How to Be Dauntless: An Introductory Course. Lesson One: It’s okay to hug your friends here.”Shauna, Four: A Divergent Collection
Author: Veronica Roth
My love for this book is huge. It is the story we all already know and love, but the major moments are told from Four’s point of view. Something I wish we had in the first book, but something I am so glad to finally have. If I had not already loved Four, this would have made me.
Here is the goodreads summary for you. It is better than my summaries as I think we have all learned.
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.
This is probably one of my favorite companion books I have ever read. I loved being able to see what Four was like before he met Tris. How he made the decision to become Dauntless. What really made him tick. I also enjoyed seeing how he and Eric were during their initiation. Despite all of that I really loved seeing his relationship with Tris grow from his point of view.
From jumping day through her seeing him by the chasm drunk. All of this is in there. Every single bit of information you wanted but didn’t know you did. Four was a nice guy. He knew that he shouldn’t be falling for Tris, but you see the exact moment when get gave up and just went for it. I still would love to have the entire trilogy written from his point of view because I think it would be nice to really hear the outside view of Tris. His view of Tris. More than you do in this book.
Bonus: Free Four- Tobias Tells The Divergent Knife-Throwing Scene
Ah yes this scene. This scene was one of my favorites because I could tell in that scene that Four did not really want to hurt Tris. If he did he would have, as he told her in Divergent. Tris was too dumb to realize that at the time though. The reason I am lumping this in with this review is because it is more of a short story than a book. It is about 16 pages long and just tells the one scene but you get to learn even more about Four. You see his struggle with if he should throw the knives at Al or not. Then you really see his struggle when he has to throw them at Tris. You see his thinking about Eric and you get to really see why he made the choice to say the things to Tris that he did. It was a great insight into the character.
If you really liked the Divergent trilogy and wanted to know what Four thought then this book and short story are something you need to read. I didn’t know I needed it until I read it. I recommend waiting to read it until after you have finished the series. It does not spoil anything that happens after Divergent but it gave me comfort after the shitty ending that Allegiant had. I am glad I had this book to open up to and laugh at. It made it almost feel better. The same with the short story.
If you are interested in buying Four: A Divergent Collection you can find it here. If you are interested in buying Free Four: Tobias Tells The Divergent Knife Throwing Scene you can find it here. If you would like to buy the entire trilogy and the companion books you can find them here.
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