I was reading it whether it was the beginning of a trilogy/series or stand-alone. So kudos to Driza for keeping me guessing and not creating too much of a cliffhanger. The book has threads left unexplored but still stands on its own - YAY! (And, yes, I looked it up and it is intended as the first in a new series.)
Some review sites list this story as dystopian and I'm not 100% sure that classification is correct. Unlike, say, Eden (which I mentioned above), Driza's world doesn't seem like a future dysfunctional society, but rather a present-day or close to present-day scenario with augmented science. The main character, MILA, is compelling and the situations she faces are great opportunities for her to struggle with the question whether she's more of a robot or more of a human. The story structure is a little different from a lot of current YA. It's broken into four separate "parts" and I'm not really sure why. The first part is a clearly separate section of the story that sets up the character and her situation in a small town. The following 3/4 of the book really work as one large "part". This is a small thing, but after the first "part break" I was waiting for three new situations and challenges to follow and this didn't happen. There were also a lot of action sequences (including a couple of car chases) which made the book very cinematographic, but I felt these scenes became a little tiresome after a while. My favorite aspects of the book werethe times it focused on character and what makes us human, so I didn't need quite as many shoot-em-up chase scenes. But they're hard to write in an engaging way and Driza did a good job. So, yes, I'll pick up the next book whenever it comes out, but I hope for less action and more character development.