“I am not Tobias Eaton, not anymore, never again. I am Dauntless.”
I was one of those rare readers who didn’t hate how the Divergent series ended. No spoilers, but the ending angered a lot of people, but it really didn’t bother me. I enjoyed reading the chapters from Four’s POV in Allegiant. Tobias “Four” Eaton is one of my all-time favorite characters, so I was excited to see that this novella collection from his perspective came out. He’s such a complex character and I feel like these novellas really help readers get to the bottom of who he is. Yes, I know I’m behind the times…this book has been out for a while, but just go with it. I’ve written mini-reviews for each individual novella in this book. Some of the “reviews” turned into play-by-plays as I read them. Forgive me for that.
- The Transfer: This was a great story to start out with. I thought it was really interesting to see what led to Tobias choosing Dauntless over Abnegation. We know why Tris transferred from her POV in Divergent, but it was a totally different scenario for Tobias. For him, Dauntless meant freedom and a chance to start over. Readers know why Tobias went by the name Four (bc of his fears) but it was also great to see why he also needed to escape being Marcus Eaton’s son. Yes, we got that from the other books, but reading it from Tobias’ POV is different. I was really feeling for him and my hatred towards Marcus got kicked up a notch. I don’t remember if we knew Eric was Erudite before he transferred to Dauntless because it’s been a while since I read the other Divergent series books, but I found it interesting. Also, yes to Tori.
- The Initiate: So, elderly Dauntless sometimes take a wild jump into a chasm to avoid being factionless? Wow. I loved getting to see Four bond with his fellow initiates – mooning Erudites and laughing. Hallelujah for Four learning how to have friends! It was interesting to see Amar coaching Four on how to hide being Divergent, considering Four later does that for Tris. I remember Four telling Tris that Amar was Divergent and that he died for it, but it’s different to actually read about it happening and to have “met” Amar. Freaking Jeanine. She’s the stuff of nightmares. But he saw his mother at the end! Or at least, it seems like he did. I liked this novella a lot. I feel like I understand Four even more now.
- The Son: I kind of got the feeling that Four became interested in teaching after helping Shauna to be a better fighter. This novella gave a little more insight into why he chose to be the initiate instructor. The thing I really enjoyed about this story is Four’s transition from former Abnegation to true Dauntless. Initiation is over, he has his own apartment, and he’s consciously aware of his old Abnegation habits. It was also really interesting to read about his first encounter with his mother, post fake-death debacle and how his interaction with her was the final push he needed to shred off his Abnegation past. Not a lot happened, action-wise. This novella just filled in some more gaps.
- The Traitor: This novella was different than the others because it takes place after Four meets Tris, while the others happened before. As much as I loved Four, I really never liked Tris. This novella was probably my least favorite simply because Beatrice was back.
Overall, I feel like this book added a lot of backstory and character development for Four. I’m glad that I read it. Some people don’t care for novellas, but I typically enjoy them. I hate when a series comes to an end, so novellas always help me relive stories I love. I’d recommend this book for people who like Four’s character!
Goodreads rating: 4.17/5
Amazon.com rating: 4.5/5
My rating: 4.5/5
Happy reading! – Caitlyn