However you felt about Allegiant, the last book of the Divergent series, I’m sure most, if not all of you, would still like to read more about Four. Luckily, Veronica Roth felt inspired to write more about Tobias Eaton. Here’s what she had to say about it in her interview with The Hollywood Reporter:
Where did the idea for this new book, Four, come from?
It was originally intended to be a couple e-books that would be released in the lead-up to the release of Allegiant. But the stories ended up being very long, and I think everyone involved felt they could be something more than a couple e-books.
Had you always planned for Allegiant to be from both perspectives?
No, I really wanted to whole series to be just in Tris’ voice, actually. But when I wrote Allegiant, everything had become so much more complicated than I anticipated, so I really needed an additional perspective to take readers into the parts of the world that Tris wasn’t going to go into. And then there was this great opportunity to show Tris and Four experiencing the same thing and having different reactions, or experiencing different things and reacting to each other.
Did feedback from Allegiant affect these stories since that was the first time that you debuted Four’s voice?
A little bit. I feel like some amount of criticism helps. A lot of people commented that Four’s voice wasn’t quite distinct enough from Tris. In my mind they felt very different, but on the page that might not come across. So I thought about that a little more. And it felt a little more like it was something for the reader’s than it had before. Whether people liked it or not, the ending of Allegiant affected them emotionally. And so to have something else in the series to show them a little more of a favorite character felt good to write.
Is Four the final Divergent story for you?
To me, it feels like a really good way of tying everything up. I’m excited to move on to something new, and work on something different. It’s not that the door is totally slammed shut on Divergent forever, I could never say that, but for me it’s time to try something new.
The first Four ebook, “The Transfer,” was released on September 3, 2013, but all four Four stories will be released as one digital and hardcover, and titled Four: A Divergent Collection, on July 8, 2014. It will also be sold as individual stories on that same day.