*Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
The Inscrutable Machine has been living on a high, taking on and defeating adult superheroes, but it’s time to go back to school. How boring. Penelope, Ray and Claire have caught the itch and now they need more daring do to, well, do. When an opportunity drops into their laps they don’t need very much persuading to run off straight into another adventure. Only this time they aren’t fighting on Earth. They’re fighting in outer space.
I loved the first book, Please Don’t Tell My Parents I’m a Super Villain. It was quirky, fast-paced and fun. However, this second book failed to wow me. The Inscrutable Machine keep saying they want to be Heroes, not Villains, but I don’t see much in their actions to tell me that’s what they truly want. They love being known as the villains. And while I know they aren’t even in high school yet, they are really immature. Immature combined with super powers is not a good thing. And Penny’s parents are supposed to be super smart. How have they not twigged to the fact that the Inscrutable Machine is made up of Penny and her friends?
Another problem I had with this story is the whole plot of going to outer space. I was confused from the moment they left Earth until they got back. I understood nothing about what went on for about ¾ of the book. Colonies that we’ve heard nothing about. Weird mutant goats. Alien races and their war that I couldn’t separate or keep straight. Robots. And what exactly was that red gooey stuff? Besides being gross. There was just too much going on in this book. I couldn’t keep it straight or keep up with what was happening. There’s also some kind of Super Villain/Super Hero history that isn’t explained yet it’s written into the book as if everyone should know it. I was disappointed in the story, but I do love the cover.