January 24, 2017

Review: Four: A Divergent Collection

Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth

Aaron Stanford - Narratorđź‘Ť
Duration: 06:33:12
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I feel like I've struck gold!  I was able to get the audiobook collection at my library. I'd won a signed by the author hardback of Four (A Divergent Collection) by Veronica Roth awhile ago and it's been sitting on my shelf. Because I'm lazy I can now read along while I listen to it.

Book Description 

Fans of the Divergent trilogy by #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth will be thrilled by Four: A Divergent Collection, a companion volume that includes four pre-Divergent stories plus three additional scenes from Divergent, all told from Tobias's point of view. This collection also makes a great pick for fans of the blockbuster movies who want to delve deeper into the character played by Theo James. Readers first encountered Tobias as "Four" in Divergent. His voice is an integral part of Allegiant. Readers will find more of this charismatic character's backstory told from his own perspective in Four: A Divergent Collection. When read together, these long narrative pieces illuminate the defining moments in Tobias's 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...

The Transfer
I listened to this on audio from the library
Tobias Eaton didn't want to be in Abnegation because of his father. His mother left him, and for all he knew, she was dead. The night before the choosing ceremony, he was whipped and beaten again, for having lied to his father, lies that were exaggerated by his father, Marcus. What a terrible thing to have to suffer! Tobias knew one thing: He had to get away from his father. The only faction he felt sure he could be, was Dauntless.

The Initiate
I borrowed the audiobook from the library. Tobias was immediately taken in by Dauntless. He passed all their rigorous tests and played a game of Dare. Surprising even himself that he would excel at becoming the top initiate. He made few friends but Amar, who was closer to him than anyone else, suddenly and mysteriously is found dead and blames Eric and Jeanine for Amar's death. In the fear simulation, it revealed that Tobias only had four concerns, so Amar nicknamed him Four.

The Son
Dauntless leader Max wants Four to become the new leader. Somebody is entering his apartment and leaving messages. He wants to know who. He learns it was his mother, Evelyn Eaton. She is alive and is a member of the Factionless. She fills Tobias with crazy notions and a certain paranoia that Jeanine and Eric have plans to attack Erudite but mainly that she asks her Son to join her in being Factionless. He refuses.
Four learns not to trust anyone and thinks if he becomes a new leader in Dauntless he will be just an easy pawn for Jeanine Matthews and Max to manipulate. So, he decides to become an initiation instructor and work in the computer control room.

The Traitor
Two years later, Tris Prior arrives. She is one of the new initiates. It is the beginning of when the shit hits the fan. He is a traitor to everybody, and the only other person he trusts is Tris whom he falls in love with. He keeps her secret too.

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