Four by Veronica Roth
Score: 5 stars
Genre: Fiction, Sci-fi Fantasy
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.
1. One thing I love about this prequel to the Divergent trilogy is that it follows the course of two years of a very powerful and memorable character in the series. Four is already somewhat of a vague character in the series but this prequel takes the reader into his past and not only reveals secrets we didn't know, but also goes deeper into the ones we already knew.
2. The main character in the book of course is Four but I fell in love all over again with not only his character, but the others as well. I loved how they all kind of complemented each other in different ways such as being loose and goofy at times in a dark and scary environment.
3. I loved Four's character in the Divergent trilogy but wished that I could've gotten to know more about his past and his story. This book delivered perfectly! The story starts out with Tobias getting ready for his Choosing Ceremony, at the time living with his abusive father, Marcus Eaton. It follows him through that time, through the ceremony and documents his journey after joining the Dauntless faction. I loved seeing his character grow from a scared and battered person to a much stronger and braver character that still struggles with his fears and his past.
4. The story kept me hooked from beginning to end which isn't always easy with a book, especially when it's a part of a series told from a different point of view. Luckily the story was very powerful with emotions of fear and pain and I loved reading further into the book as Four grows stronger not only physically but mentally and emotionally too. It wasn't as action packed as Divergent but still kept me on the edge of my seat as secrets were exposed and enemies were made.
Age Recommendation: 12+
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