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.
Description taken from Goodreads.
Personally, I thought DIVERGENT was brilliant. However, everything that came after that was disappointing at best and terrible at worst, including the movies. So, in one final last ditch attempt to understand this series, because I did care about the characters within it, I wanted to read Four’s side of the story.
From the perspective of someone who felt like DIVERGENT was the only good book that came out of this entire series thing, the FOUR Collection is just yet more things. The FOUR Collection is just an attempt to squeeze more out of this series than it has already given, and because of the popularity of Four, it just happened to work. That doesn’t mean these stories are good ones, or that they really add anything to the DIVERGENT world.
They really don’t.
If anything, this story proved to me what a trite character Four is. There is really nothing special about him or his journey through Dauntless. Yes, he’s Divergent. Yes, he likes Dauntless cake and he had a day named after him by the Divergent fandom and he was the love interest of Divergent. I could go on. Four is so speshul. And if you’re a fan of Four, then I would definitely recommend this book. But for people who lost faith in the series after INSURGENT, the FOUR Collection is nothing new.
pg count for the paperback: 208