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Reviewed by Grace Masso for Readers' Favorite
Dr. Infinity and the Soul Smasher is the fourth book in The Adventures of Ubergirl by Matthew Cox, a well-written story for fans of children's fantasy and science fiction. Kelly Donovan understands the word chaos more than anyone else and that implies a lot — bullies, her parents’ shenanigans, and frequent complaints about their jobs — and she is not yet over the idea that she has been responsible for putting her father in the supers prison, a thing that made her sad, guilty, and scared at the same time. Her only refuge is in the game where she connects with Star Prince and Ms. Omni, fictional characters that have done more for her than anyone in real life. Things get exciting when her father offers her a copy of the latest video game of the Star Prince and Omni. When the game becomes real, Übergirl and her friend, Paige, find themselves trapped in MegaStation. The stakes are raised as failure to defeat Dr. Infinity in time can lead to her father’s orbital machine causing devastating havoc on the innocent. Do they have what it takes to get out in time to save the world from a horrible fate?
Matthew Cox’s novel is incredibly imaginative, and it translates the contemporary reality of video games and the virtual reality that youngsters must deal with. It is filled with adventure and experiences that are fun to read. Young readers will, most certainly, be transported to the virtual world the author has created and find it fun connecting with characters like Kelly. This novel, while being the fourth in the series, reads well as a standalone story. It is realistic and the characters are well-developed. The use of humor adds to the entertaining nature of the story and the relationship between the protagonist and her parents as well as her connection with her virtual heroes is cleverly written. Dr. Infinity and the Soul Smasher is a fun read for young adult readers and the world the author creates is both colorful and sophisticated.