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This is how you lose the time war

by El-Mohtar, Amal,

Format: Print Book 2020
Availability: On Order 1 copy
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Location Collection Status
Carnegie Library of Homestead New Fiction IN PROCESSING
Location  Carnegie Library of Homestead
 
Collection  New Fiction
 
Status  IN PROCESSING
 
 
Summary
"[An] exquisitely crafted tale...Part epistolary romance, part mind-blowing science fiction adventure, this dazzling story unfolds bit by bit, revealing layers of meaning as it plays with cause and effect, wildly imaginative technologies, and increasingly intricate wordplay...This short novel warrants multiple readings to fully unlock its complexities." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review).

From award-winning authors Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone comes an enthralling, romantic novel spanning time and space about two time-traveling rivals who fall in love and must change the past to ensure their future.

Among the ashes of a dying world, an agent of the Commandment 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, becomes something more. Something epic. Something romantic. Something that could change the past and the future.

Except the discovery of their bond would mean the death of each of them. There's still a war going on, after all. And someone has to win. 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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Red is a time-traveling agent who rebraids strands to help the Agency, a world of tech and logic. Blue is an agent who rebraids for the Garden, a community rooted in organic matter. They have been doing and undoing each other's work for years when Blue leaves Red the first letter. The two female spies battle across the strands, sabotaging each other's missions with increasing subtlety and skill, and leaving each other letters contained in the taste of sumac, in the pattern of a fabric's weave, in the flow of lava over Atlantis, in a piece of cod hidden within a seal. What unfolds is a twisting, sapphic time travel fantasy love story that never stops surprising: El-Mohtar and Gladstone have written the ultimate in enemies-to-lovers romance, but with an intricate layer of lush, uncanny descriptions of the fantastic strands the agents are shifting; not to mention a careful net of time travel and parallel universes. This suspenseful novel is a superb realization of a difficult concept bulging with details: a time travel rival-secret-agent epistolary romance interspersed with descriptions of fascinating secret missions. Readers will reach the end and want to turn back to the start.--Leah von Essen Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this exquisitely crafted tale, two special agents from competing factions forge an unexpected relationship through messages left behind as they wage a secret war across space and time. Red, who represents a society dominated by technology and artificial intelligences, and Blue, the product of a biological mass consciousness, must never-can never-meet, even as they work to secure the future for their masters. Instead, they communicate in hundreds of different ways, their words hidden beneath layers of subtlety and deception, in direct defiance of every rule they've ever followed. As taunts and challenges gradually give way to endearments and secrets, the two women must determine their true roles in the unending time war. Part epistolary romance, part mind-blowing science fiction adventure, this dazzling story unfolds bit by bit, revealing layers of meaning as it plays with cause and effect, wildly imaginative technologies, and increasingly intricate wordplay. El-Mohtar (The Honey Month) and Gladstone (the Craft Sequence) pack their narrative full of fanciful ideas and poignant moments, weaving a tapestry stretching across the millennia and through multiple realities that's anchored with raw emotion and a genuine sense of wonder. This short novel warrants multiple readings to fully unlock its complexities. Agent: DongWon Song, Howard Morhaim Literary. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Space and time -- Fiction.
Time travel -- Fiction.
Letters -- Fiction.
Imaginary wars and battles -- Fiction.
Time-travel fiction.
Epistolary fiction.
Science fiction.
Publisher New York :2020
Edition First Saga Press trade paperback edition.
Contributors Gladstone, Max, author.
Language English
Notes Includes reading group guide.
Description 198 pages, 13 unnumbered pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9781534430990
1534430997
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