Review: Four by Veronica Roth

FourSource: Purchased
Katherine Tegen Books
 Divergent #1
Hardcover, 285 pages
YA Dystopian
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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 perspective 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 in to the history and heart of Tobias, and set the stage for the epic saga of the Divergent trilogy.

Allegiant left a sour taste in my mouth and I wasn’t in much of a hurry to get back into the world, to be honest. I didn’t have a problem with the way it ended…it’s just that series was a steady decline and I am ready to be done with it. However seeing as I bought this and I did start it, I might as well finish it. However, Four was actually fun to read and a great way to make me loose some of the resentment.

If you haven’t finished the series, it’s in your best interest to stop reading this review. It deals with things that allude to Insurgent and Allegiant (to some extent). 

Four has four stories, and most have little to do with Tris and more with his background. The Transfer deals with his transfer from Abnegation to Dauntless. I really liked seeing why and how he chose to leave Abnegation. The Initiate gives some insight as to how he coped with transferring and how different Dauntless was when he was an Initiate We even get to meet Eric…spoiler alert he’s still a dick. The Son deals with his father and his mother, and just how he came into contact with her  and The Traitor deals with him finding out about the plan to kill the Abnegation. I also have a version with some extra stories in the back that are direct re-writes of scenes from Divergent in Four’s point of view. Of all of the content in the book these felt the most unnecessary and I read them as quickly as I could.

All in all this is a pretty good closer for the series, especially if you’re still a bit irritated at it. It has that same feel as Divergent and none of the slower moments of the latter two. We get to find out more about Four and some more depth added to Divergent. I liked seeing the rivalry between Eric and Four expanded upon, and just why those feelings of hatred go so deeply. I also like seeing the tense relationship between his mother and him, and also how much his father let’s his personal feelings get in the way.

I am glad I read this, but I am also glad that the series is well and truly over. So long Four may you rest peacefully on my shelves until…well probably forever. I don’t lend out books…so you might be there by yourself for a while. Tootles.

3.5 stars

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8 Responses to Review: Four by Veronica Roth

  1. Contemporary Erotica novella???????

  2. Great review. I was so disappointed with the whole of Allegiant, such a slow, boring book and Four’s POV didn’t work at all. I also put off reading Four because of that, but I ended up reading it and quite enjoyed it. It wasn’t amazing, but it was good enough.

  3. I haven’t read this one yet, but didn’t like the ending, so don’t know if that will change or help that at all

  4. I want to read this soon as Four is one of my favourite book characters. I do wish that Divergent was just a standalone though, I adored that book and like you think the series just declined after that. So I’m glad you felt this read more like Divergent than the other two.

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