Book Title: Four: A Divergent Collection
Author: Veronica Roth
Genre: YA Dystopian
I bought the novellas separately on Amazon. I remember buying Four: the Transfer immediately when it came out because I REALLY want to know more about Tobias Eaton.
I love novellas as they give me a different perspective on events happening in the book. It’s always interesting, knowing how different characters interpret their conversations, how different characters see the same situation.
Free four retells the knife-throwing scene from Tobias’ point of view, which gives us reader an idea why he needed to do that. I was mad at Four for hurting Tris when I was reading Divergent, but now, being presented the motive behind, I understand it.
Four, despite of being incredible by Dauntless standards, is in fact not an outgoing person. His secret of being Marcus’ son creates an invisible barrier between himself and other initiates. He isolates himself because he is afraid of what others would think of him once his secret was spilled.
I feel like life in Abnegation symbolises our childhood in some way, where drinking etc. is not allowed. Dauntless is our life after we’ve come of age – alcohol, tattoo, all this craziness. Of course it is a stereotypical description of an adult’s life. I’d like to treat them as a symbolism – it symbolises those ‘new stuff’ we encounter in our life. Sometimes we feel insecure when we try new things or socialise with people, but we have to pluck up the courage. Everything has its first time.
I didn’t realise that Tobias has contributed a lot in finding out what Jeanine Matthews was up to. I was too focused on the Initiation and Tris in Divergent I didn’t pay much attention to Four. His persistence on investigation despite of the threatenings from his leader earned my respect. His act of doing what is right and just despite of repressions demonstrates true bravery.
As a side note, Veronica Roth writes REALLY GOOD quotes. I’ve read books where there are not many inspirational quote but even in her short stories, quotes are everywhere.
So those are my thoughts on Four: A Divergent Collection. What do you think ? Did it change how you see Four? Well it definitely did, for me. Leave a comment down below!