Romance vs. Politics

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Post by Kajori50 » 16 Jun 2019, 15:16

Well, cyber warfare is something that is of interest to me lately. So, I was for the cyber war aspect of the book.

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Post by Stephanie Elizabeth » 19 Jun 2019, 11:54

AntonelaMaria wrote:
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Sinclairess wrote:
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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.
I totally agree with you. The cyber part was much too late and I already had a strong distaste for the book.

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Post by AntonelaMaria » 19 Jun 2019, 16:05

Stephanie Elizabeth wrote:
19 Jun 2019, 11:54
AntonelaMaria wrote:
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.
I totally agree with you. The cyber part was much too late and I already had a strong distaste for the book.
I know right. I was wondering why author didn't make at least one of the leading characters more relatable so that we are more invested in the story.

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Post by Nisha Ward » 19 Jun 2019, 17:23

Stephanie Elizabeth wrote:
19 Jun 2019, 11:54
AntonelaMaria wrote:
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.
I totally agree with you. The cyber part was much too late and I already had a strong distaste for the book.
I wouldn't just say it was late. It was as if the book started off as a romance and the cyber part was shoved in after.
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Post by Jaime Lync » 20 Jun 2019, 17:17

SunVixen wrote:
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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.
I think that cyber warfare has been around in literature for quite a long time actually, but it might have been more on the sci-fi/fantasy genre since it wasn't generally perceived as an actual big deal.

As for romance always being romance, I would have to disagree. There are some romances that are more specifically called erotica. then there are some romances that are very flaky and unnatural. I think that romance is a genre that a lot of people dabble in, but there are only a few who seem to cater to my taste of romance fiction.

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Post by sush_destiny » 20 Jun 2019, 18:50

I like a good romance, but, it was the cyber war element that drew me to it. It adds a very unique perspective on warfare, although I would have preferred if the author hadn't waited so long to introduce that part in the book.

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Post by Daniel_ » 21 Jun 2019, 00:45

I was drawn more to the cyber war and suspense. For me, the love triangle was a distraction and a dull moment; i really don't like books on romance.

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Post by jessinikkip » 21 Jun 2019, 00:56

I don't really like romance too much, so I usually will pick almost anything over a romance, especially a love triangle! It's hard to find something that would make me choose a love triangle, it always seems to remind me of Twilight, which I didn't like.

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Post by Ekta Swarnkar » 21 Jun 2019, 03:39

I liked more the war concept, I guess its because, it covered the recent issues like growing technology. Romance on the other hand, added another angle to the story.

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Post by lisalynn » 21 Jun 2019, 06:55

I normally like the romance aspects of a book, but in this case, the cyber war wins out.

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Post by Wyland » 21 Jun 2019, 08:30

The cyber war was more relatable and pronounced as technology is the current pass time and preoccupation.

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Post by Vivianne Nat » 21 Jun 2019, 10:53

It appeared like the romance was just a side dish and the cyberwar took the main course. It was more interesting though rather than focusing again on romance.
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Post by LinaMueller » 21 Jun 2019, 12:36

The plot seems interesting, but I have to read the book to answer. There is something so catchy about cyber warfare.
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Post by EvaDar » 22 Jun 2019, 11:18

Well, I didn't get past the sample because the book did not grab me. There wasn't much cyber warfare happening in the first couple of chapters. The development of the romance didn't interest me. Maybe the author should have made the sample longer. The scene where the gentleman is ogling Cynthia as she sips the straw and sucks on the lemon was just corny and felt like outdated imagery to me. It sounds like the romance isn't resonating with the majority of readers. I'm not going to get through this one.
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Post by Sinclairess » 22 Jun 2019, 12:17

eastandalchemy wrote:
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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.
I am the same as you. It's almost as if romance reaches a certain peak that I just can't relate to either. Now that I'm an adult it takes a lot more than a few love letters in a book to engage me! :-|
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