This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone

GoodReads Summary:
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 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?
Cowritten by two beloved and award-winning sci-fi writers, This Is How You Lose the Time War is an epic love story spanning time and space.
This Is How You Lose the Time WarReview:
I have heard rave reviews about This is How You Lose a Time War. But I found that I wasn’t sold on it at first. I wasn’t really invested in the story until a little under halfway through. But once I was invested, I couldn’t get through it fast enough.
This story was told in alternating perspectives. It follows two characters, Red and Blue. And in between their chapters were the letters they wrote to one another. I loved this method of telling the story. It was beautifully set up. It told us about each character and their actions while the letters really allowed the reader to see who they were.
Following these two, who are from a warring species, as they travel through time battling was so much fun. It was suspenseful and full of action. But there was also so much love and curiosity.
This was a beautifully written story about two people that were as different as different can be, falling in love and doing anything to be together despite the things that made them different.
The writing was really what blew me away. It was beautiful and poetic and I absolutely adored every page. I loved the time travel and the characters and their love. I adored this book and I see why everyone is raving about it.


“Books are letters in bottles, cast into the waves of time, from one person trying to save the world to another.”

“Adventure works in any strand—it calls to those who care more for living than for their lives.”

“It’s amazing how much blue there is in the world if you look. You’re different colors of flame. Bismuth burns blue, and cerium, germanium, and arsenic. See? I pour you into things.”

“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? Sometimes I think that’s what I have instead of friends.”

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.