Four: A Divergent Story Collection (Divergent, #0.1-0.4) by Veronica Roth
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on July 8, 2014
Genres: young adult science fiction, short stories, novellas, post-apocalyptic, dystopian, romance
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This book. This book, this book, this book.
Ah, I love this book.
Four is, hands-down, my favorite character in the Divergent series. He’s brooding and mysterious and tough, but he’s also sensitive and well-rounded and real. He has such an interesting backstory and such an intriguing reason for being why he is the way he is, and I’ve always wanted more.
In that regard, Four delivers.
Here, Four is more than a Dauntless instructor or the son of Marcus Eaton. He’s more than Tris’s love interest. This collection of short stories emphasizes some crucial moments in his life: moments with his father, moments in the Dauntless training compound, moments with Tris. Collectively, Four is an excellent summation of Tobias Eaton as a character.
One thing that bothered me about the first two books in the original series was Tris’s narration; it always seemed too dry to me. But, from Four’s perspective, Roth’s writing really shines. Everything flows and fits together so well, a beautifully-sculpted body of text. I couldn’t put this book down, but I was also dreading the end.
If you enjoy Four as a character in the Divergent series, read this novella. Please. I highly doubt you’ll regret it. It’s a gripping collection of short stories, but this novella is more than that. Four is an excellent window into a compelling character.