Monday 1 July 2019

Book Review: This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone (Sci-Fi)

Title: This is How You Lose the Time War
Author: Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
Jo Fletcher Books/Quercus

Publication Date: 18 July 2019
eBook - PDF
ARC via NetGalley


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 their warring factions. Now, what began as a taunt, a battlefield boast, grows into something more. Something epic. Something romantic. Something that could change the past and the future.

Except the discovery of their bond would mean 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?

This is How You Lose the Time War was a fascinating read and something very different--certainly different from what I was expecting. It was an incredibly beautiful and poetic piece, and I particularly loved the letters the two characters exchanged. Once or twice I wished there could have been a little more world building and background information, as the story did rather throw one in with little explanation or context, but the relationship and romance shone through, which helped negate any missing backstory. This is probably not going to be for everyone, but if you fancy your sci-fi with a literary fiction/poetic bent, I recommend giving it a try.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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