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The Divinity Bureau Paperback – September 21, 2017
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Exhilarating! A must read! --Camilo Iribarren, author of Conjuring Deception
About the Author
Tessa Clare is the author of The Divinity Bureau.
When she s not writing, she s the Managing Director of Asset Creative House, where she s known for her enthusiastic speeches and being one of the few authors with a passion for marketing.
Throughout her early career, she was 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 manager for Vacasa, whose business model and revolutionary marketing strategies would later inspire the groundwork for Asset Creative House. 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. Originally self-published in 2016, the story was taken off the market when Tessa decided to retell it as a first person story. It s set to be re-released in September 2017.
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This book has Shanannigans written all over it, so naturally, I could not refuse! And I’m glad I didn’t because it was pretty good.
The Divinity Bureau (Release Date: September 2017)
A world crippled with overpopulation.
A government deciding who lives and who dies.
A boy fighting for the girl he loves.
In the aftermath of the discovery of immortality, the world finds itself suffering from overpopulation, a failing economy, pollution, and a world in turmoil. The government only has one solution: implement an agency that is responsible for keeping the population sustainable – an agency known as the Divinity Bureau.
When IT assistant Roman Irvine gets romantically involved with a nineteen year old college student on their list, he finds himself unraveling the secrets of the bureau and thrust into the politics of deciding who lives and who dies. Meanwhile, when April McIntyre finds her own life in peril, she struggles with an impossible choice: does she accept her fate or does she fight – even at the expense of the man she loves?
Sounds good, doesn’t it?
What’s really cool, is that I just finished watching the first season of the series, 3% on Netflix, and there is beautiful symmetry between this show and Tessa’s book. If you know anything about the show, you will know it’s also about a dystopian future where the planet is crippled by overpopulation. (Note: The show and Tessa’s book are not related)
Like the TV show, The Divinity Bureau has a very controversial and wholly unfair way of dealing with the problem. While the parts of the population that can afford it, tote immortality as the be all, end all, for humanity, “The Divinity Bureau” holds a special election. Anyone over the age of 100 is eligible and if you’re randomly elected, you are executed. You know, to make room for more people. Other places put procreation bans in place but here, the government decides who lives and who dies.
Like any government, this one is rife with corruption. Can you guess how this might affect the populace?
The Divinity Bureau is a fascinating read. It’s told from a multiple person POV, in this case, Roman and April’s, so we get an in-depth look at this government regulated practice and how it affects people. It is very well-written, exciting, and has the best parts of many popular dystopian books sprinkled into the landscape. It did go on a tad too long, but it’s forgivable because the story is so good.
If this kind of thing floats your boat, then it’s a must read. I heartily give it my stamp of approval!
Reads & Reels (Blog)
The first thing I must comment on is Tessa Clare's world building. In a dystopian novel, (my favorite kind of novel mind you so I am very picky!) I am such a stickler for good world building. It has to make sense as to why the world is the way it is and it has to be believable. The world of The Divinity Bureau was all that and more! Tessa Clare went into lots of detail about the structure of the overpopulated world and how it got to be that way. I really appreciate that attention to detail. I hate it when authors just expect the reader to accept that the world is screwed up with no explanation as to why.
Next the characters: I felt like I knew Roman. He was such a believable and relatable character (I too have a master's degree and still struggle to find work!) April was the strong female lead that I CRAVE for in all Young Adult lit! Yes, it is a love story between her and Roman but she is not the type of helpless, sappy, weak female lead whose life depends and revolves around her romantic endeavors. She is strong with or without Roman but like all great relationships, both April and Roman bring out the best in each other.
I also loved that we got both Roman and April's point of view. The chapters alternated to both Roman and April telling parts of the story. It was extremely well done. Reminded me of everything I loved about Marie Lu's Legend.
I don't have much bad to say about this book. I didn't feel like it drug in any place and the story really moved and pushed forward.
This book is set to be released on both Amazon and Barnes and Nobel on September 21st. So is it worth your time and hard earned money? Short answer: absolutely!! If you are looking for a fun, action packed, romantic, plot driven book then look no further than The Divinity Bureau by Tessa Clare!
Read more of my reviews on novelsandhops.wordpress.com