Thursday, 7 August 2014


'Four': A Divergent Story Collection
by Veronica Roth
Published: July 2014
Publisher: Harper Collins

Genre: YA, Dystopian
*possible spoilers if you haven't read the Divergent series*

"From #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth comes a companion volume to the worldwide bestselling divergent series, told from the per-spective 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." -taken from Goodreads

I loved Divergent and Insurgent but Allegiant was the biggest let down ever (read a full review here), part of the reason that I hated it so much was the duel perspectives between Four/Tobias or Tris. Now, normally I really enjoy duel POV but this was done so badly, both Tris and Four sounded exactly the same and often I had to flip the pages back and forth to remember who I was reading. Also, I felt like the Four in Allegiant was a completely different character to the Four in Divergent and Insurgent, so therefore when it was announced that there would be a bind up of novellas from Four's point of view, I was slightly nervous and was considering not even reading it. But for the sake of being a completist I felt like I needed to if only because of my love for Divergent and Insurgent.

I am so surprised by how much I liked 'Four'. The Tobias in this book was the Divergent and Insurgent Four and for that I was very happy. He wasn't the whiney, boring and insufferable Tobias of Allegiant, but the Tobias that although has been affected by his life before Dauntless he doesn't stop it from getting in the way of doing what needs to be done and instead of his experiences hindering his actions they bettered his actions and he just seemed like the Tobias from the first two books.

I felt like these collections of novellas were really nice to add more depth to the Divergent series and in my opinion has saved Tobias' character that was very damaged in Allegiant. I would recommend this to fans of the Divergent trilogy. I enjoyed all of the stories but my particular favourite was 'The Transfer' as you had never got to see this side or story of Tobias.

4/5 STARS 

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