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

This Is How You Lose the Time War

Among the ashes of a dying world, an agent of the Commandant finds a letter. It reads: Burn before reading.And 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, grows into something more.Except discovery of their bond would be death for each of them. There’s still a war going on, after all. And someone has to ...

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, Time Travel, Fiction, LGBT, Romance, 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 game—hiding and discovery. You’re a swift opponent, Blue. You play long odds. You run the table. If we’re 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 b...
  • Victoria Schwab
    Holy shit this was good.
  • Bradley
    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 delighfully unforced in its romance... even as the time war rages between heavy tech and heavy biopunk up and down multiple timelines in a game of Go! that stretches to near-infinity.Wait. Did I say romance? Yep. Hard SF romance, so light and deft in its hardcore science it becomes a whirlwind of ambiance designed o...
  • 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"...
  • rin 눈_눈 WATCH GOOD OMENS
    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
  • Rose
    I’ll 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 ...
  • unknown
    A time travel romance with teeth sharp enough to tear out your still-beating heart.
  • Hiu Gregg
    Well, shit.
  • 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...
  • MeaganCM
    Fucking brilliant! I loved every second! I admit there were some things I struggled with, but nothing a reread can't fix 😊.
  • caitlin ✶
    3.5 stars. ya’ll better not sleep on this adult sci-fi SAPPHIC romance, or else despite this book’s length, the world building, character development and relationship development never felt rushed or crammed in. Though the writing and world building was hard to get into at first, countless sentences and phrases in this are works of art. The only real complaint I have is that I didn’t really connect with Red’s character. Either way, I reco...
  • wanderer (Para)
    ARC received from the publisher (Saga Press) on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Whoa. Just...whoa. Another candidate for "best of 2019" for me. It's like someone distilled almost everything I like into one book - exquisite prose, a high dose of weirdness, a queer relationship, a more literary feel, experimental structure - and the end result is breathtaking. Brilliant in a way I'm not sure a review can illustrate. It has to be read to ...
  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    ALL THE STARS!!I'm not sure if I'm reeling from that ending or how the entire book wove and threaded and braided its way into my heart and soul, and how I fell hard for Red and Blue and their long games.It all begins with ruthless agent of the Agency Red finds a letter that reads, "Burn before reading." In it, she finds a taunt, a challenge—her greatest foe has revealed herself. And off she goes in a cat and cat game of win-lose-win, sneaky sub...
  • Katie
    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 ...
  • Emma
    “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.
  • c,
    But hunger is a many-splendoured thing: it needn’t be conceived in limbic terms, in biology. Hunger, Red – to sate a hunger or to stoke it, to feel hunger as a furnace, to trace its edges like teeth – is this a thing you, singly, know? Have you ever had a hunger that whetted itself on what you fed it, sharpened so keen and bright that it might split you open, break a new thing out? On Reads Rainbow. Rep: wlw mcsGalley provided by publisher...
  • Tracey
    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.
  • Megan
    A woman approaches you. She's wearing a dark coat. She reaches into an inside pocket and holds something out. "Hey you," she says, "look at this." You're not entirely sure what you're looking at; but it's beautiful. Multi-faceted like a diamond. Intricate like one of those sculptures where the artist makes stone look like lace. You try to get a closer look, but she whisks it away and holds out her other hand. This one holds something as alien as ...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    2.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum, for such a short book, this one’s going to be a doozy to review. To be sure, This is How You Lose the Time War is a very imaginative novella, but the style and tone of it is so highly unusual, I doubt it would be for everyone. Honestly, when I picked this one up, I had expected to either love it or hate it—no in between. But in the end, I supposed it surprised m...
  • VexenReplica
    Dearest bookphiles, A clever way to send you a letter, don't you think? Abusing 21st century internet here in this strand, that is. How easy and simple it is, sending you a direct impact, yet it diffuses itself among the bytes.I must commend your subduction of me through the written word. Intriguing that, throughout the various strands, this is the only one where this was created in multiplex formats, including dead tree, downloadable, auditory, ...
  • Andi
    YAY! I won another goodreads giveaway! Will update this when I get the book! :)What a very interesting, gorgeous book.Let me tell you, I was confused first of how this book was written. What is Red and what is Blue? Were they people once? Are they still people? Are they half machine half human? Or a completely different form of being? Or maybe I am thinking too much into this book.This book reminds me of the way that The 7.5 Deaths of Evelyn Hard...
  • imyril
    Oh my. A little book of rivalry and desire, love and war, poetry and time travel. I don’t actually know how I feel about it yet; I might have to come back and bump it up that final star when I review it. It’s light and yet weighty, brief but overlong, and it contains the universe without dwelling on anything too much. It’s a treasure. The only reason it wasn’t 5 stars straight out of the gate is that it’s a little predictable for all it...
  • 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.
  • Skip
    Abominable. No plot, amorphous and underdeveloped characters, skipping around in time. Impossible to follow. Told through a series of vignettes about and letters between Red and Blue. Choppy sentences. Run away. Quickly.
  • Kristen
    Full review is here, on my blog!~This book is absolutely beautifully written, for starters. It’s also often indescribably weird… but not in a bad way. Not at all.This book basically follows two agents from rival sides in a war across time as they communicate with each other, becoming closer with each letter.Most of the letters are very uniquely presented, whether in tea leaves, or lava from an erupting volcano about to engulf Atlantis, and so...
  • Racheal
    This book is everything. THIS BOOK IS EVERYTHING. This is the best thing I've read since Circe ripped my fucking heart out last year. It's one of those precious, rare books that somehow managed to leave me in great, gasping sobs, but also feeling full to bursting. The kind that feels like it's carved itself into the squishy meat of my heart.Here lies Racheal's heart, officially wrecked by:Dawn, Octavia ButlerJune, 2016A Taste of Honey,  Kai ...
  • Megan
    I'm going to need at least a month to recover from this book. I'm reeling and I couldn't breathe after I finished it. This goes way beyond beautiful; it's one of those books that reminds me that writing is also an art form. This Is How You Lose the Time War is a 200-page prose poem, an epistolary masterpiece, a masterclass in allusion, a deep dive into character, a perfect manipulation of form and syntax and tone, a bending of the genre to create...