‘Four’ by Veronica Roth is a collection of short stories told from the perspective of Tobias Eaton, also known as; Four. The book “Four’ was a fun read, and an interesting look into the Dauntless world. Almost like a novella, this book was centered on the beloved Tobias, from the Divergent Series. Told entirely from his perspective, before and after meeting Tris, this collection of short stories was an enjoyable and relaxing read. Fans of the Divergent series will not be disappointed with this book!
As a huge fan of the Divergent series and Veronica Roth, I was very excited to read this book, and the hype about ‘Four’ had me extremely eager. I was very happy with the overall ending of the Divergent series. Maybe not so much with the chosen character deaths, but I loved the series all the same. I am one of the many Divergent fans (basically everyone) who fell in love with our stunning Dauntless trainer ‘Four’. I was always interested to see what Four/Tobias, was thinking and feeling throughout the story, so a book told from his perspective was very appeling to me.
I will say that despite my love for Four and this series, as much as I enjoyed reading this book, I was not entirely blown away. Unlike the rest of the Divergent series, ‘Four’ lacked the action that I loved in the other books. Though we got an inside look and more detailed description of what Four’s dauntless training was like, it lacked the action seen in the other books.
Through the book, I also found myself at times almost bored with the book. Some events throughout the book were repetitive and really didn’t mean anything. I felt many of his thoughts and encounters in the control room were unimportant. And I felt like most of what was going on wasn’t intriguing or as suspenseful as many of the other details in the rest of the series.
With that being said, there were a few parts I enjoyed in the novel. I enjoyed reading the scenes of Four and Tris’s encounters, seeing as they were now from Four’s perspective. Like any reader, I think there’s a part of us that wants to know what the boy is thinking through the story, especially when it comes to their relationships. These type of scenes I enjoyed the most and they were a lot of fun to read.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. There were things I enjoyed about the book, and some things I could do without. As a fan of the series I did appreciate this novel and it was an interesting read. I think if you really enjoyed your overall experience reading the Divergent series you’ll like this book. It defiantly wasn’t a great book, but I applaud Veronica Roth for deciding to write another Divergent series book/novella; after some of the reactions she gained from the last book ‘Allegiant’.
REVIEW by Isabel Naquin