Romance vs. Politics

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Romance vs. Politics

Post by Sinclairess » 08 Jun 2019, 20:06

Hello all! Did you find yourself drawn more to the cyber war or the love triangle?

I believe there is an even mix of politics and suspense as well as love and relationships.
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Post by AntonelaMaria » 09 Jun 2019, 14:11

Sinclairess wrote:
08 Jun 2019, 20:06
Hello all! Did you find yourself drawn more to the cyber war or the love triangle?

I believe there is an even mix of politics and suspense as well as love and relationships.
For me by the time the cyber war part came about I was already not really caring about the book. But I do find that part more likable as romance is off for me in this one. I wish that romance went in a more suspense action way.

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Post by 56lives » 10 Jun 2019, 04:18

I was very much for the cyber warfare. This is a new kind of warfare that is gaining ground in the world, due to advances in information technology. It looks passive from the outside but it can have much more devastating and disruptive power than conventional warfare.

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Post by Helene_2008 » 10 Jun 2019, 20:06

I'll admit I was more for the cyber war. I thought people's reactions in the love triangle were strange and I couldn't get into it. I really enjoyed when Glenn, Tim, and Garth get Major Skyler away from his men and watch the test drones on the White House lawn

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Post by VernaVi » 11 Jun 2019, 00:37

I preferred the cyber war by the end of the book. I was disappointed by the romance since it turned out to be a one-night-stand that sort of up-ended the whole plot somewhat. It didn't go where I had hoped it would. I was hoping for something a little more spy/action with some romance. I did like the nerd squad though!

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Post by Sinclairess » 11 Jun 2019, 15:55

56lives wrote:
10 Jun 2019, 04:18
I was very much for the cyber warfare. This is a new kind of warfare that is gaining ground in the world, due to advances in information technology. It looks passive from the outside but it can have much more devastating and disruptive power than conventional warfare.
You are correct. I found it so fascinating that they could wage a war without being near the enemy. At times the romance made me forget how important their mission was. Perhaps if it was a separate story there would be more room to expand on the importance of this contemporary type of warfare.
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Post by Sinclairess » 11 Jun 2019, 15:56

Helene_2008 wrote:
10 Jun 2019, 20:06
I'll admit I was more for the cyber war. I thought people's reactions in the love triangle were strange and I couldn't get into it. I really enjoyed when Glenn, Tim, and Garth get Major Skyler away from his men and watch the test drones on the White House lawn
That part was quite entertaining! Felt like a movie. :)
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Post by eastandalchemy » 12 Jun 2019, 04:46

When I was younger, I was always drawn to the romance within novels. However, as an adult, it's more difficult for me to relate to most romantic relationships in books, and this was no exception. The cyber warfare was definitely what kept me engaged in this story.

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Post by DC Brown » 12 Jun 2019, 09:58

Helene_2008 wrote:
10 Jun 2019, 20:06
I'll admit I was more for the cyber war. I thought people's reactions in the love triangle were strange and I couldn't get into it. I really enjoyed when Glenn, Tim, and Garth get Major Skyler away from his men and watch the test drones on the White House lawn
That was my favorite scene as well. Garth and Tim were the most believable characters in the book, IMHO

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Post by briellejee » 13 Jun 2019, 08:56

I was drawn more on the cyber war. I couldn't care less for the love triangle since I never liked the characters enough, except for Glenn.
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Post by Katherine Smith » 13 Jun 2019, 18:11

I was more interested in the cyber part and the political parts of the book. I thought that the introduction of the romance was a little weird and it didn't seem to flow with the book. I am always interested in how accurate science fiction based books are when comparing them against current society. Most of the characters were lacking in their development except for a few that stood out.
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Post by Nisha Ward » 14 Jun 2019, 07:27

As much as the cyberwarfare aspect irks me, I like it way more than the romance so far. The cheating aspect left a terrible impression on me and then I just could not get into it after that.
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Post by SunVixen » 15 Jun 2019, 10:18

56lives wrote:
10 Jun 2019, 04:18
I was very much for the cyber warfare. This is a new kind of warfare that is gaining ground in the world, due to advances in information technology. It looks passive from the outside but it can have much more devastating and disruptive power than conventional warfare.
Cyber warfare is more interesting to me than romance. This is something new. Something that did not occur in previous times. Romance is always just romance.

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Post by briellejee » 15 Jun 2019, 22:54

Nisha Ward wrote:
14 Jun 2019, 07:27
As much as the cyberwarfare aspect irks me, I like it way more than the romance so far. The cheating aspect left a terrible impression on me and then I just could not get into it after that.
Same. It was way better than the romantic aspect. The cheating was like the most part that was given attention more than the occuring cyberwar.
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Post by Nisha Ward » 16 Jun 2019, 08:09

briellejee wrote:
15 Jun 2019, 22:54
Nisha Ward wrote:
14 Jun 2019, 07:27
As much as the cyberwarfare aspect irks me, I like it way more than the romance so far. The cheating aspect left a terrible impression on me and then I just could not get into it after that.
Same. It was way better than the romantic aspect. The cheating was like the most part that was given attention more than the occuring cyberwar.
Yeah. It felt like a subplot rather than the main part of the novel, so much so that I have to wonder how much research was actually done in comparison to the pregnancy aspect?
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