In Over Their Heads is the second part of Under Their Skin by Margaret Peterson Haddix. After reading the first book/part, you wouldn’t think that it could get any more interesting or have even more plot-twists, but it does. Every chapter just makes you more and more captivated and leaves you in shock from the new discoveries that mostly Nick, Eryn, their stepsiblings Ava and Jackson, and Lida Mae make. On top of that, each chapter is written from individual perspectives of each character. In this book, Nick, Eryn, their stepsiblings, Brenda and Michael (Ava and Jackson’s parents), and Denise and Donald (Nick and Eryn’s parents) team up to prevent humanity from erasing from the face of Earth permanently. What they didn’t know was that while on their mission which happens to take place in Mammoth Cave, they would meet Lida Mae who comes off as a human but is in fact a robot just like Ava, Jackson, and the adults. Throughout this book, mostly the children make new discoveries and find out horrifying yet helpful pieces of information. Because of these new pieces of information that they found out, step by step, they started getting closer and working together as a team and not as enemies. At first, Eryn and Ava didn’t really get along but towards the end of the book, they finally accepted each other as sisters. What I like even more about this book besides the amount of suspense and mystery is how Nick, Eryn, Ava, Jackson, Lida Mae, and even a former killer robot teamed up at the end to stop the rest of the killer robots all around the world and turn them to good so that both robots and humans could live together without any problems or having the fear of going extinct. Now, to find out about all the other interesting stuff that took place in this book, the discoveries that were made, how the kids escape the robot officials, and how they get rid of the rule that robots must be destroyed after they are done with their “job/purpose,” you must read for yourselves. If you are a fan of science fiction books full of surprising events and outcomes, this is the perfect book for you. Enjoy!
Submitted by Jasmine Uppal