I have a rather embarrassing confession to make - but you have to promise not to laugh. Okay, here we go: this was my first experience reading a novella or companion novel. Let me pause for the collective gasp. I was a firm believer that such books would detract from my overall opinion of the series. I wanted to remember the plot and the characters exactly how they were portrayed in the series and worried that companion books would alter these perceptions for me. I'm happy to say, however, that Free Four
completely changed my approach to novellas.
One of the first things that immediately struck me was the length - it was short. Really short. As in about 25 pages in length, when you remove the sneak peaks to each of the books in the series. I would have liked to read a bit more from Tobias' perspective. As one of my favorite characters (and my back up husband if something falls through with Will Herondale), I loved having insight into Tobias' thoughts and emotions, particularly during such a dramatic scene. Tris is privy to very few of Tobias' true thoughts, so this was a new and refreshing take on one of most memorable scenes of the entire series.
While it contains perfect fangirling content, it falls a bit short in the sense that no further characterization is revealed regarding Tobias or any of the other characters. Additionally, the plot was, as expected, fairly predictable. It would have been interesting to read about Tobias outside of what Tris has observed and witnessed. However, I was grateful for this small chunk of information regarding Tobias and his conflicting emotions.
While Free Four
doesn't significantly add anything to the series, it certainly doesn't detract from it. Therefore, I would definitely recommend this to any Four fans who are currently suffering from Divergent
withdrawal. Now, off to start the next novella.