The Divinity Bureau by Tessa Clare
Publisher: Asset Creative House
First published June 16th, 2017
Genres: Dystopian, Sci-fi, YA, Romance
* Received this copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*
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.
This was so addicting! You guys have no idea… Even working, I caught myself trying to read it, which yeah, I shouldn’t. But the lunch hour passed so fast, and I wanted to continue! Ahh, I really liked this!
So, this book talks about a world suffering from overpopulation, due to BIONs that make you immortal. The Divinity Bureau took charge by creating a random selection process where their job is basically thining the population, or if you prefer killing it, to give space to others. Some people believe it’s a good thing, others not so much, especially after discovering that that random selection might not be as random as they think.
Roman Irvine works as a technician at The Divinity Bureau. His job balances between fixing technical issues and staring at a computer screen full of names on a daily basis. Until the name, April McIntyre pops up. She is not immortal, neither is she old enough for being selected. But April’s father was important as a politician who according to some in the Burau did things differently from what they preferred. April knows his death was not casual, it was a murder, and she will do anything to prove how the Bureau is corrupt! Roman, after meeting her, starts falling for her and starts seeing things differently… Was it a glitch, her name being on the list or… was it not?
The book is divided into April’s and Roman’s POVs. They are two extremely different characters but I enjoyed both. Although I must say I do love Roman. He is the geekiest, cutest cat lover ever! He is an extremely good guy, he is respectful, sensitive and full of good intentions. Plus he has brains. He was an extremely believable character and I loved him! But more than that… I loved him with April.
April was very stubborn, always fighting, always trying her best, always doing what she thought was right. She didn’t need anyone telling her what she should and shouldn’t do. If it was the right thing, she was there, even if it wasn’t necessarily convenient. She was an inspiration and a hell of a character. Their relationship is not the typical one that I usually read about and they just fitted together like soulmates.
The world is also incredibly well described and realistic. It’s believable that our world could end up in a situation like this. The writing and the pacing were just perfect. Extremely addicting, no infodump and with a beautiful love story.
This book was, in a sense, scary for how realistic it felt. It was also addictive and bittersweet, which I always enjoy. I loved it and I would definitely highly recommend it!
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