Friday, July 18, 2014

Review: FOUR by Veronica Roth

Book Description:
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.
My Thoughts
Oh, Veronica Roth. It took me all of 2 paragraphs before I remembered how much I love this woman's writing style. Her voice is so clear and well done. I <3 it. 
If you don't ever get around to reading this collection of short stories, don't sweat it. You're not missing anything. Sure, the little behind-the-scenes snapshots from Four's life are interesting. Sometimes. Other times, I found myself raising an eyebrow and feeling like "well, this wasn't thought out before Insurgent and Allegiant were written."

I'm kind of a grump when it comes to short story collections, because I feel like they're just a money-grab from the publisher. No exception here, either. Especially since one of the short stories was released in between Divergent and Insurgent, so if you've been a fan from day 1, it's likely you've already read The Transfer. Which means that for us longtime fans, we really only get 3 brand new stories. And that is kind of lame. While I do appreciate this book being released as a physical book, I'm not thrilled that it cost $12. This is one you should check out from the library, or borrow from some sucker like me who bought it. Don't spend your cash on 200 pages of stuff that anyone with half an imagination has already fleshed out in their head.

If you're a hardcore fan, by all means, read it. Just don't expect anything new and earth-shattering.

Personally, I'm hoping Ms. Roth moves on soon and sets her skills on a new series. Her writing style is just so great, and I hope she continues with it and doesn't waste her time on more gimmicks for the publisher. 

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