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Four: A Divergent Collection Hardcover – July 8, 2014
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Gr 7 Up—Giving further voice to Four (Tobias Eaton), this collection of seven short stories provides the backstory of the "Divergent" trilogy and will be a hot commodity thanks to the success of the film Divergent. Fans of the novels are given access to the thoughts and emotions of one of their favorite characters, while also learning more details about secondary characters like Eric, Zeke, and Shauna. Listeners will better understand how Tobias was raised by a tyrannical father and an absent mother and how joining Dauntless was a life-changing decision that catapulted Tobias from a fearful and withdrawn boy to become Four, a strong and confident leader. Two years pass within this collection, from the first story of Four's initiation into Dauntless until he meets Tris in the final stories. Narrator Aaron Stanford provides a serious and strong voice, which captivates listeners. An excellent addition to existing "Divergent" collections.—Suzanne Dix, The Seven Hills School, Cincinnati, OH --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
“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)
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For those of us, and there are many, that were disappointed with Allegiant (Divergent Series), Veronica Roth's collection of novellas in Four: A Divergent Collection (Divergent Series) is a kind reminder that the Divergent series was really a good trilogy if only more depth and distinction was delivered from Tobias' perspective.
Each novella is very short, with the entire book totaling about 300 pages. It was a breeze to read through in two sittings.
The set of novellas document events that take place both before and during the first Divergent novel and helped me fill in the many gaps left in the story of Tobias' life. Starting two years before Tris transfers to Dauntless, we are given a new, albeit still limited, perspective of the characters in the original Divergent novel.
The first three novellas, The Transfer, The Initiate, and The Son have the most depth and kept me really interested. It gave me a great new vantage point similar to re-reading Divergent through the eyes of a new narrator. In the Transfer, we are immediately entangled in the Dauntless world reminiscent of Tris' initiation. The books focus on Tobias' life, his choice to flee, and the emotions that haunted him in doing so. The Traitor brings together the time when Tris' arrives in Dauntless. This gives the reader, in my opinion, a different understanding and appreciation of Four's character as told in Divergent.
Four: A Divergent Collection is nicely written and uniquely put together as short novellas. However, I am not sure it makes up for the disappointment with how Allegiant ended. And given the interviews from Veronica Roth's book tour, it looks like the final nail is in the coffin of a series that never adequately concluded.
I'd already gotten at taste of these from the free samples offered for Kindle. This really showed where Four was at going into and leading up to Tris' choosing Dauntless, then what he thinks of her, how she influences and changes him. Knew from Divergent Series that they are great together, this shows that he thinks of her not as a younger initiate, and a weaker, stiffer one, but of a strong person who helps him become stronger and look at things Divergently.
He respects her from the beginning, from the first jump to her calling him out at the table that first day, taking her pal's place in front of knives, and so many others. But it shows from his point of view her walk through his fear landscape, her determination to protect and become strong, and how that in turn makes him strong enough to return to his old faction and approach the oner person he feared most.
It also gives background on how certain Abnegation knew to go into hiding when Tris chooses to forsake Dauntless in order to rescue her parents.
I especially enjoyed learning the steps he takes for Tris after she is attacked. Four was first in his class and recruited for Dauntless leadership for a reason. This shows it.
Four's meeting with him mother, how he learned of her existence in factionless, why he contacts her and how it foreshadows her role in Insurgent and Allegiant.
It also gives a look at some of the secondary characters, their interrelationships and correlations to Four and Tris as well as Dauntless families and faction. I think it shows how these people become so important to Tris and Four/Tobias and their future.
I keep hovering between 4 and 5 stars on this one. The stories are great, entertaining, and interesting peeks into Dauntless and Abnegation. I'm just wishing something in the story would be more surprising, revealing something we don't really know about Four already.
HOWEVER, I am a little upset that the "knife throwing scene", isn't included. Instead, it can be purchased separately. This is a little upsetting, and I feel that that is a little bit of a money hustle, in my personal, professional, opinion (what makes my opinion "professional"? The same thing that makes anybody else's opinion professional -- absolutely nothing, just the fact that I said it) , and kind of "janxy" if you ask me. I really don't see why this "collection" didn't include all of the Tobias bits.
At the same time, the e-book didn't cost that much, and for what I paid, it shed a new light on the series, though mostly the first book (seeing as all these scenes take place in the plot of the first book in the series -- some are before the events of the first book, by about 2 years). Being someone who thoroughly enjoyed the series as a whole, I really appreciated this short collection of stories that more-or-less coincide with the series timeline, though from a different perspective, and they provided supplemental elements to the plot that would otherwise be impossible to obtain.
In all, I think it's worth the money, and I enjoyed the read. Please note that if you are NOT a big fan of the series, or haven't read at least the first book (Divergent) you may not appreciate this book, as the details would seem rather insignificant, and it is NOT a complete book, rather a collection of short stories to compliment the first book.