Book Review: Four

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Synopsis from Amazon.com:

Readers first encountered Tobias as “Four” in Divergent. His voice is an integral part of Allegiant. Readers will find more of this charismatic character’s backstory told from his own perspective in Four: A Divergent Collection. When read together, these long narrative pieces illuminate the defining moments in Tobias’s life. The first three pieces in this volume—”The Transfer,” “The Initiate,” and “The Son”—follow Tobias’s transfer from Abnegation to Dauntless, his Dauntless initiation, and the first clues that a foul plan is brewing in the leadership of two factions. The fourth story, “The Traitor,” runs parallel with the events of Divergent, giving readers a glimpse into the decisions of loyalty—and love—that Tobias makes in the weeks after he meets Tris Prior.

I love Four. Honestly he’s the best part of the Divergent trilogy to me and he’s the only reason I found Allegiant bearable. Therefore when I found out there was a collection of short stories told completely from his point of view I had to have it (and thankfully I’m interning at HarperCollins so I was, in fact, able to have it).

This collection was everything I wanted it to be. I got to learn more about Four’s past and his experience with both of his parents. Even better than that I got to see his point of view of meeting Tris and falling for her. It was awesome. I first I was worried about it being boring just reading the same scenes but from a different point of view but there was nothing for me to be worried about.

Four brings a whole new perspective and it’s great getting to see his feelings in those important moments. It made me crave more. I wanted to read the whole first Divergent book in his point of view. I was sad when it ended. Even so, this was a great book and a quick and easy read. Definitely get it if you haven’t already.

Borrow or Buy: Buy!

Favorite Line: 

I want [Tris], in a way I haven’t felt before, not just some kind of mindless physical drive but a real, specific desire. Not for someone, just for her.

Stars:

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Oh Tris. My love for Tris was very up and down throughout the trilogy. I liked her in Divergent, hated her in Insurgent, and loved her in Allegiant

What’s great about Tris is she’s kind, selfless, strong, and independent. She’s willing to leave her faction because she believes it’s what’s best for her. She sacrifices herself time and time again for the people she cares about. And she’s fierce when she needs to be.

I know a lot of people hate the ending of the trilogy but I didn’t. I had my issues with it but Tris’ actions wasn’t one of them. I liked how her story ended and I appreciated Veronica Roth keeping it real. The only reason I didn’t really like it was because of Four.

Moving on, Tris is great. She’s kind of awkward in the beginning because of her Abnegation upbringing but she’s also not afraid to stand up for herself and friends. From there she continues to be brave (although she has her slip ups) and she’s an overall good person. Check her out in the Divergent trilogy (the books not the movies).

Tris taught me all about real sacrifice. That it should be done from love… That it should be done from necessity, not without exhausting all other options. That it should be done for people who need your strength because they don’t have enough of their own. – Allegiant