This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar

This Is How You Lose the Time War

Two time-traveling agents from warring futures, working their way through the past, begin to exchange letters—and fall in love in this thrilling and romantic book from award-winning authors Amal-El Mohtar and Max Gladstone.Among the ashes of a dying world, an agent of the Commandant 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 the...

Details This Is How You Lose the Time War

TitleThis Is How You Lose the Time War
Release DateJul 16th, 2019
PublisherSaga Press
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Time Travel, LGBT, Fantasy

Reviews This Is How You Lose the Time War

  • Chaima ✨ شيماء
    You asked me to tell truths. I have. What do I want? Understanding. Exchange. Victory. A gamehiding and discovery. Youre a swift opponent, Blue. You play long odds. You run the table. If were to be at war, we might as well entertain one another. This Is How You Lose the Time War is the kind of novel that dips in and out of minds, catches the sharp sun of memory and gleams, leaves its scent on its readers, like perfume transferred between lovers. ...
  • Victoria Schwab
    Holy shit this was good.
  • Melanie
    (This was such a thoughtful gift from Melissa!)Perfect first book of the year and decade! Full review soon, bbies! ❤Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | TwitchBuddy read with Lea! ❤
  • Riley
    Killing Eve but they are time traveling pen pals
  • Bradley
    Re-Read 12/17/19:I've been thinking about this novella for months since I read it last. It just kept sticking to the roof of my mouth and I loved the flavor sooo much. :)It's poetry. A tragic romance written as a super-hard-SF spy vs spy. And it's poetry. :)I LOVE this so much. Original review:Damn excellent SF novella. I won't have any problems nominating this for next year's Hugo. It's poetical, yo. Not only poetical, but delightfully unforced ...
  • Philip
    2ish stars.What it comes down to is that I'm simply not enough of a romantic to enjoy this book. The appeal lies squarely in the flowery language written in love poems between two post-human women on opposite sides of a time travel war. I just happen to find love poetry more pretentious and mawkish than amorous or emotive. (Can it even really be considered romantic when one character addresses the other as "Dearest Blue-da-ba-dee?")The rest of th...
  • Mackenzi
    lol okay then guess I'll just quit writing forever because I will never produce something this gorgeous.
  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
    This is a book so beautifully written and perfectly conceived that I know any words I write about it will pale in comparison. If you want an ambitious, complex, utterly unique romeo and juliet f/f romance set amidst a centuries long time war (and how could you not want that?) then this is the book for you. I want this entire book tattooed over every inch of my body so that I can remember every single word forever.
  • Cecily
    "All good stories travel from the outside."This is a passionate, genre-storming prose poem about temptation and the paradox of opposites that are not: of hunter and prey, tempter and victim - one and the same. I want to chase you, find you, I want to be eluded and teased and adored; I want to be defeated and victorious - I want you to cut me, sharpen me.IrresistibleThe first temptation is to defy the instruction to "Burn before reading", and the ...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    the last 50 pages of this book had me crying SO hard
  • MeaganCM
    Fucking brilliant! I loved every second! I admit there were some things I struggled with, but nothing a reread can't fix 😊.
  • Kayla Dawn
    This was odd and I'm sure I didn't understand it fully, but I loved it nonetheless.
  • Billie
    Okay. So. Hmm. I loved the love story aspect of it and generally got the gist of what was going on, but there was some big-picture world building that either went completely over my head (likely) or was missing (possible). Being dumped into the middle of a story that has been going on, off the page, for who-knows-how-long can be disorienting. And maybe it was meant to be. Or maybe I'm just not smart enough for this book. Or maybe it was a mis-ste...
  • Spencer Orey
    Really dense time-travel love story novella packed with wonderful writing that focuses on sensory experiences.There were parts that felt like filler, included in the book more for the beauty of language than anything to do with the plot or story. The episodic structure also made it hard for me to keep focused, since the real story seemed to be unfolding in the letters that punctuated each episode. All of that meant I tended to pick up and put dow...
  • Emily
    Almost all my Goodread friends are raving about this. I just didn't like it. I never really understood why the characters fell in love, there's no explanation about what is really going on with the two sides and the writing style was just too... "extra" for me. It's very literary and poetic, it's all words and not much substance. It just wasn't for me.
  • Acqua
    4.5 starsThis Is How You Lose the Time War is a novella about a love that transcends time, space and humanity. It's beautiful and lyrical and heartbreaking; it's all of these things and I loved its ending so much that I don't feel like I can do this story justice with a review. Just know that, while this is an epistolary f/f enemies-to-lovers story set during a time-travel war, calling it that feels almost reductive.It follows two entities, "Red"...
  • ☙ percy ❧
    "This feels like teetering on the brink of something that will unmake me." utterly impossibly, this book managed to exceed my expectations. do not take me lightly when i say i expected this book to be a masterpiece. and it was more. literary genre fiction is something so rare it's sometimes considered impossible. This Is How You Lose The Time War laughs in the face of critics who disparage science-fiction, and it is not literary and poetic in spi...
  • TraceyL
    This book made me feel really dumb. I don't think it was the book's fault. The combination of high science fiction with poetic literary fiction just didn't click together in my brain. There was never a point in this book where I knew what was going on. I just finished it and have no idea what happened in it.
  • unknown
    A time travel romance with teeth sharp enough to tear out your still-beating heart.
  • Rose
    Ill tell you right upfront, this book is not for everyone. Hard sci-fi readers may be disappointed because even though this book is dependant on time travel, it is more about love and told very poetically. The story begins at the end of a battle. Our two main characters are the top agents for each side: Red from the technology enhanced future versus Blue from the environmental future (these descriptions are subject to my own interpretation as the...
  • rin ( ̄ヘ ̄) read/watch mo dao zu shi
    i wish i liked it more but it's a little too poetic for me i guess? im not into this type of prose much
  • Emma
    Some things are more important than winningThis was a very beautiful love story. It was also difficult to make sense of, but very original. “Some things are more important than winning”This was a very beautiful love story. It was also difficult to make sense of, but very original.
  • Katie (never.ending.reading.list)
    Okay, this one was just meh for me. I could not get into it at all! The love story between Red and Blue was nice and surprising but it just fell flat for me. I had very little invested into this world and their building romance was not enough to draw me into it. I liked the time travel aspect with the jumping from such two extremes. It was fun and unique but I wish the authors would have done so much more with it. It had some promise but did not ...
  • Boston
    Despite struggling for the first 50 pages, I eventually got into the flow of this book and I absolutely fell in love. Every single sentence of every letter made me want to burst into tears. The writing of this was the most poetic, lyrical writing I have EVER read. Despite barely knowing blue and red (and only knowing them for 200 pages), they become people I can think of say I know them. To say this book is amazing is an understatement and Im so ...
  • Gerhard
    Wow. This book proves it again (and again, depending what timeline youre in): SF is not about genre tropes, all of which have been done to death and back again, but what unique spin or take that the author(s) adopt.This short novel has such a deceptively simple premise: Two time-travelling agents from warring futures, working their way through the past, begin to exchange letters and realise that theyve fallen in love. Or is it a long con on the ...
  • Hiu Gregg
    Well, shit.
  • Trish
    A poetically beautiful tale of two agents - one called Red, the other called Blue - working for agencies manipulating all timelines known. Humanity (if they really are human) has come a long way, technology-wise. The agencies (Commandant and Garden) are quite different, from their approach to the conflict as much as their internal structure. And yet, they are also similar enough that they might actually be the same.Red and Blue meet in the field,...
  • Rebecca Roanhorse
    I actually finished this short book (200p) in one sitting on July 15th, but am just now getting to the review. This is a novella told in letters between two time-traveling operatives in the future, and it's more poetry than prose. It's a love story, too, so it's fitting that this book is poetic and visual and often sensual in its word choice (not it's content). A lovely fugue, a way to spend a few hours in another world and time, and a renewal of...