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Booklist - 08/01/2014 Fans of Divergent (2011) who can’t get enough—and maybe even the rare reader who missed the first rush—will snap up this relatively stand-alone story collection told from the perspective of Tobias (aka Four). Beginning with his Choosing Ceremony several years before meeting Tris, these four tales give insight into his history, motivations, and psyche. While the collection complements the trilogy, Tobias’ story is compelling enough in isolation. Running from an abusive home, he takes refuge in Dauntless and quickly rises to be a respected member. His rivalry with Eric is introduced, as are the first signs of conspiracy, observations of the relationships of others around him, and a depiction of his journey to find his place in his chosen faction. Three vignettes retelling critical and familiar scenes from Divergent from Tobias’ point of view are appended. While short stories are sometimes underused in young-adult library collections, this one will fly off the shelves and for good reason. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: If it has Roth’s name on it, it’s going to sell, a fact borne out by a planned four-city tour, a custom social media campaign, and TV and radio spots. - Copyright 2014 Booklist.