I thought it was only fitting to write this up now considering I just wrote about my thoughts on the Divergent series earlier today…also I only just clued in on this right now (fail by me).
Four: A Divergent Collection is a companion novel to Divergent and it is, obviously, written in Four’s (or Tobias’s) perspective. Here is the official synopsis from Epic Reads:
Readers first encountered Tobias as “Four” in Divergent. His voice is an integral part of Allegiant. Readers will find more of this charismatic character’s backstory told from his own perspective in Four: A Divergent Collection. When read together, these long narrative pieces illuminate the defining moments in Tobias’s life. The first three pieces in this volume—”The Transfer,” “The Initiate,” and “The Son”—follow Tobias’s transfer from Abnegation to Dauntless, his Dauntless initiation, and the first clues that a foul plan is brewing in the leadership of two factions. The fourth story, “The Traitor,” runs parallel with the events of Divergent, giving readers a glimpse into the decisions of loyalty—and love—that Tobias makes in the weeks after he meets Tris Prior.
As someone who MUCH prefers Four to Tobias (I know it is strange because they are the same person, but there is a difference – trust me on this one) this book should have been a shoo-in for me as something to look forward to. And that would have been the case if I hadn’t read Allegiant.
We all know how important his POV ended up being in the final book of the trilogy, but stylistically and character wise it was all wrong. Simply put: Tobias sounded like Tris. There was no separation in the voices making it highly difficult to understand sometimes because you would forget whose POV you were reading.
I have read a small excerpt from the book (which confused me a bit if I’m being honest – but that could be me misremembering things from the series) and it is hard to tell when you have maybe a page to look at, but maybe Veronica Roth has managed to actually write Four as a boy this time around. I don’t know…I’m going to need to see a bit more before I’m convinced.
While reading Divergent I loved Four because he was so mysterious and strong, but as the books went on and, especially in Allegiant, when we get more into his brain I actually started to really dislike his character. I think this is what I am scared of when it comes to this companion novel – I don’t want to end up hating Four the way I hate Tobias. Okay, that is a weird sentence when you know it is technically the same person…but hopefully you understand what I’m saying.
Well you have a bit of time to decide, the book comes out on July 8th of this year.
What are your thoughts on Four: A Divergent Collection? Do you hold the same fears about it as I do? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter (@melissaloparco).