Four: A Divergent Collection is a collection of five short stories from the Divergent trilogy, told from Tobias Eaton’s (Four) perspective, and written by Veronica Roth. The first story of the collection, Free Four: Tobias Tells the Divergent Knife-Throwing Scene, was released as an e-book on April 23, 2012. The second story, The Transfer, was released on September 3, 2013. The third story titled The Initiate, the fourth story The Son and the fifth and final story The Traitor were released on July 8, 2014. Simultaneously with the release of last three short stories, a collected edition of the five short stories titled Four: A Divergent Collection was released on July 8, 2014, which also features three exclusive scenes.
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According to Roth, these stories serve as a prequel to the Divergent trilogy. She said that “The e-shorts will address Tobias’s backstory and some of the mysterious things going on in the world before Tris chose Dauntless. Together, they form a kind of Tobias-centered Divergent prequel, though there is some overlap.”
Talking about her decision to write from the perspective of Four, Roth said, “In my mind, he has a distinct history and a complex psychology, so there’s always a lot to draw from when he’s on the page, and it’s an opportunity for me to break from Tris’s sparse, straightforward voice and try to introduce just a little bit more poetic language. I also know, from many tweets and blog comments and in-person comments, that Divergent readers are interested in hearing more of his voice, which made him an obvious candidate! My readers have given me so much enthusiasm and honesty and wisdom. The opportunity to write something that I knew they wanted to read was really appealing to me.”
In July 2014, Roth revealed that she initially wrote Divergent from Four’s point of view and at that time the character Tris was not present in the story. She explained that “it was the super rough draft. I’ve been calling it the “proto-draft.” It happened before the rough draft, which sounds crazy. It was just a couple of pages from his perspective, and it just didn’t work in the same way that Tris’s voice worked because she’s kind of surprising as the narrator of that particular story. But as I wrote the series, he became more complicated and his story started to feel urgent also. So, it’s great that they let me keep writing about him!”
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