Sunday, August 01, 2010

Noughts & Crosses

Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman
Genre of book

Sephy is a Cross - dark-skinned and Callum is a Nought- light skinned. The Crosses run the government and the Noughts are considered the dregs of society. In this alternate world, Crosses and Noughts do not mix. Crosses are the privileged and the Noughts are distrusted and prejudiced against.

Callum's mother once worked for Sephy's family and the two have maintained a friendship and have now fallen in love. This is not a world where inter-racial relationships are allowed and the course of their love is fraught with difficulties.

The alternate society was very interesting and well thought out even to the point of showing how band aids only come in a black colour. A point that is well taken. A Romeo and Juliet story that is well worth reading.

First Line: "Honestly, Mrs Hadley, said Meggie McGregor, wiping her eyes."


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