Veronica Roth, the author of "Divergent" series, is gearing up for the release of her next novel titled "Four: A Divergent Collection," which is expected to explore the background of Tobias aka Four, as well as his relationship with Tris.
The book will hit bookstores on July 8, and Roth has attempted to dismantle the mystery behind who Tobias actually is with "Four: A Divergent Collection."
Interestingly, when Roth initially started writing "Divergent," it was written from Four's point of view. But she later changed it believing that Tris would be a better narrator.
On her decision to pen the prequel, Roth told Refinery 29 that she felt a necessity to explain certain situations from Tobias' point of view.
"It felt important to sort of dismantle this mysterious-man thing that kind of surrounds him. Meanwhile, I love that just as much as the next person. I also think he's an interesting, well-rounded character. He appears on the page as more of a real person, so I enjoyed exploring his back story. It was good for me; I hope it's good for everyone else."
In the movie adaptation of the first book in the series, "Divergent," Tobias is played by Theo James and Shailene Woodley essays the role of his love interest. And fans of the two can expect more romance from the two when its sequel "Insurgent" hit the screens on March 20, 2015. The fan base of the series has also grown considerably since "Divergent" released early this year.
Regarding their romance in the upcoming book, Roth said that both the characters are growing in their relationship.
"Tris is raised Abnegation, where they are not that into physical intimacy. And, she's also very protective of her body. She is through the whole series. But, she has big desires, she's attracted to Four, she trusts him, and they are growing in their relationship.
"So, balancing those two things is a huge thing for me. But, I just wanted to make sure that no matter what, it didn't feel like Tris was being forced into doing it or not doing it by some kind of external force. She was making a decision as she went about what she felt comfortable with, and she tried to communicate that to Four as clearly as possible," Roth said.