[Review] Four – Veronica Roth

Four: A Divergent Story Collection (Divergent, #0.1 - 0.4)Author: Veronica Roth

Series: Divergent #0.1-0.4

Publication Date: July 8th, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins

Number of Pages: 208

Genre: YA, Dystopian, Short Stories

Source: Public library

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | The Book Depository


Summary

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 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.


Review

I read Divergent way back in 6th grade when it first got popular with my peers. I wasn’t really a huge fan then and I’m still not. So I’m not really sure why I picked up this novel at the library. I didn’t even get around to reading Allegiant.

Four wasn’t really anything special to me. It had a few short stories that told about how he became a Dauntless member and met Tris. It was a look into Tobias’s life and point-of-view.

I felt like Four was a different character from how I remembered. He seems a lot tougher in the Divergent series but in this book he came off as… a little wimpy at times. I felt like he didn’t have much of a personality in a lot of the stories and half the time he was repeating the same phrases over and over again. “I don’t like Eric. My mom isn’t dead. I hate my parents. I must warn the Abnegation. Tris is cool. I can trust Tris.”

I really don’t have much to say about this book because it was overall just a meh read to me. It wasn’t really on either side of the spectrum but was just a very forgettable read. Fans of the series may enjoy it a lot more, but as I left the Divergent bandwagon a while ago, I found it dry and utterly bland.

3/5 Stars

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