This Is How You Lose the Time War
Books | Fiction / Science Fiction / Time Travel
* HUGO AWARD WINNER: BEST NOVELLA * NEBULA AND LOCUS AWARDS WINNER: BEST NOVELLA * “[An] exquisitely crafted tale...Part epistolary romance, part mind-blowing science fiction adventure, this dazzling story unfolds bit by bit, revealing layers of meaning as it plays with cause and effect, wildly imaginative technologies, and increasingly intricate wordplay...This short novel warrants multiple readings to fully unlock its complexities.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) From award-winning authors Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone comes an enthralling, romantic novel spanning time and space about two time-traveling rivals who fall in love and must change the past to ensure their future. Among the ashes of a dying world, an agent of the Commandment finds a letter. It reads: Burn before reading. Thus begins an unlikely correspondence between two rival agents hellbent on securing the best possible future for their warring factions. Now, what began as a taunt, a battlefield boast, becomes something more. Something epic. Something romantic. Something that could change the past and the future. Except the discovery of their bond would mean the death of each of them. There’s still a war going on, after all. And someone has to win. That’s how war works, right? Cowritten by two beloved and award-winning sci-fi writers, This Is How You Lose the Time War is an epic love story spanning time and space.
Simon and Schuster
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"If you ever wanted to be a fly on the wall watching two people fall in love, this is the book for you. If you want a quick romance that cuts out all that unimportant plot nonsense and just gives you beautiful world building and characters, this is the book for you. If you are just looking for something to read, this is the book for you"
"An absolutely beautiful book! A short read, but leaves an indelible mark. "
"How do I even begin to review this coherently even though my brain is absolutely scrambled right now? Red and Blue are adversaries who become so good at their respective roles within opposite warring fronts that they end up alone. Within that loneliness they find each other, and thus this amazing journey through time (literally) takes place. The writing is that purple prose that I definitely found confusing but eventually was able to understand the basics. The Agency, the Garden, their individual goals within the millions of time strands to further their own agendas, and their best warriors, Red and Blue, working against each other to accomplish them. Their rivalry leads to love that has the most ingenious way of showing itself. This is definitely a book I recommend going into blind, yes it’s a love story of sorts, but the way it is written, the way you get to understand and know these characters is like no other reading experience. It’s beautiful and magical and the first and third person POVs add so much to this story you’ll want to start immediately rereading it once you finish it. "
"Not the book I thought it would be. I certainly see the appeal for many. There is some beautiful writing, and once you reach the end There is a sense of returning to read again and catch what you may have missed. Personally was a drag for me and a fight to finish. If this book were any longer I would have set it down early on. "