I finished Failure Mode by Craig Alanson this week. This is book #15 in the Expeditionary Force series. It had been positioned as the last book in the series, but Alanson has announced that a sixteenth book, Aftermath, is planned for this December.
Even though I heard that a new book is coming, I approached Failure Mode like it was the last book in the series. Endings, especially for something popular, can be really difficult to successfully pull off. I think Alanson did ok, but the end did seem a little rushed and there were developments that framed the ending that hadn’t really been set up that well. it wasn’t a bad way to end, but I am sure it will leave a lot of fand unsatisfied. I am a little concerned that the new book will fall into the Game of Thrones wrap-up trap. We will see.
All is all this series has been a fun read. The Joe and Skippy show provided lots of amusement.
When a mission ends in disaster and there is no way to achieve the objective, no way to regroup and try again, no plan B, no hope, all you can do is fall back into FAILURE MODE: try to salvage what you can. If it is even possible to save anything. Or anyone.
The galaxy is doomed. Monkeys may be clever and too stubborn to give up, but Skippy The Idiot Who Got PLAYED knows the harsh truth: this is a fight he can’t win. The odds are not only stacked against him, he was designed not to win this fight.
Maybe he can salvage some faint memory of the civilizations that inhabit the galaxy, but those beings are doomed. Doomed. Including the Merry Band of Pirates
Released December 6, 2022