Divergent (Divergent #1)
Insurgent (Divergent #2)
Allegiant (Divergent #3)
Four: A Divergent Collection (Divergent #0.1-0.4)
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.
“One choice will free you”
Whilst doing the book nerd thing and reading up on Veronica Roth interviews about the Divergent series I was suprised to learn that she has initially started writing the series from Tobias’ point of view. Upon deciding he wasn’t the right narrator for the series she put it away until four years later when she found Tris, and the Divergent trilogy as we know it was born. The Divergent series follows Tris from the moment she seized control of her own life and identity, and through these stories we can follow Tobias as he does the same thing.
“I am not the perfect Abnegation child, doomed to be swallowed whole by the system and dissolved into obscurity. Instead I am the first Abnegation-Dauntless transfer in more then a decade.”
Throughout the Divergent series we are used to seeing Four as a strong character. Sure, he has his vulnerable moments, but to Tris he is strong and powerful and so that is how we see him too. Seeing him in this book, before Tris, and even before Dauntless, we see him as the scared young boy being abused by his father and as well as being totally heartbreaking it is also very interesting to read, because for him it was the beginning of everything. From the moment he decides he has to leave, his internal chanting of “I have to get out” you are right there with him. And so seeing the moment he makes his decision to leave Abnegation, the relief of getting away from his father and the freedom that he finally feels is a proud and totally emotional moment.
“His blood is bright against his skin. It occurs to me that I did that, it was me, and fear creeps back in, a different kind of fear this time. A fear of what I am, what I might be becoming.”
You still get to see the Abnegation side of him. He joins Dauntless because he knows that it is a place that he can be free and he knows that it will hurt his father the most. He doesn’t join because he wants to be Dauntless. As soon as he join he is worried if he is going to be able to fit in, to do what is expected of him. A part of his fear landscape requires him to shoot someone and he realises that he is scared of what he is going to become now he is Dauntless, what the training and the lifestyle is going to turn him into.
During the Divergent series we follow Tris and her friends, and although Four’s friends are also included we don’t get to see much of their interactions with Four. This book gives us the chance to see the beginning of Four’s friendships, especially the one between Four, Zeke and Shauna who I love as a group. From Tris’ POV you don’t get to realise how difficult is was for Four to make friends, how years of lonliness in Abnegation have kept him from having fun with other people his own age. So it was nice to see that side of him.
“You’re the one who has to live whit your choice” she says.
“Everyone else will get over it, move on, no matter what you decide. But you never will.”
I really liked Allegiant because we got a dual POV and we got to see Four’s thoughts and feelings towards Tris. In this book, we get to see the beginning of his feelings for Tris. His fascination with her and his need to know more, to touch her, to be around her. We see his struggles to keep his feelings for her hidden to to protect her, and we see just how much she means to him and how much she helps him to feel alive and like Tobias again.
“One thing I know: For helping me forget how awful the world is, I prefer her to alcohol.”
Some people felt that this book shouldn’t have been written, that the series should have ended with Allegiant. But I really liked this opportunity to see inside of Four’s head, to see how his story started out and to see how much Tris meant to him.
I would recommend this book to fans of: the Divergent series, characters overcoming adversity.
Have you read any of Four’s books? What did you think?
Which other bits of the Divergent series would you like to see from Four’s POV?