Saturday, October 25, 2014

Four, by Veronica Roth

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.

     It is interesting to know, for those who are fans of Divergent series, how the author had an inicial plan to write Four´s story, instead of Tris´. I believe this book is a great extension for those who are truly fans or just appreciate this series.
     The story explores the life Tobias had before he entered the Dauntless faction, and how disgusting it was, given that his father, Marcus, controlled everything he did and made him suffer from being a divergent. As one of the faction leaders, Marcus tried to shape Tobias´s behavior and make his life a hell.
     The book is divided into stories which are parts of his life, and the biggest part of the book happens as he is a Dauntless. Dropped inside of the Dauntless world readers are already familiar with from Tris’ initiation, Roth does not waste any time reestablishing the world. Instead, in a condensed space, readers are treated to a glimpse at the life Tobias was desperate to flee and the emotional backlash of his choice to do so. The result is a new appreciation for the harsh exterior Four portrays in Divergent after discovering the pieces of his training he used to build it. The reader can get to know new pieces that complete the story we already know.
     The book already counts with extra scenes with Tris; they are cheap and occupied two to three pages, not enriching that much that is promised. 
      Event though the book "Four" brings many missing pieces to the Divergent story, it leaves the reader wanting more.

Depression after reading: 77%
Final Rating: 81%

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