AUS Giveaway & Review: Four: A Divergent Collection By Veronica Roth

July 21, 2014 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 4 stars, Books, Giveaways, Reviews

AUS Giveaway & Review: Four: A Divergent Collection By Veronica RothFour: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth
Published by HarperCollins Australia on July 8, 2014
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Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
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Fans of the Divergent series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth will be thrilled by Four: A Divergent Collection, a companion volume that includes four pre-Divergent stories plus three additional scenes from Divergent, all told from Tobias's point of view.

Readers first encountered Tobias as "Four" in Divergent. His voice is an integral part of Allegiant. Readers will find more of this charismatic character's backstory told from his own perspective in Four: A Divergent Collection. When read together, these long narrative pieces illuminate the defining moments in Tobias's life. The first three pieces in this volume—"The Transfer," "The Initiate," and "The Son"—follow Tobias's transfer from Abnegation to Dauntless, his Dauntless initiation, and the first clues that a foul plan is brewing in the leadership of two factions. The fourth story, "The Traitor," runs parallel with the events of Divergent, giving readers a glimpse into the decisions of loyalty—and love—that Tobias makes in the weeks after he meets Tris Prior.

Includes three exclusive scenes!

Just when I thought Divergent was over, the Four: A Divergent Collection shares his story like we’ve never heard before.

I wasn’t a fan of Four’s perspective in Allegiant, because that wasn’t the Four that we had come to know through Tris. He was vulnerable and full of self-doubt, and it was a surprise to see that side of him so far into the series. So when I picked up this book, I was prepared for what his ‘voice’ would sound like, and I was eager to find out who the real Four was.

The four novellas cover key moments of his character development, from his Choosing Ceremony (The Transfer), induction into Dauntless (The Initiate), being offered Dauntless leadership (The Son) and my favourite – his perspective from his meetings with Tris as a Dauntless instructor (The Traitor).

My mother presented me with two options yesterday: be a pawn of Dauntless, or become factionless. But there’s a third option: to be neither. To align myself with no one in particular. To live under the radar, and free. That’s what I really want – to shed all the people who want to form and shape me, one by one, and learn instead to form and shape myself. 

Four was always an unsolved mystery to me, even after the events of Allegiant. He was never really good at expressing himself and opening up to others. These novellas will address those unanswered questions, like how he came to know about the attack on Abnegation and why his character seemed so different in the last book. It was great seeing what was running through his head as he met Tris and where his protectiveness and attraction came from, which was excellent for the relationship development. It was also interesting seeing what he was up to behind the scenes in the control room and the Dauntless headquarters, and it turns out there’s a bit more to the story than we originally thought.

The side characters also have a large presence, including familiar faces such as Zeke, Max, Tori, Jeanine and of course Marcus. Here we will meet his support network and discover how the tensions between him and Eric were formed. He also shares some of his thoughts about the new initiates in the first Divergent book, which was interesting, alternate perspective to the original.

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If you enjoyed Divergent, I would recommend reading Four: A Divergent Collection which would have been perfect prior to picking up Allegiant. It does what a novella strives to do – becoming an integral part of the series offering more in terms of the story. It features excellent character development for Four, which the original series wasn’t able to explore in great detail. It is also a reminder of how much I enjoyed Veronica Roth’s writing, even though I wasn’t the biggest fan of the last book.

Rating: 4 out of 5 (see what I did there)

Thank you to Harper Collins Australia for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Which cover do you prefer? I like the black adult cover, it’s classy 🙂 

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45 responses to “AUS Giveaway & Review: Four: A Divergent Collection By Veronica Roth

  1. OddModicum Rachel

    Ooh, snazzy! I love it when they do an omnibus of 'extras' cause i love the extra content and altering points of view, but I don't need a million titles of 50 pages or less clogging up my Nook! 😉 Will absolutely track this down in ebook. I like the chic black cover, too. Its more in keeping with what I think of as the Divergent signature coverart look. Fun blog, btw!

  2. I'm so glad I did because it kind of redeemed his character for me lol. The meeting was so awesome, especially since we've read it from Tris's perspective. You kind of wonder how he bonded with her you know. Haha Eric was so irritating in the movie! Thanks Siiri!

  3. Hmm, it was actually hard to compare because it was only his pov in this book. Still similar I think, although he had a more distinct personality. Glad to hear you're keen Nara, I look forward to see what you think.

  4. Would you say that Four's voice is a lot more distinct in this one than in Allegiant? Because his narrative voice sounded exactly the same as Tris' in that book…

    Definitely excited to read this book though! I'm really looking forward to seeing those initial meeting scenes in Divergent from his POV 😀
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  5. I am SO happy to see you enjoyed this, Jeann!

    Unfortunately, I refuse to read this. After seeing Allegiant spoilers… I don't think I can ever go back to that dark place .-.

    I am glad to hear that Four's voice does improve in these short stories. I've heard that his voice was very similar to Tris' in Allegiant and that a lot of people had problems with it.

    Lovely review, Jeann!! 🙂
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  6. Yeah, Four's perspective in Allegiant was not one of my favourite things, because it was just too similar to Tris's. It would've been great if it was executed properly and felt like it was coming form the character we all loved.

    Glad to hear Four's story here is an improvement and we get some Easter Egg type knowledge 😀

  7. Cheryl Rogers

    I like to read about characters that live under the radar. This book has been offered in other giveaways and I was interested in it previously.

  8. It's perfect that you said Four would have been good to read before Allegiant because I STILL haven't read Allegiant – eeep!

    I have wanted to read the novellas for the longest time! I definitely agree with you about how Four is a huge mystery (which I suppose is part of his charm), and I cannot wait to read about hs past and why he is the way he is. ;D
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  9. I've not even read Allegiant because I spoiled myself by reading a spoilerish article! But you did say that this is perfect to read before that so maybe my reading experience will be better if I read this first since it will clear up a lot of things about Four. I do agree that he's a very mysterious character though, so I'm glad this book is able to give answers to his character, his decisions and where he's coming from in the whole series. Lovely review Jeann!
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  10. I totally agree with you that Four's POV from Allegiant is not the one that gives us the full picture of his character. So I cannot wait to read this one and see that brave and fearless Four we all know so well. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one. Great review, Jeann 🙂
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  11. Yay that you managed to see a new side to Four. I find him to be a mystery too. I haven't read Allegient yet and probably never will (since spoilers) but it's hard to imagine Four being so self-doubting. Hmm. Anyhow, you loved the meeting the best? YAYY. That's a scene I wouldn't mind reading about 😉 Yeah? I love Eric as a character, but necessarily like him as a person. It's weird.It'd be fun to see him from Four's perspective. I'm glad you enjoyed this one so much 🙂 I like the US cover though the UK one doesn't have anything wrong with it. All my paperbacks are with the UK covers anyway lol.

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  12. Allegiant just completely put me off of anything that Roth writes as harsh as that sounds. I'm not sure if I want to read anything by her in the future because she has some good ideas, but she fails at executing them well. Anyways, even if I wasn't disappointed by Allegiant, I don't think I would read this because I don't like novellas, even if there are all bunched up together. I'm glad that you enjoyed this one and got to know Four better, Jeann. It's great that you enjoyed these books.

    Great review! 🙂

  13. I think that this novellas collection is exactly what I need to finally get back into reading and finally tackle Allegiant… I haven't been able to get myself to read it since I was spoiled for the ending on Twitter on release week…

    Thanks for a great review as always, Jeann! =D
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  14. OkayI thought Four was such an interesting character in the first and second book but than I hated him in Allegiant. So i had basically said I wasn't going to read FOUR because i wasn't a fan of his POV but now you have me reconsidering! Especially since you make it sound like THERES SO MUCH MORE TO FOUR and I LIKE MORE!
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  15. I found Four to be a really interesting character–and while I am still unsure of my feelings about ALLEGIANT, I am definitely looking forward to see what this book has to offer. (By the way I'm pretty sure I got my Tweet link and Add to Shelf link mixed up. Sorry about that.)
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  16. Still not sure whether to read this one. I loved Divergent but the next two…not at all. Especially Allegiant *shakes fist* And Tobias' character really annoyed me in Allegiant. He sounded so whiny. But I think it's interesting to compare the points of view of two different characters, when they're in the same situation. 😉
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