Book discussion: Four


Book Title: Four: A Divergent Collection

Author: Veronica Roth

Genre: YA Dystopian

★★★★★

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.

– Goodreads

 

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!

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