In Noughts and Crosses, Malorie Blackman swaps the prejudices from this world regarding race and puts them into this amazing series. In this world, which is modern day London, Persephone (Sephy) is a Cross. A girl from a very wealthy family and has dark skin. Callum is a Nought, a boy who is living in a rougher part of the area and his skin tone is white. These two young people have known each other since they were small, when they were too young to know of prejudice and bullying and war and hate. As they grow up they realise that they both want to become more than friends but in living in this harsh and cruel society, it is exceedingly difficult. Will Callum and Sephy ever find true happiness? You will have to find out.
Honestly my friends, this is a fabulous start to a fabulous series. My mum bought me it when I was about fourteen and I fell in love with it. The short but very well written chapters dragged me into this parallel world and I found it really hard to come back to reality. This book will have you smiling, crying, biting your fingernails and leave you with wide mouthed expressions and flicking the pages as to what happens next. I think this book is more suitable for teenagers aged fourteen and up because there is a lot of violence which takes place. I love this book because there are lots and lots of twists and turns and half the time you have no idea what the outcome is going to be. I thought this book was brilliantly written as I could picture the scenes and the characters vividly and it was one of those books where I felt like I was in it and watching everything that was happening.
Obviously this book deserves a five star rating. I really urge you all to read this. It's one of my top ten favourite books of all time, and it would mean a lot if you read it and fell in love with it as much as I have. This story is about violence, religion, race, war and love. And if you like this book, there's three more in the series!
This book was reviewed by regular reviewer Lucy, get to know her here!
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