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.
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.
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.
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.
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.