Book Review: The Divinity Bureau

The Divinity Bureau


Title – The Divinity Bureau  (Website, Goodreads)

Author – Tessa Clare (Website, Goodreads)

Published – September 21st 2017

Genre – Fiction

Summary – 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 started reading The Divinity Bureau on a long car trip and was HOOKED. Four hours into the ride I forced myself to set it down because I didn’t want the story to end. (Aaaand later that week, I finished it in one sitting.)


Dystopian world. Forbidden love. Real characters.

All these things intermingled, and wonderfully written, created a fantastic book!

I’m usually not a huge “the government is corrupt; let’s overthrow it” type of reader so I was a bit weary at first. Yes, The Divinity Bureau‘s storyline does rely on the corrupt government, but it also relies on technology advances, immortality, and pollution. Plus, the story was actually realistic.

What I’m trying to get across is that the book is not solely hinged on taking down The Divinity Bureau. Roman and April just wanted to live and be together.

Which takes me to my next point: forbidden love. Yes, he is working for the Divinity Bureau. But he is just an I.T. guys who fixes their tech tickets and miscellaneous coding requests. In my eyes, he is not at all part of the corruption…just, ya know, works for them.

They meet because Roman saw that there was a 19-year-old on the list. How is that possible? Must have been a glitch. He goes to meet her.

Love at first sight, right? Nope. Tessa writes it better than that! Their first date didn’t actually go very well. Throughout the story, the relationship struggles, communication, and trust were done right in my eyes. I think it would have been ruined if the relationship was gushy. (The synopsis on goodreads says it is a The Hunger Games meets Romeo and Juliet, but I think the romance is more like Four and Tris’ relationship from Divergent.)


In case you were too lazy to read all that.. 🙂

Last Words:

Good job Tessa!!

The Divinity Bureau

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