Fans of the Divergent series by number-one New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth will be thrilled by Four: A Divergent Collection, a companion volume that includes four pre-Divergent stories told from Tobias' point of view.
Listeners first encountered Tobias as "Four" in Divergent. His voice is an integral part of Allegiant. Listeners will find more of this charismatic character's backstory told from his own perspective in Four: A Divergent Collection. When taken together, these long narrative pieces illuminate the defining moments in Tobias' 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 listeners a glimpse into the decisions of loyalty - and love - that Tobias makes in the weeks after he meets Tris Prior.
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I read the book first, then I listened to the audiobook. I was about turn off my phone when I heard, "Keep listening for more..." Really? More? Yes!!!! There were three additional stories that were not in the book!!!!
In Allegiant, Four's voice wasn't very well developed. While his thoughts were clearly his own, Roth didn't successfully vary her writing to differentiate between Four and Tris. The first of the novellas in the book also suffered from the same lack of differentiation, but the other stories were much more obviously Four's voice. While she still had Four waxing philosophical as Tris did, he had a much more male edge to his voice.
I will avoid spoilers...Four's Fear Landscape was by far the best scene.
I wish I could have listened to the audiobook in one setting, but the reality of life intervened.
Aaron Stanford has captured the essence of Four. He enhanced Roth's writing and really brought it to life. I am frustrated that there were a few scenes from Divergent that I really wanted to hear from Four's perspective that Roth did not include. At the same time, I'm not sure how well those scenes would have transformed into independent story arches.
I really enjoyed Divergent, so Four was a special treat. And I had a similar revelation that I've had in other series, and that is that it's a shame we were following the wrong hero! Like in Lord of the Rings how Aragorn or Gimli or Legolas was much more interesting than the hobbits, or like James Potter, Lupin, and Sirius were much more interesting than Harry, Hermoine and Ron, I think Four his fellow initiates were more interesting than Tris!
But in any case, a second chance to visit that world, learn some new things and get some new insights, and enjoy the familiar story from a different point of view is pretty neat. I wish more authors gave their fans a similar opportunity!
I really enjoy the way Roth has written Four. It is very insightful getting the story from Four's point of view. There are a lot of details that you can guess at from the stories as told by Tris, but this fills in so much more detail. I also really like the character of Four, so I'm glad I got to hear more about him.
What I liked most was seeing how his relationship with Tris affected him.
Aaron Stanford has a voice that really fits the character of Four. He is easy to listen to.
Oh, definitely! If Veronica writes more like this she very well may redeem herself for the debacle that happened in the 3rd book (the compound etc...).
Aaron Stanford's performance was perfect. I would suggest anyone grabbing the audiobook over the print just for his compelling portrayal of Four.
It's a side story of Divergent and very nice
No need - it's alredy out. I think the producers would do well including those stories in the movies
I look forward to more stories from Four's point of view. I am a real fan of Veronica Roth, but since I saw the movie my passion has even increased, if possible.
I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!
Four himself...I just love his character...he is brave and honorable....I just adore him!!
I liked the point of view of this...Four's story is a lot more interesting then Tris's....this was great!
When he saves Tris of course! :)
Both laughter and tears....lol
I loved this, I think I almost liked it more than the Series...I only wish it was longer...a must listen for anyone who has read the series....2 huge thumbs up!!
Granted, it is understood that this is supplemental to the Divergent book. However, it is just so disjointed the way it bounces around, it's hard to gather the character development along the bumpy ride.
Had this not been a YA novel, it may have been great to put it all together and make Divergent and Insurgent in the style that Allegiant was made with alternating perspectives. But that would have made for more Fantasy Epic than YA. It also just seems like there was more there but the author abandoned the idea and stopped writing these segments.
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