Dark Theory

- Wick Welker

Goodreads Book Blurb:

A robot yearns to remember. A thief struggles to forget. A galaxy on the verge of collapse.

On the fringe of a broken civilization, a robot awakens with no memories and only one directive: find his creator. But in the village of Korthe, Beetro finds only radioactive pestilence, famine, and Miree—a tormented thief with dreams of retiring after her final score. Meanwhile, the fiefdom is plunged further into chaos when a new warlord seizes control, recasting serfs as refugees and leaving derelict robot peasants in his wake. With a shared interest in survival, Beetro and Miree team up to pull off an impossible castle heist: steal a single flake of dark matter, the world’s most valuable and mysterious ore.

But as they trek through the feudal wasteland in search of answers, they realize the true extent of the chaos surrounding them: the stars are disappearing from the sky and the entire galaxy is unraveling. As he uncovers his origin, Beetro discovers he may be the key to the salvation of the cosmos—or its destruction. Time, space, and loyalty become relative as he learns the real reason he was created.

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My Review:

***Thanks to NetGalley, Wick Welker, & Independent Book Publishers Association for an eARC of this book. The following review is my honest reflection on the text provided.

solid, good read:
4/5
As the beginning of what looks like it could be an epic series, I thoroughly enjoyed Dark Theory.

These characters are complex and evolve to tell a gripping story of friendship and fighting back against all odds. Don’t worry; there are plenty of underdogs to choose from here. This dystopian world is harsh, and only the strong survive – there’s very little opportunity for anyone to thrive.

Mankind has proven that they cannot wisely wield the technology they develop and that's the era in which we now live. May as well be the stone ages.

Not for the faint at heart; many of the torture/experimentation scenes are incredibly gruesome and explicit. Not a fan of gore, I did a fair bit of skimming here, but they did not detract from the overall experience.

Dark Theory takes you on a profound journey, with a good balance between worldbuilding and active plot. The science is prominent but not overwhelming, the characters are realistic and unique, and this dystopian vision of a future Earth is terrifying. Though I’m not even sure how many books are planned in this series, I’m very much looking forward to another instalment.

Why did it take the end of the world for her to finally start getting her emotional shit together?

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