Date Published: September 21st, 2017
Publisher: Asset Creative House
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…
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I mute the television, positive that my ears are playing tricks on me. Two months ago, Roman was certain that my mother hated him; yet here they are, standing in my hallway and joking around like old friends. Have I missed something?
“I appreciate your presence at the extension hearing,” my mother continues. “It’s nice to know that someone understands how the bureau works from the inside.”
“It’s not a big deal, honestly,” Roman says, his voice sincere. “Anyways, I didn’t really come with, since I can’t be seen with any of the elects.”
“It’s the same principle,” my mother dismisses. “The fact that you’re risking your job means the world to me. I’m sure it’ll mean a lot to April, too.”
Is he risking his job? His job is the reason that we’re in this mess! I’ll have to talk to my mom as soon as Roman leaves. In the meantime, I realize that I’m not past the resentment towards Roman for not telling me that the Divinity Bureau sentenced my mother to die, and I’m not willing to talk it out with him yet.
I turn the television off and grab my bowl of cereal from the coffee table. As quietly as I can muster, I tip-toe away from the living room. I don’t want to take the elevator, in fear that it’ll make lots of noise. Instead, I walk up four flights of stairs, silently fuming. I’m only feet away from my bedroom when I hear the elevator ding.
I freeze. It’s probably my sister, I tell myself. It could also be my mother. Just as long as it isn’t Roman – please don’t be Roman. But when I glance towards the elevator, the one person that I don’t want to see is staring back at me. His mouth hangs open, looking just as shocked to see me as I am to see him.
“Hi,” he says breathlessly.
“Hello,” I say, swallowing the lump in my throat. “What are you doing here?”
“What I wanted to do the last time I was here,” Roman says, avoiding my eyes. “Are you mad at me?”
“I don’t know,” I admit, my words betraying my mind. “On one hand, I know that what happened wasn’t your fault; but I just can’t get past the fact that you knew.” My eyebrows furrow. I take a step closer to him and wag an accusing finger at him. “You knew! And you didn’t tell me!”
MEET THE AUTHOR
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. 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.