Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Transfer

18080920Book Title: The Transfer
Author: Veronica Roth Number of Pages: 50
Genres: YA Fiction, Dystopian, Action-Adventure
Books like it: Free Four, Allegiant, Divergent by Veronica Roth
My favorite quote: “You're the one who has to live with your choice, everyone else will get over it, move on, no matter what you decide. But you never will.” 
Brief Summary from Goodreads:

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.

My Summary:

Wow. This book was so amazing I just want to cry! #feeling emotionally stressed.

My name is Four,” I say. “Call me ‘Stiff’ again and you and I will have a problem.
This book was a short and sweet story about the beloved Tobias Eaton, aka Four, from our favorite, the one the only Divergent series. Although it was longer than Free Four and well worth the two dollars I had to spend on my kindle, I wish it had been longer. The Transfer is part of the four book short story series about Four. The next ones will not be out until December 17th, when The Initiate is released, and then the Son on January 21st, and finally, the Traitor on February 11. I am not sure why the others will not be released until after Allegiant, but I am guessing that they might provide answers to questions that we have at the end of Allegiant.

But there is something appealing about it here too, a freedom, a refusal to belong to these arbitrary categories we've made for ourselves.

The Transfer explores Four's fear of his father a little bit more and shows a more innocent, softer, and less, well, fearless version of him. We learn more about the horrors of his home life with Marcus, and the thoughts that go through his head as he enters the Choosing Ceremony. Then, at the very near end of the book, we experience his fear landscape from his point of view and also learn where he got his name.

The story starts off with Tobias's aptitude test, and we get to see Tori! Anyway, Tobias lies about being aware during the aptitude test because his father told him to lie, which makes me think Marcus is Divergent. (If it mentioned he was in the book, then I'm just a dumb brunette that doesn't know what she is talking about.) If that is the case, I am pretty sure that Divergence is genetic, because Tris's mother was Divergent just like Tris. I am going way off subject now..... back to the summary. After the aptitude test, Marcus gives Tobias a beating at home for being "selfish." That is when Tobias realizes he needs to get away from his father.

Don't worry about me handling pain, I say. I've had a lot of practice.

As he considers what his life would be like in each faction, he realizes that he would be best off living as a Dauntless. They might be wild and crazy, but have his same impulses to run, fight, and be free. In this book we see a little less of Four, and a little more of Tobias Eaton, a boy who needs to escape his father and fight for a better future.

This book was satisfyingly fantabulous, (which, for those that are new to reading my reviews, is a word I use a LOT that means fantastically fabulous) especially since there are still 42 long days left until Allegiant is released, and a long time until the movie comes out. This book is short and leaves you longing for more. Fellow Divergent fans should read this book.

Pros: This book is great to read while waiting for Allegiant.
Cons: When you've finished it, you want to read Allegiant.
Cautions for Parents: NA

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