Four: A Divergent Story Collection
Written by Veronica Roth
Published July 8th 2014
Thank you to Harper Collins Australia
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Two years before Beatrice Prior made her choice, the sixteen year old son of Abnegation’s faction leader did the same. His transfer to Dauntless is a chance to begin again. Here, he will not be called the name his parents gave him. He will not let fear turn him into a cowering child.He's been labelled as sultry, the ultimate book boyfriend, and a tattooed, brooding bad boy that fights for what he believes in. Now fans of the Divergent series can delve further into Four's world with never released scenes, and Four's own journey into Dauntless. Includes the series of short stories from the Divergent Collection, The Transfer, The Initiate, The Son, Free Four and The Traitor. It also includes three new scenes told from Tobias's point of view.
Newly christened as 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.
Four's story begins days before his Choosing ceremony. Still living under the rule of his abusive father, the council leader and one of the most prominent men in Abnegation. His only chance at freedom is to send a message, and with the knife he uses to cut his palm during the ceremony, he chooses Dauntless and is initiated into the fold.
We follow Four into his Dauntless training, his simulations and how he came by the nickname Four. He is struggling to live up to the expectations of his new Fraction, even though he is excelling at the top of his group. He begins to see the cracks forming within their society, when Jeanine Matthews takes an unlikely interest in the Fear Simulations. Refusing to become a leader, the title is given to Eric, who uses brutality to train and educate the new arrivals, including former Abnegation transfer Tris.
Discovering what Jeanine Matthews has in store for the new world, and Tris's results during the simulation test... And discovering that his need to protect her may be what puts them both in danger.
I thoroughly enjoyed Four's voice and point of view more than the actual series, and both Divergent and Insurgent I absolutely adored. I suspect at this point most of are probably not paying attention to me, but rather Theo James in the shower below.
Yes, you can thank me later. It doesn't matter what I say at this point, the images alone will make you want to purchase Four, it's a brilliant little read for fans of the Divergent series and all those who want to see Four's beginnings, and the thoughts behind the brooding book boyfriend.
For those in Australia and new Zealand, Harper Collins Australia is not only giving one lucky person a copy of the young adult edition of Four, but a signed Veronica Roth bookplate. To take Four home with you, just enter via Rafflecopter below and good luck.