Originally written on October 29, 2013
The Transfer: A Divergent Story (Divergent, #0.1) by Veronica Roth
ebook; 34 pages
Published by Katherine Tegan Books on September 3, 2013
Rating: 5 stars
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
NOTE: if you haven't read Divergent, this review will have some spoilers
The Transfer by Veronica Roth is a short story that follows the unforgettable Tobias “Four” Eaton through his time before choosing his path in his society.
This short story begins with Tobias waking up from his aptitude test simulation. He goes through the motions of what his father has been coaching him to do, and he is left with the aptitude of Abnegation, even though, as most readers know from the main story, that he is, in fact, Divergent.
After this, it follows his struggle between whether he should remain where he is safe, thinking he may stay happy in his safeness, or if he should rebel and change his life, be a different person, and leave his abusive father behind.
Tobias has no idea what he is going to do until it’s the time to choose. He is called up during the choosing ceremony, and, in this fateful time, makes a hasty decision to do what he knows is best.
He chooses to become Dauntless.
As the story goes on you get to read and experience the internal struggle of Tobias and the way his decisions affect him right off the bat, as we previously had only seen how he is years later in the main series. By the end of this story, the way he receives his new name, Four, is revealed to the readers in a more in-depth way than explained in the main series, and, as a reader with an intense love for the series, I feel that the story broadens the love a reader will have for Tobias, or Four, whichever you prefer to call him at any given time. It gives you good insight to how he is and why he turned out the person he is “today” or when the main series takes place. All we can do now is anxiously await the next installment of his story, the second of four short stories about Four.