Publication Date: July 8, 2014
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
Series: The Divergent Series, Prequel Novellas
Pages: 285 pages
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.
Four is the bind-up of the four prequel novellas that are told in Four’s perspective. I really enjoyed reading this. I thought it was great to see Four before he met Tris, and read the few scenes from Divergent after he meets Tris. I was kind of hesitant going into this because I was concerned about reading from Four’s perspective. I had trouble while reading Allegiant distinguishing his voice from Tris’s voice; but that wasn’t an issue in the novellas. I imagine that is probably because we didn’t have both perspectives, but either way, it wasn’t an issue. I was very pleasantly surprised by this novella collection and it was a great way to dive back into the Divergent world that I loved so much.