Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Four by Veronica Roth

Four by Veronica Roth
Release Date: July 8, 2014
Pages: 285
Buy it: Amazon | Book Depository

Two years before Beatrice Prior makes her choice, the 16-year-old son of Abnegation's faction leader does the same. Tobias's transfer to Dauntless is his chance to begin again. Newly renamed 'Four' he discovers that initiation is only the beginning...

When I was reading the Divergent series, especially Allegiant, I thought Four was a little whiny and 2-D. I still loved him (so no hate comments!), but I was really disappointed with how Veronica Roth portrayed him in the final book.

However this book turned things around! Four was no longer a whining child who wasn't getting his way, but a kick-ass character with plenty of potential. We get to see him go behind the scenes in Dauntless to try and figure out what is going on, whilst slowly building his way up the social ladder. Four suddenly has different levels of personality and I am so grateful. Honestly this book is the only thing that has redeemed Four from a terrible fate!

I loved that we get to see Four before he even became Four in The Transfer. We get to have a short sneak peek into his life in Abnegation, even if it is just for his Choosing Ceremony. I also loved that we get to see Tobias interact with his father, and we finally get to learn why he hates his father so much. It was a beautiful backstory to such a messed up character!

In the other three stories we get to see Four climb his way up the social ladder in Dauntless, whilst keeping his identity a secret. The best thing about this collection of novellas is that we get to see how Dauntless works and how they keep control over everything. We get to see the other side of Dauntless, the side that uses computers and coding and cameras, which was absolutely awesome.

Honestly, this book could be 5/5; it was a fun, fast, world-building collection of novellas and was highly enjoyable. The only reason I marked it down is because I don't like Four as a character. If this book had come out earlier, between Insurgent and Allegiant, I may have enjoyed it more. Unfortunately Allegiant spoilt Four for me, and I ended up finding him a whiny little brat. Therefore my enjoyment of this book was massively affected, but I still like it in the end.

This book is perfect for readers who are missing the Divergent universe, and need to get immersed in it again. Like most novellas you don't need to have read the Divergent series to understand this book, but there is one major spoiler that you may want to avoid. No matter what, it is the perfect book for Divergent lovers and I enjoyed it!

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