Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: Harper Collins (2013)
"The Transfer," is 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.
I absolutely love short stories—I find them to be quite helpful and interesting when it comes to getting to know more about a certain character or a specific narrative moment. Too bad I don’t get to read them more often… but this one, this particular piece, I can assure you I was dying to put my hands on it.
The Transfer is the first of four stories about one of the most beloved male characters in all dystopian worlds—Tobias Eaton or, as many know him by, Four. Instead of giving us, readers, a little bit more of the inside, of the amazing and unbelievably surprising world building that Roth created, the author decides to show us a different side of Four, a less mature one but still very damaged. In a way, we get to know the how and the why of all, something we weren’t totally aware, and that is the best part of The Transfer.
To actually read in Four’s perspective not only gives us a sense of comfort and familiarity, of curiosity, as it also swipes away any doubts or possible uncertainties that might have occurred during previous readings—plus, it sort of prepares us for what’s coming, in Allegiant, as we’ll have both Tris and Four’s POVs.
He is, in lack of better words, an utterly strong and outstanding “kid”. The kind of relationship he has with his father, all the things he simply has to endure and the continuous feeling of wanting, of needing, to escape is so powerful and intense that I, myself, felt like all those horrific pressures, and words, and gestures were being done to me. Roth as the amazing talent of making her reader feel everything her characters are feeling, and with Four, in this novella, she did an amazing job.
The only thing left to say, now, is: this is a must-read to all Divergent fans. You need to know what motivates Four, what made him the person he is, and what is it that he holds against his father, against the society and against himself. You’ll love it, I promise.