Four: A Divergent Collection is a collection of short stories that take place before the events of Divergent and one some that overlap into it. The stories are told from the perspective of Tobias Eaton, who we see his perspective in Allegiant, and can be considered as a prequel to Divergent.
Readers first encountered Tobias as “Four” in Divergent. His voice is an integral part of Allegiant. Readers will find more of this charismatic character’s backstory told from his own perspective in Four: A Divergent Collection. When read together, these long narrative pieces illuminate the defining moments in Tobias’s life. The first three pieces in this volume—”The Transfer,” “The Initiate,” and “The Son”—follow Tobias’s transfer from Abnegation to Dauntless, his Dauntless initiation, and the first clues that a foul plan is brewing in the leadership of two factions. The fourth story, “The Traitor,” runs parallel with the events of Divergent, giving readers a glimpse into the decisions of loyalty—and love—that Tobias makes in the weeks after he meets Tris Prior.
Preceded by: Allegiant (publication order)
Followed by: Divergent (The Transfer – The Son chronologically)