Published by HarperCollins Australia on July 8, 2014
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.
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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