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Four: The Traitor

18080923Title: Four: The Traitor (Divergent, Book 0.4)
Author: Veronica Roth
Published: July 8, 2014
Pages: 48
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★★★

The final installment of the Four stories overlaps with the beginnings of Divergent. Having seemingly settled into a role within the Dauntless faction, Tobias has never let his guard down, especially when it comes to faction leadership. And these suspicions lead him to uncover a plan that both shocks and worries him, while he has little time to decide how to react…

This one was interesting because it’s the only one of the stories that overlaps with one of the original books. It provides for a more complete story and knowing what Tobias knew makes me want to go back and re-read the first book to see if there are any hints in the text. But, that aside, this is a fitting end to the series and a great way to tie these back into the trilogy itself. It feels a bit rushed at a couple of points, but I think that’s because a knowledge of the series is assumed, so there is no need to expand on the information that one should already know.

Four: The Son by Veronica Roth

18080922Title: Four: The Son (Divergent, Book 0.3)
Author: Veronica Roth
Published: July 8, 2014
Pages: 65
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★★★★☆

After getting through Dauntless initiation, Tobias works to settle into his faction. There are roles they want him to play, and he’s not sure it’s what he’s comfortable with. And when someone from his past emerges, he learns there may be something going on between the factions that could spell danger for everyone.

I continue to enjoy the Four stories, as it’s interesting to see more from his perspective and to understand how he became the person we first see in Divergent. The added depth provided through these stories makes the original series more meaningful, but because these are so full of spoilers, they really should be read after finishing Allegiant and not before. I certainly wouldn’t mind another story or two focusing on Tobias, if there’s a place for them anywhere in his world…

Four: The Initiate by Veronica Roth

18668485Title: Four: The Initiate (Divergent, Book 0.2)
Author: Veronica Roth
Published: July 8, 2014
Pages: 65
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Author Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Review:

Four’s story continues past his decision to transfer factions and we, the readers, get a chance to see what his own initiation was like. The challenges he faces and the way things unfold test Four in new ways and help explain how the circumstances of Divergent came to be.

The second of four prequel shorts, I feel like this one is the most telling about the Dauntless and many of the secondary characters (like Eric) and where they’re coming from by the time Tris arrives. An intriguing and engaging follow up to the end of the series. I’m definitely planning to continue with the remaining two stories…

Four: The Transfer by Veronica Roth

18080920Title: Four: The Transfer (Divergent, Book 0.1)
Author: Veronica Roth
Published: September 3, 2013
Pages: 55
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Author Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Review:

Go back to where it all begin. Before Tris transferred to Dauntless from Abnegation, there was Tobias Eaton. This short tells the story of his test, the circumstances of his choice, and his start in his new faction.

Having read this after finishing the main series, I found it to be quite poignant (as I did with all of the Four-related prequel stories). Even though they’re short, there’s a great deal of backstory and character motivation that comes out here. And since I left Allegiant feeling like it’s as much about Tobias as it is Tris, it was nice to go back and connect where he is at the end with where he was in the beginning. Definitely recommended for fans of the series, especially those who may have struggled with the way it ended.

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Allegiant_DemiJacket_WetProofTest.inddTitle: Allegiant (Divergent, Book 3)
Author: Veronica Roth
Published: October 22, 2013
Pages: 526
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publisher Link: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Review:

After learning the truth about their city, Four and Tris need to go beyond its walls to see what is beyond. They are Divergent and are the point of the experiment, after all. So with the help of a few others, they will defy the city’s new leadership and make contact with the outside world. But is what they find the truth? After everything they’ve been through, they’re almost conditioned now to question authority and what they’re told. And that’s something that could save their lives…or just as easily get them killed.

I enjoyed this so much more than the second installment. The action picks back up here and there is the unique factor of switching the narration between the viewpoints of Tris and Four. As a reader, I felt like it was great to get more insight into Four’s thought process and by following them both, the reader knows more about what is going on than in the previous books. This was also very interesting to me because as I reached the end of the book, I felt like the overall story is just as much (or perhaps even more so) about Four as it is Tris, and understanding him better made the ending so much easier to accept. I know many people don’t like the way this ended, but I honestly can’t see it ending any other way. (And here’s hoping the films stay true to the books in this regard and don’t try to change it to mollify the masses…)

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

11735983Title: Insurgent (Divergent, Book 2)
Author: Veronica Roth
Published: May 1, 2012
Pages: 525
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Author Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Review:

After the attack on Abnegation, it is clear to Tris and Four that there is something much larger going on than they ever could have imagined. All-out war among the factions is inevitable and it’s difficult to know where everyone stands. Together, they need to unite those who are willing to stand up against Jeanine and the other forces threatening to bring down everything upon which their society is built. But there are secrets that Tris and Four have yet to uncover–about themselves and about the real reasons for Jeanine’s actions…

In some ways, I think I liked this better than the first novel. We get the chance to see how some of the other factions live that we didn’t get to see in the first book. It’s also very interesting to see the layers to the political dynamics and understand how the events at the end of the first book were likely brewing for some time, but there was no real mechanism to shut it down. There are, of course, several moments where I wanted to reach through the pages and shake Tris, but what else is new there? Definitely looking forward to seeing this adapted to the big screen this weekend…

Title: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Publication Date: April 25, 2011

Rating: ★ ★ ★  ☆
Review: 
I’ve had this on my list of books to read for some time, but the release of the movie pushed it to the top of the pile. I’d heard enough about it to have a basic understanding of what to expect – and also enough to guess that I’d be likely to enjoy it (I do have a soft spot for female-driven dystopian stories).

And even though hype before I read something has a tendency for me to be skeptical and more critical, I didn’t really find much I didn’t like about this book. I think the only real issue I had was the way the plot suddenly shifts near the end of the book, but that was more necessitated by the the story itself, and isn’t something I’d actually give as a complaint about the book.

The characters are well-developed – especially Tris, since we’re getting everything from her perspective – but Four, Christina, Will, Eric, Peter, and all of the secondary characters have a personality with dimensions and we even get to see come character development beyond just the protagonist – always a plus. And I enjoyed the few minor references to it being set in a futuristic Chicago – I lived there for a year, so those few landmarks mentioned are all too familiar to me.

So definitely recommend this if you like dystopia and young adult.