Naughts and crosses book review
Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman - review | Books | The GuardianOne 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…. Having been friends since childhood, as they both grow older it soon becomes clear that living in a segregated society, in which dark-skinned Sephy is of the ruling class, compared to colourless Callum who belongs to the underclass, will not only effect their friendship but also lead to a heartbreaking climax for them both.
Noughts & Crosses
I didn't think I would like this book, as the front cover is quite plain and boring looking. However once I got into it I found it very exiting and fast-paced, which I always like. Basically in this world black people live like kings — and white people like slaves. Cullum is a nought white , while Sephy is a cross black. They are forbidden to see each other — but they do. Cullum's older brother and father are all against the crosses and are out to show them what they are made of, and want to get revenge for the way they have been treated. Unfortunately the father is killed in the process well he kind of commits suicide.
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.
An important novel for all young people to read and one that I hope makes it on to the National Curriculum. This novel is an emotional rollercoaster that leaves you feeling disgusted at the awful ways that humanity segregates people. This was listed FOUR times. It did not disappoint. I can understand why the series is so popular and why it is now considered a modern classic.
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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…. I cried at the end of Noughts and Crosses! Keep writing forever!
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