When I saw that Veronica Roth’s Four was available through my library’s digital collection, I borrowed it right away. I own the book in hardcover, but I’ve been unable to read it. My kindle fire is so much easier to utilize while I’m nursing baby. So far, I have read two of the stories in this collection.
Goodreads Book Blurb:
Two years before Beatrice Prior made her choice, the sixteen-year-old son of Abnegation’s faction leader did the same. Tobias’s transfer to Dauntless is a chance to begin again. Here, he will not be called the name his parents gave him. Here, he will not let fear turn him into a cowering child.
Newly christened “Four,” he discovers during initiation that he will succeed in Dauntless. Initiation is only the beginning, though; Four must claim his place in the Dauntless hierarchy. His decisions will affect future initiates as well as uncover secrets that could threaten his own future—and the future of the entire faction system.
Two years later, Four is poised to take action, but the course is still unclear. The first new initiate who jumps into the net might change all that. With her, the way to righting their world might become clear. With her, it might become possible to be Tobias once again.
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth comes a companion volume to the worldwide 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.
Since this book is really a collection of novellas, it’s hard to get totally immersed in the story. Just when you’re hooked, the story ends and you’re on to another short story. That being said, I’ve got a bit of a literary crush on Four, so I’ll take what I can get! I like seeing Four as a young initiate, trying to figure out his place in the world. And it’s fun to see the other characters like Zeke, Shauna, and Eric before Divergent takes place. Four is such a self-possessed pillar of strength for Tris in Divergent, so it’s interesting to see how he ended up that way. Readers also get a glimpse of Jeanine Matthews and some simulations that have Four on edge already. I enjoy Roth’s writing style – there’s a great balance of dialogue and action, and the story always seems to be racing forward. While I’m still not sure if I’m into all of these short stories that authors are adding to their work, I’d recommend Four to readers who were fans of the Divergent series.
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