Review – Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman () | paperbackworldsJust 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.
Noughts and Crosses
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.
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One of my main reasons; indeed, the prime reason I set myself the challenge to read the BBC Top reads before my thirtieth birthday, was to read beyond the bounds I previously confined myself to. Despite having been an avid and voracious reader since I was a little girl, I had self-imposed restrictions regarding which genres, authors, and book covers I thought I enjoyed. And while at numerous times throughout the challenge working my way through such an extensive list of books was a long and laborious task, ultimately it was worth the slog. I later found it at a charity shop on Northcote Road and bought it with the hope of ticking it off my list by the end of the year. Read on for my Noughts and Crosses book review….