Saturday, 2 June 2012

eview: Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

In Noughts and Crosses, Blackman created a alternate world that is the opposite of our own. Race and prejudice is the exact sam, but is switched. The upper/ ruling class, which Sephy Hadley's family belongs are the black Crosses. The other, the white Noughts, which Callum and his family belong to, they are considered to be lower-class. In this world it is frowned upon for Noughts and Crosses to be friends and unthinkable from them to fall in love, which Callum and Sephy do.

Callum and Sephy practically grew-up together, since Callum's mum worked for Sephy's mother. After he looses her job Sephy and Callum become secret friends. They meet up in secret, telling lies to eveyone but they won't stop seeing each-other. A new law has been passed which allows a limited number of Noughts to attend Cross schools. When Callum is accepted into Sephy's school there friendship is put into danger. Things continue to get worse till both of their lives are threatened. 

Sephy and Callum have been best friends since childhood, and now they are older and they realise they want more from each other. But the harsh realities of lives lived in a segregated society are beginning to take their toll: Callum is a nought--a second-class citizen in a world dominated by the Crosses--and Sephy is a Cross, and the daughter of one of the most powerful men in the country. The barriers they would have to cross to be together at first seem little more than minor obstacles to the two idealistic teenagers, but soon those barriers threaten not only their friendship but their lives.

Towards the end of the book something occured that would bring tears to anyones eyes, Sephy's quote was the last straw for anyone holding back the tears, “Dear God, please let him have heard me. Please.
If you're up there.

Noughts and Crosses is an amazing story that I will never forget. Blackman is able to draw people in and keep your attention and make it impossible to put down. This is a book like no other and I don't think I've ever read a book like it!

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