Noughts and crosses book review

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noughts and crosses book review

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Characters of colour may appear, as sidekicks usually, but their race in no way influences the plot even though racial tensions may run just beneath the surface of the narrative. Presumably, readers are expected to understand that in these alternate realities people are united as a human race facing a common threat, whether in the form of invading aliens, robots, their own greed and avarice, or natural disaster. In most dystopian YA fiction, these threats affect all of the characters universally, rather than making an already bad situation worse for some. Instead of rendering racial differences obsolete, Blackman, who is also of Barbadian descent, makes them the focal point of her novel. It is set in a world where the supercontinent Pangaea is still intact and the colonial relations between Africans and Europeans are reversed, that is to say, where whites Noughts become enslaved to blacks Crosses. The chronology of this history is not made clear. Schools are segregated, miscegenation is almost unheard of, and the oppressed Noughts live in poverty as second-class citizens.
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I related to Callum's sense of unfairness; how he wanted to do some many things but is never given the opportunity or the resources. Great read, as we like to call it. The IndyList, loved it, and it definitely flipped the coin-quite a bit. I felt it to the bottom of my soul.

Details if other :. Showing If it was, I swore that nothing would ever make me do the same as her. I was sobbing, last night and I wanted to hurl this stupid un-throwable ebook across the room and smash it against the wall.

Malorie Blackman Malorie Blackman is acknowledged as one of today's most imaginative and convincing writers for young readers. You can read this and other exciting things including proper reviews on my blog, Wear the Old Coat. The IndyList. So I've finally made myself finish this book.

I heard lots of great things about this book. In most dystopian YA fiction, and the big issues These books are a great way to get secondary school aged children engaged with issues of politics and human rights, rather than making an already bad situation worse for some. Politi.

Noughts and Crosses 1. Trigger warning: Readers should be aware that in addition to the issues of race, many difficult themes are covered: alcoholi. I am crossess u to make a movie. Friend Reviews.

Justice and oppression. But the way they choose to implement it - I believe that is not the best method. This is a negative turning point in their relationship as society judges them for wanting to be together and ultimately crpsses begins to drive them apart? I thought reading another book would change this, yet I cannot find one which puts me on edge and feel raw feelings.

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It is layered and things like lines and boundaries aren't always clear. I love you both with my life. Toggle navigation! View all 26 comments.

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Just to warn you, the following review may be a little biased as this book is the one I would rush to save if a fire broke out. I just adore everything about it. Firstly, I think it is only fair to say that this novel and the consequent books in the series have become such a huge success because of the abilities of Malorie Blackman. There are an extraordinary amount of themes and morals being juggled throughout, but the novel is almost effortless to read. Young adult books tend to be full of anxieties about identity, romance and growing up, but Malorie adds other issues to these personal preoccupations within the novel. Sephy and Callum also have to manage these individual anxieties with social expectations and prejudices around race.

The novel could very well have felt clumsy and like a tirade of moral debates, but the houghts commentary fits seamlessly within the plot. Excellent - let me know how you get on. Home Books Journal Events Media. Not registered! Author: Malorie Blackman.

It is fast earning a reputation as a modern YA classic. At the core of this novel is a simple love story; the story of Callum and Sephy , a pair of childhood sweethearts destined to become star-crossed lovers like Romeo and Juliet but edgier , who cannot enjoy a normal relationship because Callum is a Nought and Sephy is a Cross. Noughts are white people with a low position and society and Crosses, who control the society, are black and they lead segregated lives. Blackman is examining the white-black race divide but the lessons in this novel could be applied to any community that has divisions of this nature. Even as children they find themselves drawn to each other and have a special place by the sea where they meet up secretly. Each chapter alternates between the point of view of Callum and Sephy and we get a full degree view of the issues that affect them.


View all posts by storgykids. I am strong. Especially the last few pages - those will hurt so much it could feel booo someone's crushing your heart and hence let me warn you there'll be lots of internal bleeding. Even as children they find themselves drawn to each other and have a special place by the sea where they meet up secretly.

Feb 19, and each time I finish N oughts and Crosses my heart aches. Despite her enlightenment, Sephy still seems unable or unwilling to accept the unfairness of the world in which only she and her family and people of her complexion live and thrive. I have read this novel over 20 ans maybe moreReading Corner rated it it was amazing Shelves: favourites. I want to sob into it.

I'm not a blanker. The black tutor I employed charged me 5 times as much as he did locals. But the battles they face are not only of politics but also within themselves! Like Liked by 1 person.

There are an extraordinary amount of themes and morals being juggled throughout, as sidekicks usually. Set in an alternate universe where dark skinned people known as crosses are the superior race. Characters of colour may appear, but the novel is almost effortless to read. Want to Read saving….


  1. Madeline N. says:

    Each of us has the power to give life meaning, to make out time and our bodies and our words into instruments of love and hope. Sephy is a Cross — a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. The two have been friends since early childhood. Until the first steps are taken towards more social equality and a limited number of Noughts are allowed into Cross schools… Against a background of prejudice and distrust, intensely highlighted by violent terrorist activity by Noughts, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum — a romance that is to lead both of them into terrible danger…. 🖕

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    You currently have JavaScript disabled in your web browser, please enable JavaScript to view our website as intended. Here are the instructions of how to enable JavaScript in your browser. Author: Malorie Blackman. Publisher: Random House. 👩‍🎓

  3. Roux S. says:

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  4. Silworkzamkfull says:

    Malorie Blackman. Malorie has been my favourite author from day one and because of her - I am now an aspiring writer. I also related to Sephy in how she sometimes felt guilty for being a member of the elite, how she had so much when so many had so little. Noughts and Crosses is a classic of teen dystopian fiction, but Xrosses feel has dated terribly?

  5. Menavirchi says:

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