Release Date: September 3, 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books; 50 pages
More Four! Fans of the Divergent series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth will be thrilled by "The Transfer," the first of four new short stories told from Four’s perspective. Each brief story explores the world of the Divergent series through the eyes of the mysterious but charismatic Tobias Eaton, revealing previously unknown facets of his personality, backstory, and relationships.
This review will have spoilers from Divergent. Proceed with caution if you have not read Divergent.
The Transfer is a novella about the main character Tris's love interest Four. I am not gonna lie, just typing the name Four makes me smile. A friend of mine pointed out how much my face lights up when I speak about Four. I just absolutely love him. And if he were real, and I were a few years younger Tris would have to watch herself. Four is strong, but he is sensitive and loyal to anyone he chooses to protect. When I found out that there were going to be novellas written about Four, I was so excited. I couldn't wait to get inside of Four's head and see what was ticking!
One of the things I like about novellas is that they are usually optional. While they are fun to read, they usually aren't anything that you have to read to further the story. Usually they are a behind the scenes story, or a way to get to know a lesser character. It's a way for an author and reader to have fun, and get to know a character better. This is definitely the case with The Transfer. Which tells a little bit of the beginning of Four's story. About his life before he was a Dauntless Initiate. I've always wondered what exactly was going through Four's mind when he chose Dauntless over the faction that he born in Abnegation. I wondered how different Tobias was from "Four".
As with all novellas, The Transfer made me want more! Luckily there will be 4 other "Four" novellas coming out. I know that some people have complained about the length of The Transfer, but I thought it was just enough to hold me over. I think that's what novellas are supposed to do, since they are usually released in between books. It's something to hold you over while you wait for the next book to be released. And if this book did anything, it made me even more excited for Allegiant!