This Is How You Lose the Time War (Compact Disc)

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This Is How You Lose the Time War By Emily Woo Zeller (Read by), Cynthia Farrell (Read by), Amal El-Mohtar Cover Image
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This gorgeous sci-fi novella follows two women (rival agents in a war across space and time) who begin to connect with one another by leaving a series of letters at different points in various timelines. This book is lyrical and intense, heart-wrenching and soul-healing -- and, at its core, deeply romantic. The prose is so beautiful that I found myself snapping my fingers like I was at a poetry reading, with not an unnecessary word in sight. It's astonishing how well co-authors Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone are able to mesh their writing together. I recommend this book unequivocally for any fan of sci-fi, romance, or poetry -- there's something in there for any of you. A perfect book.

— Joanna

A collaborative effort between the two authors, "This is How You Lose the Time War" is a love story told in letters across countless years, during a conflict spanning all of time and space. The letters compose a vast majority of the pages, with the rest being short and intensely poetic chapters that tie the pair together across disparate locales. El-Mohtar and Gladstone succeed in infusing the in-between chapters with interesting concepts and lore, but that is not the focus of the story. They do not linger on the science-fiction, which grants an air of mystery and elevation to phrases like "crystal citadel" and "secret engines of war," and even mundane nouns like "London." Overall, a very unique book and one that reads more like a longform poem than a novel.

— Cooper


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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781508287070
ISBN-10: 1508287074
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication Date: July 16th, 2019
Language: English