The Divinity Bureauby Published 21 Sep 2017
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The world is overpopulated.
As resources dwindle and pollution throws the world in chaos, it's up to a government agency known as The Divinity Bureau to decide who lives and who dies.
However, when IT Technician Roman Irvine sees a nineteen-year-old girl sentenced to die, he can't help but wonder if there's more than what meets the eye.
When April meets Roman, she immediately doesn't trust him. After all, he works for the same government agency that sentenced her father to die just a year earlier.
But Roman is also sweet, kind, intelligent, and impossibly difficult to forget. As the two fall into a passionate but forbidden affair, the deeper they fall into the politics of deciding who lives and who dies.
The Hunger Games meets Romeo and Juliet in this addicting must-read.
The Divinity Bureau Reviews
I give The Divinity Bureau by Tessa Clare 5 out 5 of Romantic Dystopian Stars! Wow, what a book! I haven’t read a dystopian novel in a while and after reading this story I will be sure to pick up more for sure. Even though this was a bit of a slow read in the beginning, I was captivated from Chapter One!😄 I fell in love with the characters and loved seeing April and Roman’s romance unfold.
I highly enjoyed how this story was told from a dual perspective and how the plot was nice and solid. The intensity, danger, betrayal and romance made this a YA masterpiece that I won’t soon forget. This story was action packed and think it would make an excellent film. I was up late turning pages and was just stunned at how quickly I devoured this novel. My only problem Ms. Clare is that I have to wait for more! To find more of this review and others please visit touchmyspinebookreviews.com
I haven't read a good dystopian book in a while, so I was ready to read this one after I read the summary! It's told in dual perspective between Roman and April, and I actually loved both characters and the chemistry between them was perfection! I was surprised that I read it as quick as I did because I normally read dystopian pretty slow! The book was totally addicting with plenty of feels, and I need book two ASAP!
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I think the description included in the synopsis for The Divinity Bureau of "Hunger Games meets Romeo and Juliet" was pretty spot on, with the world split into have nots vs the haves, as well as the almost impossible love between the two main characters (except not painful like Romeo and Juliet, because I really hate that play!). There was some hard world stuff, including death and poverty, but there was also hope and suspense that kept the pacing of the plot engaging and a fast read.
I am such a sucker for dystopian stories, mainly because the future could potentially be terrifying and fiction is a great medium to vocalize fears, hopes, crazy twists, science experiments, terror... Pretty much anything is possible and I love seeing all the different directions that authors will take their futures in. Divinity Bureau was was a realistic, science filled, dark version of what the world could be if we create technology that can cure people of illness, basically making humans immortal and overpopulation an imminent issue. A yearly lottery will select who will have their life ended since resources are short and space limited. But really, who is in control of the selected people, and what if corruption is the reason someone is selected?
And yes, there is romance, what kind of world would it be for me to read something without at least a little romance thrown in? I will admit that I was a little hesitant about how the romance would play out (because let's be honest, Romeo and Juliet did not have a positive outcome!) but I was willing to give it a try. The narration alternated at chapters between Roman and April, letting the reader see into the lives and motivations of both characters. I loved Roman right from the start, he was cute, quirky, awkward and sincere and I instantly rooted for him to get his happily ever after, whatever that may be in this sad world. He wanted to keep his head down and just do his job, but his morality and conscience got the best of him. The only downside to Roman was his repetition at times, talking about his education and years working repeatedly until I wanted to force him to stop. April and I had a much more rocky start because I could not relate to her, she seemed slightly unemotional and disconnected but by the end of the book I liked her character growth and choices. I did find it interesting in the author's note after the story that she also had a hard time relating to April, which makes me wonder if that is really how she is subconsciously suppose to be.
Overall I thought this was a really enjoyable read that I am glad I had the opportunity to pick up. Besides the interesting world building, the slow building romance was the best part- no insta-love here, just the run of the mill crush turns to misunderstanding turns to real love over time. I look forward to more from Tessa in the future.
I am voluntarily reviewing a complimentary copy of this book.
The world is over populated and has limited resources for the populous. The Divinity Bureau has stepped up to take care of this situation by creating a random selection method to start thinning the herd or killing people. Of course people believe that this is all for the best until a rebel group starts pointing out that it’s convenient that a select group is never chosen from for this lottery.
Enter Roman Irvine, a technician at The Divinity Bureau. All he does is stare at a computer screen full of names on a daily bases. That is until he sees the name April McIntyre. April’s father was a political that was open about who was in the selection process and was chosen to die. April knows his death was a cover for The Divinity Bureau and is one of the rebels trying to get the information out to the people.
When Roman see’s April’s name on his computer, he knows that he has to protect her. April see’s Roman as a cog in The Divinity Bureau’s machine. But the come to an uneasy truce arises where Roman and April are going to have to work together. Of course there is a beautiful relationship that comes from this.
Everyone knows I’m a sucker for a great dystopian series and The Divinity Bureau is going on the top of that list. You have a well-developed world that sucks you into the struggles of Roman and April. I loved the “great” idea of how to control the over-whelming population. Of course those of power and influence would come up with this kind of solution. It also works well for those that try to bring attention to the down falls.
But better than that struggle is the sweet romance of Roman and April. They are nearly polar opposites but come together to end this mindless killing. You couldn’t ask for a better couple.
This is a great first book from Tessa Clare and I can’t wait to read what she comes up with next. This is one book you HAVE to add to your collection.
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The Divinity Bureau is a dystopian novel written by Tessa Clare, placed in a world where people have to die in order for more people to live. This is Tessa's debut novel, the idea was born during a hard time for her, so in a way, it's a very personal book. Because of this, it's a book that shows hope, pain, frustration, and desperation.The story is about two teenagers, Roman and April, whose lives could not be more different, living in a world where immortality is possible and the resources are extremely limited. The Divinity Bureau was born, an institution in charge of dealing with this issue by randomly selecting people to 'sacrifice' for the greater good. As truths are revealed they will get closer and fight towards the same goal: protect their loved ones.I really liked this book, especially the story. It was interesting to see this world, where immortality was a possibility, where because of our actions, or rather lack of them, there's so much pollution people have to wear a face mask, where there are not enough resources for everyone, overpopulation was such a big problem, they had to resort to sacrificing people so that others might live. I especially appreciated that the author showed a lot of the conflicts we see nowadays, like corruption, like powerful people and institutions being over the people's voice. I appreciated that she showed that in a dystopian world, where something like this actually happened, it would be almost impossible to have a fair decision over who lives and who dies. I think it was a bonus to the story, aside from making it more realistic. A decision as big as that, it would have to be utterly and completely random, and even then, how to know that killing someone was fairer than letting someone else live. This book made me ask myself these very questions and much more, and for that I am grateful.I liked the characters, to be honest, I liked Roman much more than April, I think he was smart, funny, cute and kind. April wasn't bad, she just wasn't my favorite, and let's just say I'm not a fan of impulsive or rushed decisions, which she makes basically...all the time, I liked her determination and strong beliefs though.As I mentioned before, I think the world was very interesting, the characters were enjoyable, and the writing style made it easier for me to read, I'd recommend it if you're in a reading slump and need something that will catch your attention quickly, however, I have to say although it did catch my attention quickly, there were some chapters where I thought the story was a little bit slow; or if you like stories that will make you question life and the way we live it.Where the ending is concerned, I'm not disappointed, I think with the way the story was developing, it was a good ending, but I do wonder if we'll be seeing more books with these characters.It's an entertaining, thought-provoking novel, with a unique story. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Worth reading, I recommend it to anyone who loves dystopian novels with a great and intriguing story, a cute romance, and filled with questions about life, pain, and hope.