Four: A Divergent Collection

Read from 11-12th January, 2015

Author: Veronica Roth

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5 Stars

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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.

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It’s been a while since I read the Divergent trilogy and it felt good to get back into the Roth mindset – particularly considering how traumatizing the end of Allegiant was… Four answered a lot of unasked questions, and certainly helped my understanding of him as a character – which, I suppose, is the point. Not only that, but I obtained a deeper understanding and appreciation for Amar, Zeke, Shauna, Tori and even Max.

I wouldn’t say that Four is thrilling or spectacular, but rather the comfort of an old friend, a new perspective on someone you knew well – a friend of a friend, bringing new information to the table. Which, again, is what I believe was the intended affect.

I recommend Four to existing fans of the series, for I believe they’ll get the most out of it and it may help to ease their pain – or not. I suppose it depends how fresh it is… In any case, it will certainly aid in dispelling withdrawal symptoms for a short time.

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