Monday, October 20, 2014
REVIEW: Four: a Divergent Story Collection by Veronica Roth
Released: July 8, 2014
Description: 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.
My Review: This book was amazing! I held off of reading any of these stories until I could read the bind-up, and I'm so glad that I did. I wouldn't have wanted to wait between each one.
I didn't realize that the Divergent trilogy was initially going to be from Four's perspective, and I'm a little sad about it. The whole trilogy told by Four would have been amazing. I do understand why she went a different way, though, and I guess it makes sense.
Anyway, I loved reading the first three stories. It gave an insight to Four's background that you only get a glimpse of in the series proper. I always loved Four, and it's awesome to get to see how he became the person we meet in Divergent.
The fourth story, which takes place in the middle of Divergent, is extra special, because it's something we've already seen from a different angle. Knowing the story from Tris's perspective, it was interesting to see from the other side. We never really knew what Four was up to when he wasn't around the initiates.
I would read a dozen more stories from Four's perspective, and I would recommend this book to anyone who has read Divergent, even if they've only read the first book.