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Four by Veronica Roth

Oh, Four. You’re one crazy guy.

FourTitle:  Four
Author:  Veronica Roth
SeriesDivergent Books 0.1 to 0.4
Publish Date:  July 8, 2014
Genre:  YA Distopian
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s DescriptionTwo 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.

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.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Kat_Mandu_100Kat Mandu says…

It was interesting to see how much Four grows, how much braver and stronger he gets. I like that he can hold his own but also needs someone to inspire him at times.

For those who haven’t read the entire series – I have – I’m not including many spoilers. It was nice to see familiar faces from the trilogy, especially when you get to hear a lot more about the important people like Eric and Zeke. I like the combination of misgivings from both Marcus and Evelyn, not to mention the bad mojo he receives from Mark and Jeanine.

I like that Four is more comfortable in his own head than he is talking to people. He doesn’t have many social skills but him being that way means he’s not afraid of what people think about him – except for Tris, naturally.

badge4v4I like the stories and how they show a completely different perspective through Four’s eyes. He comes off as kind of mean in the first Divergent book, especially to his initiates, but when you read it from his point of view, it changes. He’s a lot more thoughtful and caring than people who haven’t read Allegiant probably know. Granted, he’s not my book boyfriend but he’s a good guy overall. 😀 I give it a four. Isn’t that ironic?

Our reviews in this series…

  • Divergent
  • Insergent
  • Allegiant

Other reviews…

If you like this book…

…you might try the Chemical Garden series by Lauren DeStefano, the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver, the Taken series by Erin Bowman, or the Roar series by Emma Clayton.

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

The final battle – the final sacrifice – and the final book in the Divergent series. The stakes have never been higher and I’m sad to see this one go.

allegiantTitle:  Allegiant
Author:  Veronica Roth
SeriesDivergent Book 03
Publish Date:  October 22, 2013
Genre:  YA Distopian
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s DescriptionThe faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered – fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningliess. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend to complexities of human nature – and of herself – while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

Told from a riveting dual perspective, ALLEGIANT, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the DIVERGENT series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in DIVERGENT and INSURGENT.

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Kat_Mandu_100Kat Mandu says…

I think I liked this more than Insurgent. Exciting kinds of world-buidling – like having two worlds in one. The faction-shattered world they left behind and the one they’re in now – where nothing is ever black and white. I loved the action and mystery of never knowing who was on what side was really cool.

I actually loved Tobias’s point of view. It’s interesting to see how he really is deep inside when he comes off as a tough guy in Tris’s perspective. I like that he’s actually vulnerable and driven by his past. I like that both characters have faults so they don’t come off as perfect. And I love that tough Tris came back. She was her fearless self again, more akin to the Abnegation within her genes.

Sometimes the GD/GP got confusing, especially since I’m not a very science-oriented person. But the author kept it fairly simple and that was nice.

I love the introduction of some new characters, as well as some growth with our older ones. You see Cara and Christina in a better light, maybe even Caleb after all he’s done. Nita and Matthew played some interesting roles as well as David. There are characters that die and there are characters that are reborn in ways you don’t expect.

badge4v4Overall, I really enjoyed reading this trilogy. I wish I would have had more time to read it. I’m excited to see all the rest of the movies come to life.

Our reviews in this series…

  • Divergent
  • Insurgent

Other reviews…

If you like this book…

…you might try the Chemical Garden series by Lauren DeStefano, the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver, the Taken series by Erin Bowman, or the Roar series by Emma Clayton.

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Intense, both emotionally and physically. Small spoilers ahead.

InsurgentTitle:  Insurgent
Author:  Veronica Roth
SeriesDivergent Book 02
Publish Date:  May 1, 2012
Genre:  YA Dystopian
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s DescriptionOne choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Kat_Mandu_100Kat Mandu says…

Emotionally – I like that the author ups the growing tension between Tris and Tobias. I read a lot of reviews that people thought Tris was too whiny and self-destructive, but her character had also faced the death of both parents and that would be enough to offset a lot of her original strength and curiosity. I like that Tris went against the grain and went with her gut at the end, betraying even those she loved for what she believed in. I like that she never gets over her fear of holding a gun because of what happened with Will. And I like how the relationships with Uriah, Christina, Tori, Caleb, and Peter all begin to change. There’s just a lot of emotional conflict that I feel opened up plot lines that were free to “diverge” on their own.

Physically – Lots of action. I loved the brewing war within Erudite and Dauntless. I love that Tris may have been self-sacrificial a lot but she was pretty brave to help other Divergents escape when they were attacked, very brave to act against Eric to save others, and very brave to listen in on plans Candor’s leader were making with Erudite’s leaders. Tris always stands up for what she thinks is right, even if it’s wrong and that makes her action scenes more interesting for me.

I love the new interactions of new characters. There’s so much drama brewing for the Eaton family – Evelyn showing up as the leader of the factionless and Marcus doing his own thing as usual. I love the description of Joanna, how she has a scar over her eye, making her decision to be an Amity leader very intriguing since the Amity faction is all about peace and love. And I like how both Peter and Cara step up to the plate when they’re needed most.

I was saddened to see a couple people go – not naming names for spoilers but the girls near the end. Very sad. One thrown off the roof – one of the most intense scenes I’ve ever read – and the other shot down. Roth knows her extremes.

badge4v4I actually took one of those online tests for fun to see where I’d fall into faction wise. I ended up with a Divergent result, mostly a mix of Amity and Abnegation with a little bit of Erudite. I can’t imagine what it would be like to live in a world where you only had to focus on one particular virtue.

Our reviews in this series…

  • Divergent

Other reviews…

If you like this book…

…you might try the Chemical Garden series by Lauren DeStefano, the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver, the Taken series by Erin Bowman, or the Roar series by Emma Clayton.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

I don’t read a lot of dystopian fiction so when I get to escape into a somewhat post-apocalyptic world, it’s always fun. Spoiler free review ahead!

DivergentTitle:  Divergent
Author:  Veronica Roth
SeriesDivergent Book 01
Publish Date:  May 3, 2011
Genre:  YA Dystopian
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s DescriptionIn Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Kat_Mandu_100Kat Mandu says…

Divergent has nice world building, lots of action, unique characters. I like the pacing and the simple yet vivid descriptions.

Tris is a very…interesting character. She has flaws though she won’t admit it. And she’s very emotional. But she’s also fearless…well, when she’s not being afraid that is. Tris is a very multi-faceted character who switches personalities easily but it makes for a believable read because readers are left wondering what she’s going to think next. At one point she’s strong and brave, the next she’s scared and dependent on others for support. Sometimes she comes off as very intelligent and prepared, the next she’s making a terrible decision. Very human, very teenager, very real.

I love the zip line scene the best. It shows Tris overcoming all that fear and finding her identity; and for the first time, feeling like she belongs somewhere. For the first time she feels brave and loved and it’s a wonderful scene.

badge4v4Oh, Four, what an interesting guy you are. Half the scenes reveal Tris and Four have so many love-hate moments. One moment they’re sharing secrets and kissing, the next she’s slapping him in the face. Semi-cliffhanger ending, I like that. Overall, a very good book, just not unputdownable for me. When I first read this, it was really the first dystopian I’d ever read and although the world building and the fight scenes was great, I had a hard time visualizing some of the other things that were happening and that didn’t flow well for me.

*My thoughts on the movie: The actors chosen for this movie were pretty spot on, though it must be strange for Theo James to play an eighteen-year old! I liked the zip line scene better in the book, though I liked the final fight scene against Jeanine better in the movie (she throws a knife into her hand!). Also, they left out Edward, which sucked because he was kind of an important character in this book as well as the next.

Other reviews…

If you like this book…

…you might try the Chemical Garden series by Lauren DeStefano, the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver, the Taken series by Erin Bowman, or the Roar series by Emma Clayton.