This Is How You Lose the Time War

Hardcover, 201 pages

English language

Published July 16, 2019 by Simon and Schuster.

ISBN:
9781534431003

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4 stars (37 reviews)

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.

In the ashes of a dying world, Red finds a letter marked “Burn before reading. Signed, Blue.”

So begins an unlikely correspondence between two rival agents in a war that stretches through the vast reaches of time and space.

Red belongs to the Agency, a post-singularity technotopia. Blue belongs to Garden, a single vast consciousness embedded in all organic matter. Their pasts are bloody and their futures mutually exclusive. They have nothing in common—save that they’re the best, and they’re alone.

Now what began as a battlefield boast grows into a dangerous game, one both Red and Blue are determined to win. Because winning’s what you do in war. Isn’t it?

A tour de force collaboration from …

4 editions

Not for everyone...

5 stars

... or to be honest most people, but I really liked it. I took it SLOW though, finishing it in about twice my average pace, i believe... which allowed me to really enjoy the beautiful poetic nature of the book and really rather incredible writing. And then i read it again... and possibly enjoyed it more? that's not happened before ._.

I know a ton of people loved this but…

2 stars

I found it pretty frustrating going. I like the idea that they're hiding secret letters for each other as they fight the "time war" but the war itself was so abstract and ridiculously coated in poetic license that I often was just annoyed at how the authors were trying to push forward on a rush of emotion instead of backing things up with a little stronger consensual reality. Maybe I rushed it? I dunno. Not my up of tea on the end at any rate.

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2 stars

Update: finished the book. More than one star because I liked the story. 2 stars because if I could go downthread and advise myself, I'd tell myself not to read this book.

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Just couldn't finish this book. The format - letters exchanged between the main characters, lacking easily pictured actions of any sort - felt so slow and not engaging enough for me to continue.

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