This Is How You Lose the Time War (2019)
In this fascinating and romantic novel from award-winning authors Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone, two time-traveling agents from opposing futures, working their way through the past, begin to exchange letters—and fall in love.
Red discovers a note marked “Burn before reading” in the ruins of a dying world. Signed, Blue.” So begins an unexpected correspondence between two opposing actors in a war that spans huge swaths of time and space.
Red is a member of the Agency, a post-singularity utopia. Blue belongs to Garden, a hive mind rooted in all living things. Their histories are tumultuous, and their futures are incompatible. They share nothing but the fact that they are the best at what they do and that they are alone.
What started out as a friendly rivalry on the battlefield has turned into a dangerous game that both Red and Blue are keen to win. Because in war, you have to win. Isn’t that so?
A brilliant collaboration between two powerful writers that transcends all of time and space.