Robot Battle

S. & S./Little Simon. (Arcade World: Bk. 3). May 2022. 144p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781665904711; pap. $9.99. ISBN 9781665904704.
Gr 2-4–Arcade World’s games continue to rule Normal City while Travis and Journey bring on a new player in this third series entry. Devonte, who is Black, draws suspicion from Journey and forms a quick friendship with Travis, but he has a secret tie to Arcade World. The invading video game theme this time involves robots from the future that the players battle from the cockpits of anime-inspired giant mecha. Journey’s suspicion over Devonte also serves as a window into how the continuous mischief of Arcade World is affecting the book’s stars. Robot action includes some humor over complicated controls as well as mecha flatulence. By the end, all three leads are heroic and even self-sacrificing in order to save one another.
VERDICT The cast, themes, and style of the series expand without losing the friendship at its core. This series is best experienced from the beginning.

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