No Money to Divorce

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The strongest force in battle x the man on the supreme throne

This was an era where artificial intelligence determined the direction of human life. The most infamous enemy to the Federation, the supreme commander of the Navi Military Command, Adrian Yate, and the youngest representative councilor of the Supreme Council, Zhong Yan, were matched up by the AI as the most optimal marriage candidates to each other.

If they reject the AI’s optimal recommendation, they had to pay the fine.

Adrian: Why should I pay? I don’t have money, so scram!

Zhong Yan: I don’t have money either.

AI: If the fine is not paid within the time limit, congratulations to your unification.

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没钱离婚
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jazzva
New jazzva rated it
July 14, 2020
Status: c31
It was quite good. However, sadly it looks like you have to pay from 31 onwards. So unless anyone has any suggestions sadly I can't read any further
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takame
takame
October 7, 2019
Status: Completed
Military gong x politician shou. Love the OP couple, they balance each other out. I LOL at the translation describing the shou as "murderous bunny".

I'm so guilty loving the blood drama in the beginning. The saying "thin line between love and hate" is real on this Interstellar romeoxjuliet couple. I can't really fault their actions bec the individual flashback explained their behavior later. The circumstance & their opposite way of thinking created a painful 7yrs of separation. And produced the angst I so loved.

I was a crying mess at the... more>> part
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when the almost dying gong requested "Tell me you like me even if it's a lie so I could die happy." Then the shou cried bitterly and my tearducts just exploded.

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What I'm appreciative about is that the drama between the couple did not persist needlessly (like other novels) but got resolved around half of the story so readers had the chance to see them get lovey, heal and grow their love as it got closer to the actual, final antagonist.

And the bunnies! Don't forget the bunnies. 💘 I'd love to binge read this again after the english translation finished. <<less
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Vrio
Vrio rated it
October 1, 2019
Status: c10
I'm enjoying by now this one. And at last the marriage thing has a better logic than other novels.

MC and ML characters are pretty distinctive and DO really have reason for the choice they made, be School close friends (almost school's sweethearts) or Political Enemies at opposite sides.

The only downside is how they act like children with one other instead... but oh well is part of 'misunderstandings' tag.
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Addison
Addison
December 10, 2019
Status: --
I will not rate it in respect for all those who really liked the story.

And it is a good story. Very well written, that itself deserves 5 stars. Even if it's a futuristic setting is very logical and reasonable. And the translation is impeccable.

But I found the shou ZY very unlikeable. The author tried to explain his actions as well as finding excuses. But no. He was still a power greedy who backstabbed his best friend/lover only to have power. So for me is a No No. Not my coup... more>> of tea. I don't like betrayal between main characters. Even more so when there is no remorse.

So this review is only my personal opinion influenced by my taste.

But I'm not done with the novel so he might (I hope) redeem himself in my eyes. Then I'll definitely come back to delete this. So please no hate! <<less
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MonikaP
MonikaP rated it
May 21, 2020
Status: c79
I hardly write reviews because I can't put my thoughts into words articulately. But I was reading certain reviews of this novel where the character of Zhong Yan was criticised for being weak and deceiver (in the reviews below). That made me sad so I am making an exception. He is a classic case of why we say not to judge a person without knowing his background and experiences in life. In my opinion, Zhong Yan is one of the most realistic characters who is strong, independent and has his... more>> own thoughts on life and morals. As you read further, you will understand his motives and the fact that he loved Adrian so much and protected him in his own way. The person in the review below who said that he is a weak willed bottom hasn't actually seen or read one. I absolutely adore Zhong Yan much more than Adrian if I may say so. Please give this novel a chance. &Lt;3<3 <<less
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veancie
veancie rated it
November 6, 2019
Status: c60
MTLed some of the chapters. The rating doesn't give this novel justice, I think. I thought this would be an arranged marriage situation where both parties start as strangers.

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But no, this novel does a really really good dish of best friends to enemies to lovers, a trope I'm particularly weak for.

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The MC (our gong) is reasonably stubborn, while the ML (our shou) is reasonably timid towards MC. The development in their relationship has a really REALLY good pace.

This novel is definitely one of my current favorites, and I can't wait to finish it. I hope more people would give love to this novel. <<less
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Chelsey Smith
Chelsey Smith
May 15, 2020
Status: c15
I'm genuinely confused to why this whole review section is so anti ZY. I fail to understand why AY assumed that his friend, no matter how close he was to him would have to agree with his convictions. He fails to realise that even the urge and the means and the self assurance to rebel is a privilege of his well-off background. He refused communication and claims to know ZY better than anyone but for some reason cannot see the borderline unhealthy dependency ZY has for him. I am excited... more>> to reach the part where the misunderstandings are cleared... am already spent. <<less
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ike_00000
ike_00000
May 5, 2020
Status: c10
Not gonna vote because tbh my vote wouldn't be fair as atm I'm not really in the mood for a story as dramatic as this one. So far, I will say that it is quite interesting, but tbh the ML just makes me so mad. He feels so self-justified, such a troupe-y weak bottom that just causes trouble even though MC is always like "ML is so strong and powerful and calm etc etc". Yes I get power and money are really important to him due to his upbringing, but... more>> basically, he lied and pretended to be someone that he's not to our MC for three years as best friends and then betrayed him for that power and money. I really can't read this story from any other perspective. I assume author will portray him in a better light as the story goes on, but as of now I just can't... <<less
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PotatoCakes
PotatoCakes rated it
March 10, 2020
Status: c100
It's fluffy yet intriguing. MC and ML are clearly both in love with each other, but due to circumstances and misunderstandings, they are unable to be together. Unlike most stories with misunderstandings - this one is believable and intriguing. Even without the romance, you want to know what happens in the world.

The plot is deep and the political intrigue is full of twists and turns. Surrounding this is also a boatload of fluff and moments that squeeze your heart. Truly a well written story.
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chrissy987
chrissy987 rated it
December 6, 2019
Status: c71
I thought I was gonna casually pick up a BL novel to pass the time but this one is a hidden gem! I love the character settings, especially how ZY is NOT a whimpy little kid who can't do anything without his man to protect him. He is a murderous bunny and he will come to play. And I love the cliche parts, the intriguing part, the world building, etc. ALL OF IT OKAY

Thanks to translator Helliot and team for your hard work!
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karwasama
karwasama rated it
June 27, 2020
Status: c100
This has to be among my favorite interstellar BL novels of all time.

There was the perfect amount of romance, angst, humor, political intrigue, and world building to keep me hooked throughout all 100 chapters. Coincidentally, No Money to Divorce also contains all of my favorite tropes (friends to enemies to lovers, betrayal, a bickering but also doting couple, childhood friends, a balanced power dynamic between the MC and the ML, etc) which only made me love it more.

However, there are two things I just need to get off my chest... more>> regarding this novel. The first is the "hate" other readers have for the ML (the shou), which I think is 100% unreasonable, and the second is my complaints regarding the MC as a character. This rant is probably going to be riddled with spoilers, so if you don't want to know what happens, I would skip whatever is between the asterisks.

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The main conflict between the MC (the gong) and ML is the ML "betraying" the MC during their school years. In the world they live in, there is a god-like AI (Butterfly) that dictates everyone's future based on calculations and observational data. The Supreme Council more or less managed that AI, and the people of this era are split into those that support the Supreme Council (and thus Butterfly) and those that don't. The MC is very adamant throughout his life that he is anti-AI, and the ML is well aware of this as his roommate and best friend.

The ML and MC attend a prestigious school reserved for the best of the best and this institution serves as a model example for Butterfly's success. At the end of their education, the AI will recommend them their optimal career. Because the MC does not support Butterfly, he straight-out rejects the recommendation, but the ML, who is recommended to hold a seat on the Supreme Council, accepts wholeheartedly. The MC is subsequently furious and breaks off all communication with the ML.

With just the surface level information above, I can understand why some may think the ML is a conniving backstabber -- however, there is so much more to consider.

First of all, MC's decision to oppose AI comes with his incredible privilege. He is born to a family with enormous power and wealth. He doesn't explicitly need Butterfly because all his material desires and needs are met. The only real problem he has with AI is his lack of privacy, which is still a valid cause, but it comes off as incredibly privileged of him in my opinion.

On the other hand, ML is an orphan who suffered much abuse in the foster care system. A couple takes him in only to abandon him when they conceive their own child, and in order to keep up appearances, they lie and say the reason they're returning him to the orphanage is because he stole. As a result, the ML is beaten and even gets the word "Thief" permanently carved into his skin. The planet this happened in did not have Butterfly, but the moment the ML is under the safety of AI, he is able to request a proper investigation and prove his innocence.

Therefore, it's pretty clear why the ML and MC have differing opinions of AI. The MC sees Butterfly as something akin to a hindrance, while the ML sees Butterfly as a savior and a means of justice. Of course, these are only their feelings as teenagers and their opinions change and develop as they mature into adults, but right now I'm only discussing the deeper machinations behind that so called "betrayal".

Additionally, I don't understand why accepting this position automatically means that the ML is a traitor. Friends can have differing opinions, right? Saying that the MC is justified to hate the ML because he has a different stance on AI is just s*upid to me. It's like saying "my best friend, who has loved and supported me for my entire life, is running for office as a Democrat when I myself am a Republican, so now I will block them and never speak to them again". You can have differing political ideologies and still be friends, you know? This just sort of highlights how spoiled and childish the MC is at times, which is why I have some issues with him, but I'll get more on that later.

I really don't see how this is a case of the ML stabbing the MC in the back for power. It's not like they both made a mutual pact to turn down the recommendation from Butterfly. Also, why should the ML give up this huge opportunity just because his friend doesn't like AI? In what world is that fair? Why should the ML cater to all of the MC's needs and not care about his own dreams or his own future?

Maybe the sense of betrayal comes from how much the MC and some readers romanticize what relationships are actually like. They think that for love, people should be willing to do anything, including giving up on their own life and devoting themselves wholeheartedly to their partner. Well, sorry to break it to you, but real life doesn't work like that. If my boyfriend made me choose between my job and him for some s*upid reason (like if I worked with phones and he didn't support 5G or whatever) I would probably choose my job -- mostly because I need money to live, but also because I feel that anyone who puts me in this situation is not, in fact, someone I want to be with.

So yeah, I have no f*cking clue why people loathe the ML so much. I guess it's because it's natural instinct to side with the MC of any novel, which is understandable. When looked at it objectively, however, the ML's "betrayal" really isn't something that makes him deserving of hate. Honestly, I just think the reason this misunderstanding blossomed out of control was because of the MC, which brings me to my next point --

-- I don't like the MC.

Take it this way. The ML was flawed, for sure. He had his wrongs. He did things I didn't like, such as manipulating the marriage match and changing his ideal partner from the MC's cousin to the MC. However, his imperfections made him human and he really went above and beyond in redeeming himself both to the audience and to the MC.

The MC, on the other hand, does not. I take issue with his behavior in general and how he presents himself to be flawless and morally superior.

To begin with, one of the main reasons he's so upset with the ML's "betrayal" is that the ML had known his stance with AI and despite having a different opinion, never told as much to him. Normally I would be on his side as I think it is a valid reason to be annoyed, but the MC has told ML multiple times that he won't bother with people who don't think like him. With that in mind, how could the ML even bring that up, especially considering how close they were? Regardless, I think it's incredibly childish of the MC to just flat-out reject anyone who disagrees with him, and this sort of behavior can be seen when he refuses to listen to the ML's explanation after he agrees to the Supreme Council recommendation.

Like, he was your best friend and someone you've had feelings for for over 3 years. You really couldn't just hear him out? I guess the MC really is that immature, because not only does he not let the ML defend himself, he also f*cking blocks the ML from all further communication. This "betrayal" could have been cleared up so much quicker, but alas, the MC is a bit of a blockhead.

I also hate how the MC feels he is so ethically flawless, especially when he compares himself to the ML. He looks down on the ML for being "corrupt" and not actually caring about humanity, but again, that's his privilege talking. The ML grew up experiencing the worst that humans can inflict on each other -- how can the ML, who hadn't experienced this kind of trauma (yes, I know his parents didn't love him, but he still had other forms of parental affection and kindness. At the very least, he wasn't subject to verbal and physical abuse like the ML) ever understand? Also, even if his motivations are self-centered, the ML still is trying to do good. What's wrong with working towards a good cause because it benefits yourself?

Actually, I find it sort of funny how the moment the ML starts doing underhanded schemes for the benefit of the MC the MC immediately adapts a "hmm well I guess I just have to accept this part of you oh look at me I just love you so much aren't I great" (mayhaps this is an exaggeration), but whatever.

My last complaint would be that because of the MC, the ML gives up so much. This isn't explicitly the MC's fault, but I don't understand how the readers who victimize the MC can still hate the ML so much after reading how much the ML does for him. In the end, the ML sacrifices the AI that cleared his name, his position on the Supreme Council, his later presidency, his own life (though he is saved later), his pride, and everything he had strived for when he was younger. In fact, it turns out the ML uses his seat with the Supreme Council to secretly aid the MC's cause by creating an anti-AI organization. The ML learned to cook and clean just for the MC. He dotes on him 24/7 and shows over and over again to the MC that he cares for him, but because of the single fact that the ML says he wouldn't give up his dream career for him, all of these things suddenly become negligible. Ugh. Jesus Christ.

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Anyway, please don't take the massive rant above as a sign that I didn't like the novel. The fact that I even had so much to say should speak to how good the this actually was, though of course, it had it flaws. Overall, I would absolutely recommend it. I rate this a 4.0/5.0 stars. <<less
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Staringatastar
Staringatastar rated it
June 9, 2020
Status: Completed
This was a surprisingly thoughtful romance novel. The setting was well-thought-out and the characters were richly developed (with the exception of perhaps some of the villains).

I quite enjoyed the political intrigue in this novel; it was very House of Cards-esque, if only Frank Underwood had a partner with a moral compass. I love how Zhong Yan doesn't wait and hope for the best -- he plots and strives using whatever means possible to get what he wants. Zhong Yan is very similar to the main character in Dexter (a TV... more>> series about a do-gooder serial killer), in that he's smart, brilliant at manipulating others, and doesn't care about the majority of mankind. However, he does care about Adrian, who in turn cares about humanity, and so acts in a way that brings about good. I loved reading about the development of the relationship between Adrian and Zhong Yan as they learn to come to accommodate each other's different opinions. They might not always agree, but they learn to move past that because they love each other. I really enjoyed how the painful misunderstandings at the beginning evolve into harmonious compromises.

There were many thought-provoking themes in the book, the primary of which is obviously the question of free will. Are centuries of peace worth humans giving up their free will? And what happens when the entity in control of all decision-making turns from benevolent to harmful? Like any dictatorship or oligarchy, the system works well whenever the leaders act in the best interest of their community, but what guarantees that these leaders or their successors won't get corrupted by the power they hold?

There's also a question of whether an AI will ever be able to understand humans with their unpredictable emotional biases. I thought it interesting that the AI government was portrayed as evil in this book, whereas a human government was portrayed as good. In my mind, a good AI-led government is probably as good as a good human one; and a bad AI-led government is probably just as bad as a bad human one. The main difference I guess is that it's easier imagining overthrowing a bad human-led government than an omnipotent AI-led one.

There are so many themes that this novel touches on. Whether motives matter if the end result is good. The importance of dissent in monitoring and identifying corruption in the establishment. How an elite education isn't just for the academic knowledge, but the community of intellectual peers it fosters. And of course, the magical luck and cuteness of space bunnies. <<less
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volcanov
volcanov rated it
May 23, 2020
Status: c91
This is an amazing story but I don't like Zhong Yang. I have never been so sure that politics was not for me because ZY is a great politician. I am trying to be balanced against my dislike of certain aspects of ZY's personality, but a lot of his actions and ideals just put me off the story. I had to skip large chunks and chapters just to be able to keep reading. That being said, I KEPT READING despite how much of an anathema ZY's mindset could be because... more>> of how great this story is. There are several other comments that love ZY, I am not one of them but I can tell you that despite not loving the shou and actively disliking him at multiple times, I still loved the story. The gong isn't even one of my favourites in all the stories that I've read. So to recap, I mildly dislike the shou and I'm indifferent to the gong, but I would still recommend this story to anyone. THAT'S HOW GOOD IT IS. Give it a try. <<less
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Shieldrich
Shieldrich rated it
November 24, 2019
Status: c64
Oh, the story is really awesome. At first I was hesitant to read this but I can't ignored my curiosity that the novel is quite interesting. Good thing, I followed my instinct. Hahaha! This is amazing and superb. The story information of each settings are in detailed way and easy to understand. I also like the progress of the protagonists, their love and hate for each other especially for the ML.

I truly recommend the story. Please try to read this. And thank you to the author for his wonderful work,... more>> to the translator for being diligent and to the editor for his time and effort. Hooray for all BL/ Shounen-ai/ Yaoi fanatics like me, actually I'm already addicted so much. 😊 <<less
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KiyanAira
KiyanAira rated it
November 5, 2019
Status: --
This one of the best danmei I read.. The translation is very clear..

MC and ML has a little bit misunderstanding... but like some novel they still get each other... I love both of their personality yan is not like other characters in the novel that doesnt stick to their personality
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earlgreyt
earlgreyt rated it
June 18, 2020
Status: Completed
Normally, I'd rate this a 4/5 for the novel, but the translation was probably one of the best translations I've ever encountered on this site, which definitely pushed the enjoyment of this story to a solid 5/5.

A great romance novel with some worldbuildy plot to pass the time with. I recommend if you like:

  • equally OP MC and ML in their respective fields
  • dramatic angst / misunderstandings / long separations followed up by reunions
  • arranged marriage trope (secret relationship trope)
  • believable conflicts of interest / priorities
  • best friends to enemies to lovers
  • domestic fluff raising bunnies
  • some worldbuilding with futuristic AI, planets, and space bunnies!
Overall very solid, great pacing and just enough plot to carry the story through (but don't get me wrong, this is primarily a fluffy romance).
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fortheluvofbl
fortheluvofbl rated it
June 15, 2020
Status: Completed
I was a little hesitant to read this novel due to some reviews but I'm glad I decided to pick it up. The novel is very interesting, quick-paced and translated very well +++ the fluff is so sweet!! (thank you Author and Translator for a great novel!) The novel starts with a huge misunderstanding but delving deeper into it you start to understand the reasons behind the misunderstanding between the MC and ML.

I honestly think this novel should be rated higher... While I can see why some readers won't like... more>> the shou ZY in the beginning, since he is not the type to sacrifice his ambitions and dream for love but I think this makes him more realistic. And even though he doesn't want to give up his goals in no way does that make him love MC any less. Throughout the novel he has his own way of showing how much his cares and cherishes MC and

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half way into the novel you will see how much he is willing to sacrifice for MC...

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