Noughts & Crosses is a fantastic novel written by award-winning author Malorie Blackman. This story is well constructed with different opinions in different sections. Persephone(Sephy) Hadley is a Cross (Dark-skinned) who is part of the of the upper class. Callum is a Nought(white-skinned) who are the lower class. They are friends who then become lovers. There is bombs, murders, suicide, and plenty of other crimes. It is a hard-hitting book for what life could have been like if it was the other way around.
Sephy has a very vulnerable and mis-guided personality which I feel is because of her sheltered upbringing. Callums character has to deal with a bucket load of emotions in such a small space of time. I particularly liked Judes character as he starts to turn into a toxic shell with only a few emotions in tack. He becomes very obsessed with the Liberation Milita and making Crosses pay for the way they have treated Noughts.
“Maybe hatred has nothing to do with the devil either. Maybe it’s something we’ve invented. And then we just blame it on you, God, or on the devil, because it’s easier than blaming ourselves…”
I liked the style of writing as it was unique. I liked the different ‘races’ opinions and from more than one person. Noughts and Crosses gave me a enlightened feeling as it was a new outlook on racism and discrimination from the one that we know.
Other things I liked about this book was the blurb as it is informative but not enough to give any of the best parts away.I also likes the cover as the black and white contrast is great, and makes perfect sense to what the books is about. The opening gives the reader knowledge on how Callum and Sephy become friends (through Meggie working for Jasmine).
I didn’t like Lynette’s accident as I felt it was rushed and not detailed enough because of other things that were about to happen.
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