Four: A Divergent Collection

Four: A Divergent Collection

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by Veronica Roth
     
 

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Complete your Divergent library with Four!

Fans of the Divergent series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth will be thrilled by Four: A Divergent Collection, a companion volume that includes four pre-Divergent stories plus three additional scenes from Divergent, all told from Tobias's point of view.

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Complete your Divergent library with Four!

Fans of the Divergent series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth will be thrilled by Four: A Divergent Collection, a companion volume that includes four pre-Divergent stories plus three additional scenes from Divergent, all told from Tobias's point of view.

Readers first encountered Tobias as "Four" in Divergent. His voice is an integral part of Allegiant. Readers will find more of this charismatic character's backstory told from his own perspective in Four: A Divergent Collection. When read together, these long narrative pieces illuminate the defining moments in Tobias's life. The first three pieces in this volume—"The Transfer," "The Initiate," and "The Son"—follow Tobias's transfer from Abnegation to Dauntless, his Dauntless initiation, and the first clues that a foul plan is brewing in the leadership of two factions. The fourth story, "The Traitor," runs parallel with the events of Divergent, giving readers a glimpse into the decisions of loyalty—and love—that Tobias makes in the weeks after he meets Tris Prior.

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Publishers Weekly
07/21/2014
Four's story is already achingly familiar to fans of Roth's Divergent—his close relationship to protagonist Tris Prior in the author's original trilogy allowed readers to grow fond of this fiercely protective yet guarded character. In this aptly numbered collection of four stories, all told from the perspective of Four (aka Tobias Eaton), readers receive an inside look at how he came to be a Dauntless instructor in the first place, got his name, uncovered the plot by Jeanine Matthews to attack the Abnegation faction, and fell in love with Tris. Divergent fans will thoroughly enjoy this extra bit of backstory, which is filled with names and places that became beloved in Roth's bestselling trilogy. Roth's storytelling retains the same mix of tension, uncertainty, and hope that made the original stories irresistible. For those who were brokenhearted to find themselves at the last page of Allegiant, this brief look back through Four's eyes will be a welcome trip down memory lane. Ages 14–up. Agent: Joanna Volpe, New Leaf Literary & Media. (July)
ALA Booklist
“Fans of Divergent who can’t get enough—and maybe even the rare reader who missed the first rush—will snap up this relatively stand-alone story collection told from the perspective of Tobias (aka Four).””
VOYA, October 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 4) - Rachelle David
This companion book delivers an interesting exploration of Four’s past. The scenes focus on the dynamic changes in his character. They show his motives, strengths, and perspectives on his life and the lives of those around him. Anyone who read and enjoyed the Divergent trilogy will be glad to read Four; however, this is not a stand-alone book. Anyone who did not read the series will not understand it. Reviewer: Rachelle David, Teen Reviewer; Ages 12 to 18.
VOYA, October 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 4) - Ed Goldberg
Four: A Divergent Collection contains four stories told from Tobias’s point of view. “The Transfer” discusses why he chose to transfer to the Dauntless faction rather than stay in Abnegation: to escape his abusive father, Marcus. “The Initiate” takes the reader through Tobias’s initiation into Dauntless, primarily facing his fears through simulation serum. It also describes the origin of his Dauntless name, Four. In “The Son,” Four finds an anonymous note in his apartment telling him where and when to meet the sender. The note’s details indicate that the writer is close to Four, so he assumes it is Marcus. Upon arriving at the destination, however, he finds his mother, Evelyn, a woman who he believed was dead for half his life. She voices concerns about the factions and confirms some of Four’s own thoughts. Finally, in “The Traitor,” Four describes his initial attraction to Tris and is faced with a dilemma about an impending attack on Abnegation. Readers must have read the Divergent trilogy to understand and appreciate the stories. They do not add dramatically to the knowledge imparted in the previous books. The time line covers approximately two years but is murky in relation to the trilogy, especially The Son (HarperCollins, 2014). The stories are simply written and reiterate things Divergent readers already know. The characters are very one dimensional. The locale, especially Dauntless headquarters, is not well described, but the name Divergent will carry this book and result in high circulation. Reviewer: Ed Goldberg; Ages 12 to 18.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-06-30
Roth returns to her wildly popular Divergent series with four prequel stories from Four's viewpoint.Before he was "Four," he was Tobias Eaton, the abused and alienated son of Marcus, leader of the Abnegation faction. The stories (really one episodic novella) trace his path from the choice to join Dauntless to his first encounters with Tris, heroine of the trilogy and love of his life. Sufficient information is interwoven to make the world accessible to new readers, while fans will find a surreptitious thrill digging into a taciturn hero's back story; still, little of real consequence is added to the overall plot. Devotees will undoubtedly relish cameo appearances by several beloved (and loathed) characters, and they will squee over such iconic moments as Four's earning his nickname, getting his tattoos and learning the dangers of being "Divergent." More compelling is his gradual transformation from an angry, manipulated and vulnerable victim to a badass loner—still angry and bitter but now tough and determined. Unfortunately, this narrative arc is undercut by the final story and the three rewritten short scenes from the first book, which read almost like bad fan fiction: Once Tris appears, the love-struck Four becomes dithering and goony, gushing about her all-embracing awesomeness and explaining that all his harsh words and actions really meant their exact opposite.For fans only; but their number is legion. (Dystopian romance. 12 & up)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062345219
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/08/2014
Series:
Divergent Series
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
414
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile:
850L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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