Parents' Guide to

Four: A Divergent Collection

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Short stories about Four are fun if a bit underwhelming.

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age 13+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 16+

It was OK

It was OK. Not as good as I expected. Not for kids.
age 12+

Really good stories

I know I'm not the only one who wanted to read Divergent from Four's POV and learn more about his past, which is why this book collection is so good. Like CSM said, most of the information is already known, but we get a peek inside of Four's thoughts and how different he may have seemed to Tris. His voice is more distinctive here than it was in Allegiant, too, which is good. Violence: Not as violent as the Divergent trilogy, but still plenty of violence. The Dauntless engage in fights and dangerous stunts. Four finds out about the planned attack on Abnegation. His instructor, Amar, fakes suicide. Four was abused by Marcus, and there is some talk about his punishments. Sex: Some kissing and making out. Four mentions wanting to touch Tris and subconsciously doing so. Language: A few instances of swearing. Drinking: Four and some other Dauntless partake in alcohol in a few instances (they're not underage )

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (20 ):

Four fans will be thrilled to read more (and overlapping!) stories from a favorite character's perspective. Especially since, even in the stories before he meets Tris, readers learn more about his background, his early Dauntless friends, and his state of mind in the two critical years before Tris joins him in the Faction and changes his life. Not much of the plot details or characterizations will be revelations to Divergent readers, but Four's voice is actually sharper here than in Allegiant, where it was sometimes easy to confuse with Tris' POV.

Ultimately, these stories are like the special features on a DVD: fun to experience but slightly unnecessary to the overall appreciation of the work (in this case, the Divergent trilogy). Four's appeal is partially due to his quiet strength, his mysterious background, and his ability to show his vulnerable side to Tris. Roth added his point of view in Allegiant, so there's nothing particularly novel about his voice in these stories. Still, it's fun to revisit secondary characters (Uriah's older brother Zeke, Shauna, and Tori are especially well represented), even if you know what will happen to them. And, of course, it's especially lovely to see some moments from Divergent retold from Four's point of view, because it shows how Tris didn't always know what he was thinking or feeling about her.

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