Divergent fans have plenty to celebrate right now. In addition to the upcoming movie, Entertainment Weekly revealed covers for Four: A Divergent Collection yesterday. The book is actually a collection of short stories told from the perspective of Four, the love interest of Divergent’s protagonist, Tris. Each story will have its own cover, in addition to a master cover for the collection.
The stories in Four: A Divergent Collection will be released separately in e-book format, and together in hardcover edition. The first story, The Transfer, was released in September 2013, a month before Allegiant, the final book in the main trilogy. The last three stories -- The Initiate, The Son, and The Traitor -- will be released on July 8, along with the hardcover.
The stories follow Four (whose real name is Tobias Eaton) through his own journey from the faction Abnegation into Dauntless. The first three stories take place before Divergent, and The Traitor takes place at the same time. A short story called Free Four: Tobias Tells the Story was also released back in 2012 and tells a pivotal scene in Divergent from Tobias/Four’s point of view.
With the success of the Divergent books (and the hype for the upcoming movie), it’s no doubt this short story collection will be a success for author Veronica Roth. Your own Young Adult Fiction Examiner tends to shy away from books like these -- re-doings of popular novels written from a different character’s perspective. But Four is such a fascinating (and inherently likable) character that this one might be worth a look. And after the controversial ending of Allegiant (and subsequent backlash), perhaps a more, erm, pleasant Divergent-related story is just what fans need for closure to the series.
Will you buy Four: A Divergent Collection on July 8?
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