The Divinity Bureau
by Tessa Clare
My rating: 5 stars
Publisher: Asset Creative House; 2 edition (September 21, 2017)
Publication Date: September 21, 2017
Genre: Dystopian Romance
Print Length: 327 pages
The Hunger Games meets Romeo and Juliet in a stunning debut about a forbidden romance between a young activist and a government employee working for a corrupt bureau that controls the population by deciding who lives and who dies.
Roman Irvine is a disgruntled IT Technician for the Divinity Bureau, a government agency that uses random selection to decide who lives and who dies. In a world where overpopulation has led to pollution, a crippled economy, and a world in crisis, he has accepted the bureau’s activities as a necessity. That is until he meets April McIntyre.
April has every reason to be suspicious of Roman. He works for the Divinity Bureau, which sent her father to an early grave. However, he is also sweet and loyal, and unbeknownst to her, he saved her life. As Roman and April fall deeper in love, the deeper they are thrust into the politics of deciding who lives and who dies. Someone wants April dead. And the bureau’s process of random selection may not be so random after all.
The Divinity Bureau by Tessa Clare
An unlikely love story in a dystopian world where THE DIVINITY BUREAU decides who shall live and who shall die. Once again, corruption in government has taken world overpopulation, under production and deadly pollution and turned it to its own advantage by selecting who can “live forever” and who has been elected to die. Meanwhile, the population blindly assumes everything is for their own good until a group of activists begin to create a groundswell of rebellion.
Roman works for the Divinity Bureau in IT. he see a computer screen all day long, names flow past, but they don’t register as humans until one name stands out, one name slated to die and he cannot fathom why. April is young, intelligent and the daughter of a political figure who was “elected” to die. She knows her father still had much to give the world. She knows there is more to the Divinity Bureau than meets the eye, she is one of the growing number of activists and rebels making themselves heard. For her, Roman could be "the enemy."
What Roman sees is the girl of his dreams, but she is mistrustful of a man who would work for such monsters. In a tale told through both Roman and April’s eyes, love will grow in a world that has grown cold and its leaders are not to be trusted. Witnessing Roman’s less than suave approach and April’s clear amusement with his bumbling nature, these two make a formidable team when they realize that, just maybe they can make a difference and just maybe no one has the right to play god with humanity. Meanwhile, their budding romance seems far removed from the nightmares of their reality, but someone has to change the world…
Tessa Clare has taken just a slice of a dystopian world filled with death and darkness and allowed some sunshine in with young love! Not only are we given food for thought, but we see that love can grow in the bleakest of times! I enjoyed this read from start to a finish because it didn’t start out as a “Rebel’s Cause” type read, it started out as a love story that grew with all of the human pitfalls we can relate to as well as characters that grew before our eyes!
I received a complimentary copy from Tessa Clare!