Four (A Divergent collection) – Veronica Roth
It has been a while since I have read the Divergent trilogy. That must have been somewhere in December 2013 and January 2014. Still when this book came out, I needed to have it. It has been sitting on my bookshelf ever since. I was a little scared that I wouldn’t get into the story, because it would have been too long ago.
What the book is about
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.
What I think about the book
My fears turned out to be unjust. I got back into the world of Divergent again really quick, even though the narrator for these stories was Four. I like his thoughts, it was also great to learn where he came from, from his own perspective. So if you liked Divergent, this novel is definitely worth reading. So once again I find myself wondering what kind of situations would appear in my own fear landscape (maybe I should write my ideas about that down in another blog post?) and what faction I would have chosen. I think I would have gone for Dauntless as well, because as a teen I was definitely reckless like that.
Even though most of the stories in Four happen before the actual story of Divergent, I would recommend to read the rest of the series first. At some points in Four Veronica mentions situations from Divergent or Insurgent, and you’d have no idea what that would be about if you haven’t read those yet.
That does mean, that you already know how the whole story will end before reading Four. It makes the book less exciting than the first three books in the Divergent series. You can see this part more as some background information, from Four’s point of view. If you look at it like that, it’s a fun read. It completes the story. In my case it makes me want to re-read the whole series again, because I noticed that there is a lot that I don’t remember anymore.