Noughts & Crosses – Malorie Blackman

Noughts and Crosses: Reader - Rollercoasters

Having read the series before, I was worried that knowing the ending would ruin my experience of the book, however I need not of worried. I think knowing the ending made me read further into the book and understand the plot more.

Noughts & Crosses is Malorie Blackman at her best, or in my opinion at least. It is the first book in the multi-award winning Noughts & Crosses series.

The book (and the rest of the series) is set in an alternative universe, a racist dystopia. In the book the “Crosses” rule the “Noughts”, however everything else is the same as present day reality.

The book follows Persephone ‘Sephy’ Hadley (a “Cross”) and Callum McGregor (a “Nought”) as their frowned upon friendship faces challenges. Both characters learn a lot during the course of the book.

The book has a fitting ending to a great book, but its no fairy tale happy ending.

This is probably my favourite Malorie Blackman book, and the rest of the series follows on from this book well.

The book isn’t suitable for younger readers due to mature themes, however I would recommend this book to all teenagers and older readers.

I think everyone can learn a lot from this book, whether it be standing up for what you believe in or making the right decisions.

I am now going to reread the rest of the series, and I am looking forward to it.