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Review of Dark Theory

In Dark Theory, a rag-tag group searches for purpose by traveling through dangerous lands.  The group starts small with unlikeable characters – the good person, Lucindi, was killed off almost immediately.  The band grows both in number and in the depth of the characters.  At first, they believe one man (the robot Beetro’s creator) is the key, but as the galaxy begins to unwind before their very eyes, the keys to survival become complex and nearly impossible. 

The best part of Dark Theory was watching the characters develop.  Lucindi is constantly held up as the angel everyone ought to be.  The idea of friendship is, at first, foreign to all of them, but as they struggle together, new relationships and values form.  Robots, humans, time travellers, evil military leaders, and scientists converge to sort out the past, present and future.  Perhaps, if they pull together, they can save the galaxy. 

This is long book – over 800 pages, but the galaxy is still at risk at the end of Dark Theory.  The story did wrap up a major plot thread, but plan to read on if you want to see how it finally ends.  Minus one star for the cliffhanger, but four full stars for such a great ensemble group of characters.

Through Netgalley, the publisher provided a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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About Dark Theory by Wick Welker

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.

A mind-bending science fiction epic with the bones of a fantasy traveling quest, Dark Theory unfolds through a journey of betrayal, identity, and unlikely friendships in a world of darkness set at the edge of space and time. 

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