While spending time with Four is always a pleasure, this short story collection adds little depth to our beloved hero and the Divergent series as a whole. Four’s motivations to join Dauntless are almost too close to Tris’s, which makes his journey feel redundant and uninspiring. However, the three prequel stories — “The Transfer”, “The Initiate” and “The Son” — are still more enjoyable than “The Traitor” and the selected Divergent scenes from Four’s perspective. Despite the overall lackluster nature of the collection, this is a fast-paced read that is a must for all Divergent fans.

Taking place two years before he meets Tris, “The Transfer”, “The Initiate” and “The Son” follow Four as he leaves his faction behind to join Dauntless, where he learns people and his society aren’t what they seem. And in “The Traitor”, the events leading up to Divergent’s explosive ending get a new spin thanks to Four’s perspective. Complete with bonus scenes told from Four’s point-of-view, Four: A Divergent Collection gives readers a new chance to experience Veronica Roth’s dystopian world one more time. (HARPER TEEN, Jul., 304 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780062345219, HC, 13 & Up)

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DJ DeSmyter