Goodreads synopsis: 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.
So being that I am a HUGE Divergent fan I was absolutely looking forward to be getting some more Four. I’m the type who loves a good male perspective, so when a novella or companion comes out from the leading man’s POV I pretty much freak out. Especially when I love him to pieces. Plus I wasn’t ready to let Divergent go completely out of my life (book wise, I know we still have films to look forward to).
We got a taste of Four in the re-written knife throwing scene from Divergent – mine was in the back of Insurgent, but I know it’s also an eBook – in Free Four. This was delicious! So then when it was announced that Allegiant was dual POV there were some squeals from this girl. And then to put the sherry on top Veronica came out with FOUR and I nearly had a heart attack.
The Transfer was the first novella released way back when, remember back when the plan was to release them as four separate eNovellas gradually over so many months. So despite having read it upon it’s original release, I read it again (duh…)
The Transfer is great great great back story, and I cannot deny that I began to have feelings for Amar. My favorite part about this one was Tobias at the choosing ceremony and hearing his own thoughts on each faction, then I went back to Divergent and compared them to Beatrice’s thoughts. It was delightful. Plus The Transfer is fantastic because we get to see Four be born! And the tension between Four and Eric is just so perfect. The whole story builds for the greatness that follows, it’s perfect.
Following that we have The Initiate. This was great because we got more of the Four/Eric feud. More of Amar. And just some more of Dauntless Four; which I love! I love the scene when Four gets his first tattoo, it might be my favorite scene in the whole book. We also got a little bit of awkward Four with Shauna, and I thought that was adorable. It makes you appreciate his love for Tris when you can see how weird he is around girls but then how swoon-y he is with her. Soul mates? YES!
The Son was my least favorite of the four. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed it, but I felt there was a lot of info dumping going on. It was all necessary so we could see Four’s transition from from just suspicious of the Dauntless leaders and Jeanine Matthews to full blown distrust. It’s a shame that Jeanine’s crazy had spread to other faction leaders, Dauntless would’ve been so amazing had Tobias become a leader and ran the faction the way it was intended. That’s the kind of Dauntless I would want to be.
Last we have The Traitor, which I feel like is everyone’s favorite. We finally get some Fourtris action in this one and it’s nothing short of delightful. What’s great about it is that it’s not just the same chapters in Divergent repeated from his POV, no we get to see new stuff that was happening during Divergent. We get to see what Four’s up to when he’s not training the new initiates. It’s all really good stuff. But we also still get to see our favorite weak-in-the-knees scenes that we loved hearing the first time from Tris’s POV. For me there’s just something magical about a male’s perspective during romantic times. Hearing from the girl first is great because you get the swoon worthy angst and it’s all rainbows and fireworks, but then having the guy tell the same scene just makes me giddy. That takes a good amount of talent, so you go Veronica!
All in all Four was a great read and I’m painfully saddened that it’s over. There will always be re-reads, and there are 4 more movies coming, but the fact of the matter is that unless Veronica feels the need for more, Divergent is done. Nothing new will come across our eyes… so I’ll be crying in the corner if you need me.
The initiate in me is giving Four a full 5 star review, or flames in my case. Get the flames now? I’m so Dauntless ;P
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