'Divergent' author Veronica Roth will pen four original short stories

Veronica Roth will release four short stories written from the point of view of 'Divergent' hero Four. The first will be released a month before the last book in the trilogy comes out.

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    'Divergent' is the first in a planned trilogy by Veronica Roth.
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If you’re a “Divergent” fan and looking for a little extra story before the last book in the trilogy is released, you’re in luck.

Series author Veronica Roth is penning four original short stories written from the point of view of the “Divergent” character named Four (real name Tobias Eaton), who is the love interest of protagonist Tris.

The first of the four stories will be released in e-book format only (for now) in September, a month before “Allegiant,” the last book in the trilogy, comes out. The next short story will come out in December, then the third will arrive in January and the fourth in February. Each will be 30 pages long and cost $1.99.

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“The e-shorts will address Tobias’s backstory and some of the mysterious things going on in the world before Tris chose Dauntless,” Roth told Publishers Weekly. “Together, they form a kind of Tobias-centered Divergent prequel, though there is some overlap.”

The four stories will be combined into a print version that will be published next February. Meanwhile, the first book in the series is being adapted for the screen, starring “The Descendants” actress Shailene Woodley as Tris and Theo James of “Downton Abbey” as Four. Actress Kate Winslet portrays villain Jeanine Matthews. The movie is set for a March 2014 release.

Roth said she’d actually been writing some of the short stories while on set.

“It’s a pretty inspiring environment!” she said. “And crazy surreal, to actually hear Tris and Four and the other characters’ voices in my ears as I am writing about them. I’m very lucky!”

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