Title: The Divinity Bureau by Tessa Clare
Publication Date: September 21, 2017
Genre: Romance/Sci-Fi/ Dystopian
The Hunger Games meets Romeo and Juliet in a stunning debut about a forbidden romance between a young activist and a government employee 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 lead to pollution, a crippled economy, and a world in crisis, he’s accepted the bureau’s activities as a necessity… 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. But he’s also sweet and loyal, and unbeknownst to her, he saved her life. As Roman and April fall deeper in love, the deeper they’re 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 Bureau controls who lives and who dies in a world where overpopulation is a problem due to a technology called BIONs, which when put into your body renders you immortal. Roman has worked for The Divinity Bureau for two years in IT support, which although he doesn’t think it’s the best job he could get with his Master’s degree, it pays the bills. Until he meets April McIntyre, a feisty nineteen year old who’s name has ended up on the ‘election’ list for those who are scheduled to die, just a year after her politician father Henrik died. Roman removes her name but it is just the beginning of something far deeper…
Written in the first person, the chapter alternate between Roman and April’s perspectives. I found it quite a quick and easy read.
It is definitely romance with a bit of Sci-fi and dystopia on the side (I would have liked it a little heavier on the Sci-fi/dystopia but that’s just me). Roman is a very sweet and shy character which seems like the polar opposite of April who is headstrong and not afraid to say what she’s thinking. I did find April annoying and a little spoilt at times but she is meant to be as the super rich daughter of a politician but she grows throughout the story into someone a lot more likeable.
As for the story I would have liked to find out a little bit more about the interesting world/society that Tessa Clare invented. Also there was the potential for a lot more action/mystery which I felt wasn’t really capitalised on.
Unfortunately as the story progressed I felt there was quite a few plot holes/grammatical mistakes. There was also a fair bit of repetition and going over the same things again and again, like for instance the fact that Roman had a Master’s degree and wasn’t using it to it’s full potential was one that stood out.
Overall an easy read with plenty of aww moments, I think is perfect if you’re looking for a romance story with a twist.
Tessa Clare is the author of The Divinity Bureau. When she’s not writing, she’s an entrepreneur, an activist, a speaker, and the Managing Director of Asset Creative House.
Born in 1992, she started her early career as a concession stand attendant, a busgirl, a barista, a player’s club representative for a casino, and an administrative assistant. She also spent years working as a corporate manager, where the groundwork for Asset Creative House was inspired. The Divinity Bureau is Tessa’s debut novel about a forbidden love between a young activist and a government employee working for a corrupt bureau, set in a dystopian world.
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