Book: This Is How You Lose the Time War
Authors: Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
Genre: Sci-fi, romance
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 win that war. That’s how war works. Right?
My Rating: 5 STARS
This Is How You Lose the Time War is a hard book to describe because it’s so unique, I feel that everyone who reads it will imagine aspects of the story differently (from the characters and what they look like to what the reasoning behind certain things was). In this book there are agencies that manipulate strands of time to their own desires and there are two agencies that are against each other and see each other as enemies. One agent then strikes up a correspondence with the other and they begin a complex relationship that starts to deepen with each new letter they receive from each other.
I loved this book, it drew me in from the very start and I became so interested in these characters. The agencies and their reasons weren’t explained in depth, you get a kind of overview of what they are, and I liked that because the overall story is about the relationship that these two women have formed and what it means for both of them. I loved how they start off by taunting the other and how it develops into something deeper. It’s more about the characters and their revelations but you still get to see the structure of the agencies and the world the authors have set up is so very interesting. Everything about it, from the timelines and what the agents do, is so intriguing.
I was completely captivated by the characters journeys and by the interesting methods they used to send letters to each other. The ending and everything that led up to it was amazing, the story and timelines were so intricately woven and I thought the pacing of the overall story was great. I loved the writing and I feel like the writing highlights the moral complexities and questions of the book well. The writing also makes you feel for the characters even more and I loved that.
Overall I loved this book and it’s definitely become one of my favourites. It’s a beautifully crafted sci-fi that has so much emotional depth to it. This is a book I’ll remember for a long time and I would recommend reading it if you’re looking for a unique story that really packs an emotional punch.