Author: Craig Alanson
Title: Critical Mass
Series: Expeditionary Force 10
Genre: Sci-Fi; AI
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads
Oh, I have waited so long and so patiently for “Critical Mass” by Craig Alanson, tenth book in the Expeditionary Force series. And it was worth it.
About the Book: Joe Bishop is in mortal danger. His crew is in mortal danger. Heck, the whole of human kind is in, you guessed it, mortal danger. With Skippy’s help humans, the Merry Band of Pirates, have caused havoc. From this mysterious ghost-ship that kicks alien ass. To hacking, breaking, masking, leaking super secret and impossible information, and manufacturing things that no one should ever be able to manufacture. To a terrible mess they made out of wormholes by moving them, opening them, closing them… Aliens are pissed, and because at the center of these events there’s this annoying little human called Joe Bishop, whom Universe hates a lot already, they’ve decided to go visit that damned Earth he came from. And unite at doing so, just to be sure. But if you think that this is all Joe’s problems – save the Earth or evacuate the humanity – he he, you’re not going to like this…
My Opinion: The book is amazingly good. SPOILERS: Yes, yes, Skippy has returned, groveling and apologizing. He regrets not only the decision to betray his friends, but his whole damn life, for how could he, how could he ever? After profound promises he’d never do such a horrible thing again, Skippy goes ahead to prove his words with actions by helping Merry Band of Pirates kick even more alien ass all while stringing together and duct-taping a plan of how to save the rest of the humans. END OF SPOILERS: Book started with an epic proportions action. Proceeded to slow down, but banter and jokes kept it going well, and then exploded once again. And this time the explosion was actually hopeful.
A great book. Amazing series. 5/5.