Sunday, September 29, 2019

This is How You Lose the Time War, by Amal El-Mohtar (author), Max Gladstone (author), Cynthia Farrell (narrator), Emily Woo Zeller (narrator)

Simon Schuster Audio, ISBN 9781508207056, July 2019

This is a wonderful, complex, beautifully constructed novella, a love story between two operatives from opposite sides of a time war.

Red, we gradually learn, is an operative of the side that's building a technologically advanced future culture. Blue is an operative of the side that relies on biological science, the side that is called Garden. They encounter each other, at a distance at first, as they work on their respective assignments, increasingly assigned--as the best operatives each side has--to undo each other's work.
And then they start exchanging letters.

That's dangerous, and they use increasingly complex methods to make their letters secure against their superiors--but of course that can't work forever. Then things get even more complicated.

This story is an absolute delight to listen to.

I listened to this book via Scribd.

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