Book Review: Dark Matter: Artificial, An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology

Hi friends, it’s been a while.

Today, I have a book review!

Dark Matter: Artificial, An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology

Published: May 4, 2021 by Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C.

Source: Kindle Edition, 186 pages

Summary: (from Goodreads)

Discover dark matter’s secrets…

What is an AI’s true role? Will bumbling siblings find their way home from deep space? Dark matter is judging us—are we worthy of existence? Would you step through a portal into another reality? Can the discoverer of dark matter uncover its secrets?

Ten authors explore dark matter, unraveling its secrets and revealing its mysterious nature. Featuring the talents of Stephanie Espinoza Villamor, C.D. Gallant-King, Tara Tyler, Mark Alpert, Olga Goldim, Steph Wolmarans, Charles Kowalski, Kim Mannix, Elizabeth Mueller, and Deniz Bevan.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents, authors, and editors, these ten tales will take readers on a journey across time and space. Prepare for ignition!

Rating: 4/5 stars


**I received a digital copy of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.**

As always with an anthology, I like to review each story individually, then talk about the collection as a whole.

Artificial by Stephanie Espinoza Villamor

  • 5/5 stars. Super interesting! I kind of saw it coming, but also didn’t at the same time. I really wanted more of this story because it was super intriguing. Great start to these short stories!

Space Folds and Broomsticks by C.D. Gallant-King

  • 3.5/5 stars. This was a really funny one with a twist I didn’t see coming! It was entertaining, but it took me a while to get into it.

Rift by Kim Mannix

  • 5/5 stars. This was so good!! I’m a firm believer in alternate realities and parallel universes, so this one was right up my alley! I honestly could have read a whole novel on this story! My favorite so far.

The Utten Mission by Steph Wolmarans

  • 2/5 stars. I didn’t care for this one. It was pretty confusing with very little context. It was very, very scientific, and I really have no idea what the point of the story was.

Sentient by Tara Tyler

  • 4/5 stars. This was a really intriguing and interesting story! I enjoyed it a lot, but I wish it had been just a bit longer. The ending was a little confusing.

One to Another by Deniz Bevan

  • 4/5 stars. This was a really interesting story. It makes you think about what would happen if an apocalypse happened, and let’s be honest.. after 2020, it isn’t that far fetched. Haha! 

Resident Alien by Charles Kowalski

  • 4/5 stars. I really enjoyed this one! I was impressed by the main character’s drive. A lot of the politics definitely are relatable to today’s world, and it makes you think how hard people before us, now, and who will come after us have and will have to continue to fight for their rights. Very good story!

Nano Pursuit by Olga Godim

  • 3.5/5 stars. This was a fun story! It wrapped up a little too easily for me, but overall good! I wish there were a bit more storyline and context, but I did enjoy Alexa’s character.

Resurgence by Elizabeth Mueller

  • 5/5 stars. This was so good! The writing was lyrical, and kept me hooked. I needed to know what happened. I was captivated by the main character’s anxiety. There was a twist I didn’t see coming, and I always love that!

Vera’s Last Voyage by Mark Alpert

  • 4/5 stars. This was a sweet, but sad love story. It was a bit too scientific for me, but I overall enjoyed the thought behind it.

As a whole, I really enjoyed this anthology! There were some really great stories! Science Fiction isn’t really a genre I typically lean toward, frankly just because it doesn’t interest me as much. But these stories were so entertaining, and I’m really happy I had the opportunity to read them!

Thanks so much to the publisher for sending it to me to review!

Thanks for reading! (:

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