Surely, everyone has preferences when it comes to choosing a book. However, it is very hard to come across well-written blended-genre books that appeal to a variety of people. This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone does a beautiful job of combining some common characteristics of science fiction books such as interplanetary warfare, time travel, parallel universes with elements of poetic literary fiction. This is How You Lose the Time War is constructed in the form of a series of letters of time-traveling enemy spies Red, who works for an organization called the Agency, and Blue who is part of an entity called the Garden. These letters are far from being conventional since they are written while Red and Blue attempt to alter the course of numerous worlds’ histories in order to turn specific events in their favor. At first glance, these letters are mocking. Then they gradually become beautiful love letters that represent  Red and Blue’s secret connection. In the end, the collection ended up winning the BSFA Award for Best Shorter Fiction, the Nebula Award for Best Novella of 2019, and the 2020 Hugo Award for Best Novella. All in all, This is How You Lose the Time War is a paradigm-shifting science fiction book with a hint of romance and prose that struck many of its readers on Goodreads, a platform with more than 90 million members and book reviews, as “particularly lyrical”. Even though the first few pages might be hard to make sense of, when you get used to the writing style, it is evident that the rhythm and flow are really well done. I recommend it to people who are interested in 21st-century science fiction and people who are poetry enthusiasts.

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