- File Size: 3170 KB
- Print Length: 30 pages
- Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (September 3, 2013)
- Publication Date: September 3, 2013
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DG261BG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,029 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Four: The Transfer (Kindle Single) (Divergent Series-Collector's Edition Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The Transfer: A Divergent Story by Veronica Roth is the first in a four part short story series told from the point of view of Tobias, AKA Four.
A very good point that I saw in another review on here, this is listed as a prequel to the Divergent series but it is NOT meant to be read BEFORE Books 1 or 2. I would reccommend reading this series in the order that they were published or you will be in for some spoilers AND confusion.
We go back a couple of years in this book from where we first met everyone in Divergent, and we get to see what happened starting immediately after Four's aptitude test. We meet Tori again (she also administered Beatrice's aptitude test in Divergent), we see behind the scenes at the Easton home and the abuse he suffered at his father's hands, we see the choosing ceremony, his first day of initiation into Dauntless, and how he came by the name Four.
When a series is as addicting as this, and as well loved, these tiny tidbit views into the world and people in it are precious.
"You're the one who has to live with your choice," she says. "Everyone else will get over it, move on, no matter what you decide. But you never will."
"Don't worry about me handling the pain," I say. "I've had a lot of practice."
"My name is Four," I say. "Call me `Stiff' again and you and I will have a problem."
The Transfer starts out as Four (still Tobias at this point) is leaving his faction test (or whatever it is called). Of course, he was textbook Abnegation, the faction he was raised in. And of course that's what he landed, what with a father who coached him through every part of the testing to make absolute sure that he ended up Abnegation.
But although Tobias figured that is what he would end up choosing, he can't stop the nagging in his mind that this is not what he actually wants. After all, his whole life has been controlled by his father. And that leads him to make the choice that we already knew he made, from reading Divergent.
Four has told us some about what happened with his father, how he came to choose Dauntless, and why his name is Four, in the series so far without having read Allegiant. Being so long, I am afraid that I'm a bit fuzzy on exactly what he's told us, but I know that he's told us enough. This novella shows us insight to the things Four told Tris.
For something so short, it was slightly emotional. Not as in tears emotional, but as in you felt for Tobias. You were sad for him, you were happy when he made his choice, you were with him every step of his decision-making process. You also learn the story of how he got the name Four (can't remember if that was already said in the series).
I have heard--and I hope that this isn't a spoiler--that Four isn't the same, awesome Four that he was in the first two books. That he becomes mopey and not the strong warrior-type person he was before. And that made me really sad, because I loved Four. He was amazing. That was another reason I read this novella: I wanted my faith in Tobias to be restored.
I would definitely recommend this to Divergent fans. If you have read Allegiant, and you need something to bring back your faith in the series, or Four. If you haven't, but all the hype has made you wary. Just read it.
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