Four: A Divergent Collection [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2014

Roth’s Divergent series ended last year, but this collection of four stories plus exclusive new material revives one of its most beloved characters, giving him a story that stands on its own. Four follows its namesake character from his life-changing decision, at age 16, to join Dauntless and change his name, leaving behind his harsh family life and the child he was. But everything changes with the arrival of Tris, the girl who can help him reclaim his past and lay the groundwork for a brighter future. This collection has all the adventure, romance, and twists that carried fans through the bestselling trilogy, and lots more insight on its intriguingly opaque male lead.

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: 9780062359377
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/8/2014
  • Series: Divergent Series
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 175
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Veronica Roth

Veronica Roth is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant, and several stories written in the world of Divergent. Now a full-time writer, Ms. Roth and her husband live near Chicago.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2014

    Not rating the books themselves

    Why would all 4 books in this deal be $12.99, yet each separate book is $1.99? Youre saving $5 if you just buy each separately. It doesnt make any sense.

    40 out of 48 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2014

    To: not rating the books themselves

    I totally agree with you on the money side. It is easier to get them seperatly, but either way, the book(s) are amazing. You are smart for seeing that, and I feel sorry for those who didn't see it and wasted five dollars.

    15 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    After the terrible work of art which is called Allegiant, I neve

    After the terrible work of art which is called Allegiant, I never thought to read something from Veronica Roth again. The highly anticipated last book in the once-fantastic Divergent trilogy ruined it in more aspects than I imagined. I didn't enjoy the film as much as I wanted to, I completely lost connection with the trilogy, etc. It's probably the number one reason why I didn't want to pick up this collecion of four novellas set before and during the events of Divergent. It all seemed a bridge too far and an obvious money maker. Despite all that, I did enjoy these short stories and would rather consider them as a satisfying 'conclusion' to this trilogy. Each novella is very short, with the entire book totaling about 300 pages. It was a breeze to read through in two sittings.   

    10 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2014

    Read this to save your money.

    Get each Four book individually, it will save your money. Only $8 something.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2014

    Four the whole series...awesome...wouldn't seeing from his point of view!

    I loved seeing the other side of the character. Great job!!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2014

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    3.5 stars Four: A Divergent Collection is a good read for fans

    3.5 stars

    Four: A Divergent Collection is a good read for fans of Four. "The Transfer" follows Four from his last days in Abnegation to his early days of initiation, "The Initiate" continues his journey to becoming an official member of Dauntless, "The Son" shows his early days as a Dauntless member and his decision to teach initiates, and "The Traitor" gives us a glimpse into his life during Tris's period of initiation. There are also exclusive scenes at the back that show some more Divergent scenes from Four's perspective. It's total Four fan service packaged neatly into a book for our enjoyment.




    I think I love Four's character more than Tris's. He claims that he's not good at dealing with people, but he has this air about him that makes him a compelling character. Other than the fact that he's a totally hot guy and I love him (don't tell my boyfriend!), he's a rational and plans his actions more often than he lets his impulses take over. And his hardworking nature is a quality that I find very sexy in a guy. It's been a wonderful experience getting to see more sides to his character—from the "timid, not-sure-of-himself" boy that he was in Abnegation into the strong, driven Four that we know and love from Divergent. There's also this cute phase where he becomes interested in girls and tries to figure them out. Plus, seeing Four go through initiation training? That's hot stuff. Enough said.




    It does feel like Four: A Divergent Collection is more like a series of snapshots into Four's life before and after Tris enters his life than a collection of stories. While there is the shady business between Max and Jeanine linking the stories, it doesn't feel like there is a coherent plot to any of them. It was also disorienting to jump in time from one story to the next (mostly because I want to know what happens in between!!! >_<). Furthermore, as much as I enjoyed learning about Four, I don't feel like we really got to learn as much about his character as we could have. While we learn about some of his motivations, he had to tell me that. The stories don't quite capture his thoughts and feelings at some important moments.




    Essentially, what I'm saying is that this should have been a novel, but it's not. Because Four wasn't the right character for the story that Veronica Roth wanted to tell (as she mentions in the Introduction). So I should be, and am, very happy that this collection came out. Because, Four.




    As it is, however, it's missing a lot of qualities that made me fall in love with Divergent: the epic world building, vivid descriptions and actions, a compelling plot. This is a great supplement to the trilogy, but it's not strong enough to stand on its own. And that's why I'm giving it a 3-star rating. Okay, 3.5 stars because I really like Four and almost wish he was real and available.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2014

    Hi

    To cora it is about 4 idk how many chapters VERY WORTH IT

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 17, 2014

    If your a fan of the Divergent Trilogy you will love this additi

    If your a fan of the Divergent Trilogy you will love this addition it really adds to Divergent includes 3 additional scenes between four and tris. Definitely added so much more depth to the character four. He is actually my favorite character. Being that you get his side of things in allegiant. this book rounds out the series filling you in on his background and part of his journey with tris during Divergent. So Def a must read

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2014

    To cora

    Its about tobias when he first got into dauntless. :P

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2014

    The hardback description (on Amazon) says it includes 3 addition

    The hardback description (on Amazon) says it includes 3 additional scenes from Divergent in addition to the 4 short stories. Does anyone know if the Nook eBook also includes the three extra scenes? Why does the Nook eBook cost more than the hardback if you buy the collection?

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2014

    I think for writing this after the fact of the other ones it was

    I think for writing this after the fact of the other ones it was pretty good. I think that it definitely could
    have been better considering that she originally wanted the Divergent Collection to be from Tobias's point of view. As I said though, for her writing this after all the other Divergent books and with assuming
    that everyone reading this has already read the other books there was a lot of things she did not have
    to include, but it made the book seem more like a rough draft than a story. Overall I was pleased, but I
    think that more could have been done here. Tobias's character could have been given more. 

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2014

    Beth

    FOUR OR THEO JAME$ I$ HOTTTT AND $MEXY!!!!! I WANT TO MAKE OUT WITH HIM HE'$ A BABE!!!

    2 out of 55 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2014

    Not what I expected.

    Don't get me wrong, this book was good. It gave me more of Four, which was good. It gave Four's perspective during some scenes in Divergent, instead of only knowing what Tris was going through or doing, we got to see what Four was doing and why he said the things he said in the book. However, I was expecting it to have more from his life previous to Divergent. There was a chapter of his life before he choose to be Dauntless, but it was only a short chapter and nothing much about his life. I really hoped it was give a better light onto why his father beat him and why they covered up his mother's leaving with her apparent death. All in all, it was good, to have a little more intel about Tobias, however, i wished we knew more about his life prior to the choosing ceremony.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2014

    Ok please reply asap. I need to know ASAP!!!!!!!

    Ok i just want to know,.......
    What is the book about?
    How many chspters?
    I it all bout four(aka tobis)?
    How is it compared to : divergent,insurgent, and allegent?
    Is it worth it?

    To reply just say:to cora. And thanks to u who will reply o my questions<3

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2014

     

     

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 16, 2014

    I'm going to go an get it right now!, but i know if Veronica Rot

    I'm going to go an get it right now!, but i know if Veronica Roth wrote it'll be Great!!  &lt;3

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    This book is amazing! It has given me a whole new perspective on

    This book is amazing! It has given me a whole new perspective on Divergent and a whole new outlook on Four (aka Tobias) One suggestion, if you haven't read the trilogy or at the lest, Divergent, don't read this book. This book won't make sense, but if you have READ IT!! I got it yesterdat and I am halfway through, Veronica Roth did an amazing job, as usual. Overall, this is a spectacular book and I recommend it to anyone. 

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2014

    To beth

    I totay agree

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2014

    I ordered the signed one, still no shipping confirmation yet, bu

    I ordered the signed one, still no shipping confirmation yet, but i'm hopefully waiting. :)

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2014

    I am eagerly awaiting my book in the mail. I per-ordered it a wh

    I am eagerly awaiting my book in the mail. I per-ordered it a while ago and just got the e-mail that it has been shipped!!!! YAY!! Now it is time to stalk the mailbox :P

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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