Author: Tessa Clare
Publisher: Asset Creative House
Release Date: September 21, 2017
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
A love story put in danger by a government group set on controlling the population grown out of control by any means necessary.
The Divinity Bureau is a government agency that selects who lives and who dies. The world has become over populated making it unlivable with so many people and too few resources. Roman Irvine works in the IT department and has always been complacent about his job and what it all means until he sees a name on the list he didn’t expect. April McIntyre is too young to be selected, but her name winds up on the list anyway and Roman decides he can’t overlook this time. He wants to know what kind of a person she is like. After an initial meeting, Roman quickly finds himself falling for April and wants to do anything he can to save her live. Roman finds the task of saving April’s life more difficult as someone else is determined to see April dead.
The Divinity Bureau reminds me of a cross between The Hunger Games and any number of love stories. With the danger that Roman and April find themselves in, it is no surprise that their feelings for each other grow. That part of the book, the romance, was inevitable and played out nicely. A few of the characters got on my nerves including April’s mother, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing as these characters were meant to be written that way. There were a few instances of language that didn’t work for me, particularly the vulgar language. The way that the book ends leaves it open for another to follow shows potential for it to continue. I think there is more story to be told. For a debut novel, I think Clare did a great job with the story and keeping the suspense up throughout. There are a lot of dystopian books on the market out right now but this one has a different spin to it making it stick out. I recommend this to readers that are fans of the dystopian novels on the market and also enjoy a technical aspect to the story.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.