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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (27 Aug. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007550146
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007550142
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (327 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Divergent:

“The next big thing.” (Rolling Stone )

“If you like Hunger Games & Twilight, then get stoked for DIVERGENT! Trust us on this―this baby is going to blow up BIG! And if you chose to remain factionless, then you’re gonna be one lonely soul.” (PerezHilton.com )

“A memorable, unpredictable journey from which it is nearly impossible to turn away” – Publishers Weekly

“A taut and shiveringly exciting read! Tris is exactly the sort of unflinching and fierce heroine I love. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.” Melissa Marr, bestselling author of Wicked Lovely

“DIVERGENT is a captivating, fascinating book that kept me in constant suspense and was never short on surprises. It will be a long time before I quit thinking about this haunting vision of the future.” James Dashner, author of ‘The Maze Runner

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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. 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 per-spective 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." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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There are four short main stories; The Transfer, The Initiate, The Son and The Traitor in this book which run just before Divergent and alongside Divergent told from Four's point of view so if you are wondering when you can read these stories without ruining the main trilogy of books for yourself then you will be fine to read this book once you have finished reading Divergent.
There are also three very short stories at the end of this book too; "First Jumper - Tris!", "Careful Tris" and "You Look Good, Tris" which are a few pages long each but are a nice addition to the book and again we get to see Four's point of view in a few of the parts from Divergent.
I would have preferred to have read this book straight after Divergent if I had known it could be read then but I didn't and read this after the final book Allegiant. I would definitely recommend reading it earlier as it does add to the content of Divergent and I was a bit disappointed with the ending of Allegiant so I feel the shine was taken off this set of mini stories for me by the time I read it but I love the character Four and these stories are really interesting to read.

The Transfer tells the story of Four's own decision to leave Abnegation and you will already know the reasons why if you have read Divergent but it is really interesting to see how it all actually played out for Four and get a more in depth insight into what his life was like before Dauntless along with his own thoughts and feelings. We also meet Amar and learn how Four was given the name Four by him. A good short story and a nice insight in Four's life before Dauntless and Tris.

The Initiate tells the story of Four's own initiation into Dauntless and how the initiation process was before it was changed when Tris joins Dauntless later on.
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I quite enjoyed this book, the 4 stories about Four. We see a bit of Four before the choosing ceremony and what impact the initiate period for him was. But also not really thinking about it when you read the first book Divergent – some of the events that has happened, Four had a massive hand in it. I can’t tell you exactly what he did or when as I don’t want to spoil things. But it did gave me more appreciation for Four then I already had.
It also makes sense why his initiates were a bit ‘out of control’ and how the rule came in place to fight for your top spot otherwise you will be ‘factionless’. Also it became clear that Jeanine was in on this plot for a very long time and that Tris and Tobias were just ‘unlucky’ or ‘lucky’ to be in the middle of the big reveal.

The relationship with his father and mother and how the rivalry existed between him and Eric, how he sees Tris through his eyes I loved it!

Veronica has done a great job in creating this world for Four, just what I was after and I know I might be in the minority here – but I really enjoyed his perspective on things.

I know it is a short review – but the book is quite short, but I can recommend this book to read after you’ve read the Divergent Trilogy or maybe just after Divergent.
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Great stories. It was nice to read stories from 4's perspective. The only reason I could not give this 5 stars is because, in Roth's own acknowledgment page, her writing is better through Tris' voice.

Anybody who has read Divergent would know why 4 needed to leave the Abnegation, his trials through Dauntless, to making becoming the legend that is 4. The second, third and fourth story add to work well along side the Divergent book. They show 4's own investigation into the Dauntless conspiracy.

The last 3 stories are passages from Divergent rewritten from 4's perspective, they are good, i did like the way way 4 tries to emulate his mentor with the new initiatives. Also the way he puts on a face on for the students but shakes on the inside after a confrontation. Great book a touch below Divergent but still great and and a good compliment to the first book.
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By Lauren on 21 Sept. 2015
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Four consists of four short stories about... you guessed it - Four! It was a relatively nice read for gaining a bit of insight into Four's past.

The first three stories (The Transfer; The Initiate; and The Son) are set quite close together and show Four's transformation from Abnegation to Dauntless. It was really nice (totally not the right word) to see how Four developed from a young boy scared of his own father to the brave man that Tris met. My heart cried out for him, especially in The Transfer where the abuse is so clearly shown.

The Traitor overlaps with the story in Divergent and follows Four as he tries to work out what Max and Jeanine are up to. We do gain that extra perspective of Four's growing feelings for Tris. But I will admit it did feel really like deja vu when I was reading. Sure we see what he's up to but there wasn't much to the story that we didn't already know. This sort of applies to all Four of the stories - we know the basics but are given that bit extra.

I did like seeing more of Four's relationships with the other Dauntless members. Especially his friendship with Zeke and Shauna and his growing animosity with Eric, Max, and Jeanine. You get the feeling that Zeke and Shauna really take Four under their wings and try to include him in things when he tries to stay to himself. I really don't think Four would have turned into the Four that we know in Divergent without them.

Overall, Four was a nice, little read but it was a bit samey and boring in places. It would have been nice to get some new information. Maybe a bit more of Four's life after Allegiant. Or maybe even a story of how the factions came to be in more detail than what is given in the trilogy.
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