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Four: A Divergent Collection (Divergent Series Story) Paperback – January 19, 2016
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Complete your Divergent library with Four!
Fans of the Divergent trilogy 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. This collection also makes a great pick for fans of the blockbuster movies who want to delve deeper into the character played by Theo James.
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.
Also includes three additional scenes from Divergent, told from Tobias's point of view!
And don't miss The Fates Divide, Veronica Roth's powerful sequel to the bestselling Carve the Mark!
“Fans of Divergent who can’t get enough—and maybe even the rare reader who missed the first rush—will snap up this relatively stand-alone story collection told from the perspective of Tobias (aka Four).” — ALA Booklist
“Divergent fans will thoroughly enjoy this extra bit of backstory, which is filled with names and places that became beloved in Roth’s bestselling trilogy. Roth’s storytelling retains the same mix of tension, uncertainty, and hope that made the original stories irresistible.” — Publishers Weekly
From the Back Cover
BREAKS FREE OF HIS PAST
EMBRACES HIS FUTURE
EXPOSES THE DANGERS
WILL FREE HIM
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth comes a companion volume to the bestselling divergent series, told from the perspective of the immensely popular character Tobias. The four pieces included here—The Transfer, The Initiate, The Son, and The Traitor—plus three additional exclusive scenes, give readers an electrifying glimpse into the history and heart of Tobias, and set the stage for the epic saga of the divergent trilogy.
- Publisher : Katherine Tegen Books; Reprint edition (January 19, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062421360
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062421364
- Reading age : 14 - 17 years
- Lexile measure : 850L
- Grade level : 9 - 12
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.31 x 0.72 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #21,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I really enjoyed reading about Four's assessment and choosing ceremony. The series did well to allude to and describe Tobias' relationship whit his father. However, it was wonderful to really understand him through his point of view. It really shows how the little things like the blue sculpture was a such a rebellious act of both Four and his mother. I read this after I read the series. I think it would be better to read near book one because, as a reader, I already know more than Four by this point.
I continue to enjoy Four's story as he learns to hide part of who he is and becomes Dauntless. I recommend reading this after Divergent. Once again, I know a lot more than Four. I like how this story reveals how Tobias changed. It even hints to the back tattoo that he has in the series. Of course, you have to read it to catch the clues in here. It wouldn't hurt to read this first, but it would take away from Tris' story. This is the first real appearance of some of the faults in the system. It is also the first major sign of divergence, yet to be names.
Four's past continues to show signs of whom he chooses to become. This story is where he is pulled in two new directions, he already refused his father's way in a The Initiate. He remains a rebel by choosing his own place within, yet out of, the Dauntless faction. He teeters between his his old faction and new faction as he realizes he doesn't want to be classified only as one. This is symbolized as he begins to get his tattoo that could classify him as a "faction traitor" or even, Tori named it, a Divergent. Those who are aware during simulations and "refuse" to take one faction. I enjoyed this story as it brings us closer to the days of Divergent and revelations are made. This story continues to give insight to Four's character and his actions within the trilogy.
This conclusion of the Four short stories really walk the reader through some of the same stolen moments with Tris from Divergent. However, it is from Four's point of view. It reveals how Four came to rescue Tris while she was being attacked and his view of both their fear landscapes. It also reveals how Four found out about the attack prior to it happening and how he could not count on the factionless/his mom for support, while his father did not even believe the attack was going to happen although he was suspicious if Max. I really enjoyed reading Four's perspective of some of the more emotional interactions between him and Tris. I suggest that you read Free Four before reading this because that was also a scene from Divergent in Four's pov, but it takes place before the events in this text. This story focuses on Tobias truly becoming brave as he watched the strength and courage of Tris
Four, by Veronica Roth is a the post apocalyptic prequel to the trilogy to the divergent series. This book is about the life of a character named Tobias Eaton prior to his life in the faction called dauntless. In this post apocalyptic novel, the society values five characteristics most, and they separated themselves into factions based on the one they valued most,or had the aptitude for. Each citizen is required to take an aptitude test so they can decide which faction they are most fit for. Tobias, tested for his previous faction, Abnegation. However he decides to escape his abusive father and he chooses dauntless. He went from being selfless to brave. In his new faction, he excels in his training. So much so that he ranks number one in the training. He even received the nickname "Four"(hence the title of the book), because that was his number of fears, which is a record for any dauntless member, ever. Most people had around thirteen to eighteen fears. Later he found out that he was divergent, which is very rare and most people would end up factionless if others knew. He also discovers his mother is alive and the leader of the faction less. Tobias resents her for leaving him with his father, who had abused him for years. It seems as though in that family they were all leaders, Tobias, one of ten selected to become a faction leader, his father the faction leader of abnegation, and his mother the leader of the faction less. While in his training to become leader, he discovers his faction leader was working with another faction to create a dauntless army so that one faction become leader over all the others. Tobias also meets the love of his life Tris through his experiences in the dauntless faction.
I enjoyed reading this book a lot, especially after reading the trilogy. I like seeing the life of Tobias prior to meeting Tris and his life in Dauntless. I enjoyed seeing how he found out his mother was alive, and how he excelled in his training at dauntless. I especially loved seeing how he developed from someone weak and hurting into someone who looked so strong and unbreakable, even though on the inside he was broken. Tobias somehow managed to escape the oppression of his father even though there were many risks involved in the choice. I like to believe that everyone could do that, that if we are in a situation that has no escape, we find one anyway. There is always another option whether it's obvious or not. It can be difficult and terrifying, but worth it in the end.
I would recommend this book to those who have read the Divergent series. Be warned though, it is not as good as the series itself. But it's very interesting to see how Tobias became who he was and how he changed so much. I think that this book is also good to read if you are going through challenges, it's very relatable in many ways. However, I would not recommend this book to anyone that has not read the Divergent series, make sure to read that first! Also don't read this if you didn't like the divergent series because you will like this even less. There's not a very meaty plot compared to the trilogy. There's just a little more clarifications and details you didn't get in the trilogy.
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There are also three very short stories at the end of this book too; "First Jumper - Tris!", "Careful Tris" and "You Look Good, Tris" which are a few pages long each but are a nice addition to the book and again we get to see Four's point of view in a few of the parts from Divergent.
I would have preferred to have read this book straight after Divergent if I had known it could be read then but I didn't and read this after the final book Allegiant. I would definitely recommend reading it earlier as it does add to the content of Divergent and I was a bit disappointed with the ending of Allegiant so I feel the shine was taken off this set of mini stories for me by the time I read it but I love the character Four and these stories are really interesting to read.
The Transfer tells the story of Four's own decision to leave Abnegation and you will already know the reasons why if you have read Divergent but it is really interesting to see how it all actually played out for Four and get a more in depth insight into what his life was like before Dauntless along with his own thoughts and feelings. We also meet Amar and learn how Four was given the name Four by him. A good short story and a nice insight in Four's life before Dauntless and Tris.
The Initiate tells the story of Four's own initiation into Dauntless and how the initiation process was before it was changed when Tris joins Dauntless later on. I loved where Four plays Dare and becomes friends with Zeke and Shauna along with Amar. We also meet a bit more of Lauren who is the Dauntless born trainer when Four is the transfer trainer later on. The rivalry between Eric and Four is also explored a lot more and we find out why. We also learn of the circumstances surrounding Amar's death and how Four narrowly escaped the same fate. A really good short story which I really enjoyed and revealed more information about parts I already knew along with others I didn't. A really good read for fans of the Divergent series.
The Son tells how Four discovered his mother wasn't dead and how he was lied to by his Father and the Abnegation about her. It also tells how Max originally wanted him for Eric's job and how Janine already had her claws into the Dauntless at that point. We read how Four starts to investigate what is going on between Max and Janine and how the Dauntless initiation process is changed from her inside mole Eric which later affects Tris' own initiation. We also hear how Four gets his tattoo with the different factions symbols on him. A really good insight into the Erudite interventions in Dauntless and how the pieces of the puzzle started to click together for Four along with his thoughts and feelings on discovering his mother is actually alive.
The Traitor gives Four's side of the visiting day meeting with Tris and her Mum and also shows him further investigating Max and Janine's involvement together. It tells how much Four actually helped Tris along with her initiation and how he protected her from being discovered as being a Divergent. It also tells how he continued to try to have the initiation reversed to the old ways before Eric's 'amazing' idea of only letting the top 10 initiates remain and how he tried to warn Abnegation of the attack to come along with his mother who both chose to ignore the information. We also see Tris' rescue from the Chasm from Four's point of view and have an inside sight into his developing feelings for her. I really enjoyed this story and yes I already knew pretty much all of it but again to have everything from Four's point of view was such a good read and very insightful.
A really good compilation of short stories which may be re-telling a lot of information already known from reading Divergent but are definitely worth a read to get Four's perspective on things along with additional parts that enhance the main trilogy. A definite must read for fans of the Divergent series.