A Divergent Collection

Book - 2014
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A collection of four pre-Divergent stories plus three additional scenes from Divergent, all told from Tobias's point of view, that follow Tobias's transfer from Abnegation to Dauntless, his Dauntless initiation, the first clues that a foul plan is brewing in the leadership of two factions, and the weeks after he meets Tris Prior.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, 2014
Edition: First edition
Description: xiv, 285 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780062345219
Branch Call Number: TEEN Roth


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Sep 21, 2018

It was amazing to see Four's side of things because we didnt really know what he was thinking or how he felt until Alleigent. It was a nice change of perspective and very good on Veronica Roth's part

Jan 15, 2018

This was a nice flashback for me after already reading the series... It also reveals some of Four (Tobias's) past before meeting Tris which wasn't really mentioned in the series... This is a nice short read!

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Oct 12, 2017

I never read the divergent series.. But I have seen the movies.. Four is by far one of my favorite characters this book is perfect before Tris, before the first jump.

Aug 25, 2017

A MUST READ. Ive seen the movies, well the first two, and when i saw the book i was thrilled to be able to read it. the book is extremely detailed, and so much emotion in it that you are transported to a different place. in this case the book and movies are paralell

Mar 25, 2017

If you have read the Divergent series and loved it than you should read Four because it gives you parts of the first book and before the first book from Four's perspective.

Mar 08, 2017

This book supplies missing details from the series.

DBRL_KrisA Nov 26, 2016

Recommended for: those who have already read the Divergent trilogy, or at least the first book. These stories assume a familiarity with the various factions, and other information you discover in the trilogy. Also, there are definitely spoilers for the original series in this book.

The four short stories that make up the majority of this volume are a prequel of sorts for the Divergent trilogy, telling some of the back story for Four. Roth writes in the introduction that she had initially intended to write the series from the point of view of Four, but it wasn't until she switched to Tris's POV that the writing began to flow. Nevertheless, these four stories are a good insight into what makes Four the man he is, and give the reader more information on the Dauntless faction and some of the other Dauntless characters from the trilogy. A really great addition to the original series, but not necessary reading to understand the plot of the trilogy.

Aug 05, 2016

Quick enjoyable read that explores Tobias' history before Divergent starts (first three stories) and revisits a time toward the end of Divergent to reveal a little more information about those events. While Tobias' life was certainly no walk in the park, this book provides a bit of relief from the severe darkness of the main trilogy (from late Divergent onward), and it was nice to revisit a few of the happier scenes.

Jul 27, 2016

This is a backstory of Four/Tobias' life, before he joined Dauntless and met Tris. Obviously, the struggles and hardships he faced are narrated in this book, through his perspective. his is a behind the scenes collection of important parts in his life: initiation, choosing, and more. I, personally, found that this did not meet my standards, for I had already pictured how Four's life was after reading the trilogy. But for those who prefer reading over dreaming, this would be a good narrative or standard of what his life was like. Definitely, readers should invest time in this if they liked the Trilogy or the movies. 4/5
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

These are some extra backstories about one of the main characters of Divergent, Four. This should be read after the Divergent Trilogy has been finished, just so that there is a better understanding of what is going on. These extra stories are entertaining in themselves, and are good for any readers that were curious about what happened before the plot of Divergent occurred. This isn't necessary to read after the series has been completed, but it is a good addition to the original series.
- @loona of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 20, 2016

Wow!!! I loved the book! Everyone who has read the trilogy has to read this!

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Aug 22, 2015

And what I've told her is so vague as to be negligible, because I have a problem with specificity.

Aug 22, 2015

...the acknowledgement that life can and should be lived without fear.

Aug 22, 2015 Abnegation I would go over to her house for dinner with her family if I was interested in her, I would find out what volunteering project she was working on and insinuate myself into it.

Aug 13, 2015

"Fear doesn't shut you down. It wakes you up."

-Four (Tobias Eaton)

Jul 07, 2015

“I'll have to keep looking for more of them, more brief moments of freedom in a world that refuses to allow it.”

Jul 07, 2015

"One Choice, Breaks free of his past

One Choice, Embraces his future

One Choice, Exposes the dangers

One Choice, Changes him- forever

One Choice will free him”

Jul 07, 2015

“The ability to think isn't exclusive to erudite”

Jul 07, 2015

“I want some kind of reminder that while wounds heal, they don't disappear forever- I carry them everywhere, always, and that is the way of things, the way of scars.”

Jul 07, 2015

“I stopped allowing myself to dream, because it was more painful to long for things and never get them than to deal with whatever was in front of me.”

Jul 07, 2015

“Dead people can be our heroes because they cant disappoint us later; they only improve over time, as we forget more and more about them.”

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Aug 12, 2015

This book explains the life story of Tobias Eaton (From Divergent) in first person perspective. It explains why he first chose Dauntless and how well he managed during and after initiation-now called Four, he considers his transfer from Abnegation to Dauntless a fresh beginning, a new life. This book includes certain scenes from Divergent with Beatrice Prior.

whitefalcon17 Sep 03, 2014

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.
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.


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Sep 15, 2014

Other: There are one or two times where Tobias gets drunk.

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