BONUS BOOK: Four by Veronica Roth

“I’m not sure bravery is something you acquire more of with age, like wisdom – but maybe here, in Dauntless, bravery is the highest form of wisdom, the acknowledgement that life can and should be lived without fear.”

Genre: Dystopian, Adventure, Fiction

Book Jacket 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. From #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth comes a companion volume to the worldwide bestselling Divergent series, told from the perspective of the immensely popular character Tobias. The four pieces included here – The Transfer, The Initiate, The Son, and The Traitor – plus three additional exclusive scenes, give readers an electrifying glimpse into the history and heart of Tobias, and set the stage for the epic saga of the Divergent trilogy.”

Review: After reading Four, I think I need to amend a statement I made in my review of Happily Ever After, companion novel to the Selection series. In my review, I came to the realization that “I don’t like novellas if they act as a companion to much bigger novels or series.” I can now say that that statement is not entirely true. Overall, I felt like Four was a nice addition to the Divergent series. It was interesting to have a window into Four’s background and to better understand how his upbringing influenced his actions. While I felt like Kiera Cass stretched herself too thin by focusing on six different characters in Happily Ever After, Veronica Roth achieved a much more manageable scope by focusing solely on Four. In my opinion, Roth is also a better writer than Cass, which likely added to my enhanced opinion of Four. I doubt I will ever read Four again, but I also don’t fee like my time spent reading it was wasted (as I did after reading Happily Ever After). For fans of the Divergent series, Four is a welcomed opportunity to return to that world.




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