Review: Four (Divergent #4)

Review: Four (Divergent #4)Four by Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #0.5
Also in this series: Allegiant
Released by Katherine Tegen Books on 8 July 2014
Genres: Dystopia
Pages: 290
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780062345219
Source: Purchased

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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.

When I found out that Veronica Roth was writing short stories from Four/Tobias’ point of view, I knew I had to read those. At first, they were supposed to be released as separate ebooks, but after a while it was announced that they were going to be published together as an actual book. I pre-ordered my copy as soon as I could and a couple of days after the release date, I started reading it.

The book has four (hehe) stories told from Four’s point of view, called ‘The Transfer‘, ‘The Initiate‘, ‘The Son‘, and ‘The Traitor‘. I had read the first one already before I found out that it was going to become one book, and I had liked it. Though I still thought he sounded a lot like Tris. Of course, I understand that it might be hard to write a story from multiple POV’s, and trying to not make them sound the same, but I don’t think Veronica Roth did a very good job with it. Still, I loved reading about Four’s transfer, and his initiation process.

The Traitor was basically a brief summary of Divergent, but then through Four’s eyes. A bit like Hana was Delirium through Hana’s eyes. I liked it, I liked reading several scenes from Divergent but through Four’s eyes, I liked how he was trying to find out what was going on between Max and Jeanine and yeah, I just liked it very much! We didn’t get a lot of new conversations or scenes, mostly the conversations between Tris and Four were the same ones we’d read about in Divergent, but I can’t say that I was disappointed by it. I had expected it, and though I would have loved a complete new scene between the two, one that we hadn’t read about in any of the books, I am happy with what we got!

“This is how the Dauntless mourn: by chasing grief into the oblivion of alcohol and leaving it there.”

As usual, the writing was very good, I just really like Roth’s writing a lot! I got through the stories very easily, and eventually halfway through the book I just put it down so I wouldn’t finish it in one day, because I wanted to savour it. Divergent is one of my favourite book series of all time, and this is the last book in that series, so I wanted to save the last pages. Still, I got through it very fast, and I enjoyed every minute of it. And the cover, oh wow I am in love with the covers of the Divergent series; but this one is just amazing. The ferris wheel! View Spoiler »

The only thing I didn’t like, was that I had thought the Free Four story would be in here as well, but it wasn’t. I had read it already of course, but I was under the impression that it would be in the book as well, so I could reread it again. But alas, it was not.

Still, no harm done, and I enjoyed Four, a Divergent Collection a lot. Now I am going to lie down in a ball and try to not think about the fact that this series is now over.