Book Review- Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth

Posted April 2, 2015 by @Angelized_1st in 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge, 2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge, Books, Entertainment, Reading Challenges / 0 Comments

Book Review- Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica RothFour: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent
Published by Harper Collins on July 8th 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Young Adult, Love & Romance
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 9780062345219
Buy on: AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks

Fans of the Divergent series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth will be thrilled by these four stories, each between fifty and seventy-five pages long, told from the perspective of the immensely popular character Tobias. The four pieces included in this ebook bundle—“Four: The Transfer,” “Four: The Initiate,” “Four: The Son,” and “Four: The Traitor”—give readers an electrifying glimpse into the history and heart of Tobias, and set the stage for the epic saga of the Divergent trilogy.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.

“I want some kind of reminder that while wounds heal, they don’t disappear forever- I carry them everywhere, always, and that is the way of things, the way of scars.” 
― Veronica RothFour: A Divergent Story Collection

The Good…:

Veronica Roth’s Four: A Divergent Collection is a wonderful addition to a reader’s book shelves if they are a die-hard Four fan. The book features four brand-new stories that take place prior to Divergent, told from Four’s perspective.

The Bad…:

The four new stories don’t really do anything in the way of adding to the series. Most (if not all) of the events mentioned in them were already revealed by Four or other characters in the Divergent trilogy. The only gain here is that readers get more details about those aforementioned events.

The Ugly…:

Four is arguably my favorite character in this series, so it pains me to say this, but this book is a waste of money. Not only do readers not gain any new insights to the events in the trilogy, or about Four himself, but I kind of felt like I got played. When Cassandra Clare decided to write three more books in her series, The Mortal Instrumentsafter landing a book deal, I was upset. I even vowed never to read them. However, after a while I did, and I was glad that I changed my mind. Clare’s additions to her series tied up loosened better than her first “final” book did. It also tied TMI to its spin-off, The Infernal DevicesWhen Clare decided to release The Bane ChroniclesI was skeptical once again. Yet with these short stories she managed to give more insight into the mysterious Magnus Bane, and treated fans to never-before-known aspects of his relationship with Alec. This doesn’t happen here. Four is still who we thought he was, and fans won’t learn anything they can’t learn from reading the trilogy.

Do I Recommend?

Only if you just want to give Veronica Roth your cash. Which is basically what you’re doing buying this book. Pass on this one. Since I did enjoy the stories for the pure entertainment value they have, I give this book 2 out of 5 stars.

About Veronica Roth

Veronica Roth is from a Chicago suburb. She studied creative writing at Northwestern University, and wrote DIVERGENT (Katherine Tegen Books, May 2011) and INSURGENT (May 2012). The third and final book in The Divergent Trilogy, ALLEGIANT, will come out on October 22, 2013. In the meantime she will spend endless hours browsing Wikipedia in her pajamas as she eats corn flakes. (Or some other kind of bland breakfast cereal.)


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