Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Review: Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

Title: Noughts and Crosses
Author: Malorie Blackman
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Genre: Young Adult
Series: Noughts and Crosses #1
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 3rd October 2006

Tell Me About It
Two young people are forced to make a stand in this thought-provoking look at racism and prejudice in an alternate society.

Sephy is a Cross -- a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. Callum is a Nought -- a “colourless” member of the underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses. The two have been friends since early childhood, but that’s as far as it can go. In their world, Noughts and Crosses simply don’t mix. Against a background of prejudice and distrust, intensely highlighted by violent terrorist activity, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum -- a romance that is to lead both of them into terrible danger. Can they possibly find a way to be together?

In this gripping, stimulating and totally absorbing novel, black and white are right and wrong.

My Thoughts
While Noughts and Crosses has been on my radar for a while I had not yet picked up a copy to read. When I was offered a copy for review off the publisher in conjunction with the release of the series with new covers I jumped at the chance.

Starting Noughts and Crosses all I knew about it is what is written at the back of the book, so I had no idea what to expect. Noughts and Crosses was a surprising read in a very good way. The attitudes and prejudice of both the Noughts and Crosses against each other was the main focus throughout the book, but there is also love, friendships and getting to learn what truly matters to you. The Crosses are the leading race, with money, education and powerful jobs, Persephone (Sephy) is a Cross and her father is a powerful politician. The Noughts have little to no money, menial jobs, and only recently allowed an education, Callum is a Nought, but is also Sephy's best friend. As young children they grew up together, playing as their parents chatted until one day they were no longer welcome.

From start to finish I could not stop reading. The conflicts, the whole 'them' versus 'us', the determination from both Sephy and Callum that they would remain friends, even if it meant sneaking to see each other against their parents wishes. Yes this duo faces obstacles every day, friends, family, and others not wanting the to be together, but they are determined to remain friends until it is no longer possible.

I am trying so hard not to reveal everything about the book, I want new readers to go into it just like I did, with not knowing anything about the book or what happens. There are good times, and bad times that will bring tears to your eyes, but I would take this journey again without a minutes hesitation. I am extremely excited and looking forward to getting a copy of the next book

I loved each and every character in Noughts and Crosses, they made it exactly what it is. I loved Callum and Sephy for fighting for what they believed in, and while Jude fought for what he also believes in, it's not what was right and in his misguided judgements doesn't exactly make the correct choices. Lynette I felt sorry for, dealing with what happened to her she is in her own little world of what she believes, that is abruptly shattered by Jude. But there is one thing in the book that she says that I really liked, not only for the reasons why she was saying it, but also how it even stands in today's world
'Just remember, Callum,' She said, her back towards me, 'when you're floating up and up in your bubble, that bubbles have a habit of bursting. The higher you climb, the further you have to fall.'
Page 151

Noughts and Crosses is a book I wish I had read ages ago, rather than letting it slide down my list. It is so much more than what I expected it to be and I wish I had the rest of the books to read so that I could just jump straight back in and see what happens next.


  1. This is one I also have waiting to be read. I've heard many things about it and I'm looking forward to reading.
    Brill review :)

  2. so glad you enjoyed this, it has been my favourite series for so long and I love it when I hear about people reading it for the first time and enjoying it as much as I do :)


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