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review 2016-09-03 19:26
World Book Night pick 2013
Noughts and Crosses - Malorie Blackman
Selected on the list for World Book Night 2013, I picked up the e-edition, complete with alternative ending, which Blackman wrote for the occasion. The story centres on teenagers Callum and Sephie, growing up in a society split along racial faultlines and the experiences of their respective families. It is a romantic/tragic tale of young love stifled by societal tensions, which the author explores sensitively. The first in a series of novels, the plotline was developed well and with pace. A very enjoyable read.


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review 2016-06-05 16:05
Noughts and Crosses - Malorie Blackman

Well, I've finally gotten round to reading this. I've heard a lot of good things about it, but having finished this it just confirms to me that Malorie Blackman is a superb writer who is good at everything except plots.

The concept of a world with racism REVERSED - as in, black people being superior, white people being inferior - is really good. I really loved that and how this author handled that. Everything there was spot-on.

However, every single chapter was very, very painful and difficult to read. To the point that it actually wasn't enjoyable for me at all. To make matters worse, the characters actually tried to take actions which would make it even WORSE! I almost threw the book down severla times, I was just thinking why on earth would they act that way? Why??

Why did Selphy think it would be a good idea to invite Callum to her birthday party? Why did she think it would be a good idea, holy shit, to show her mum that Callum was under her bed and that they'd been sleeping together? Seriously?! She's a smart girl, how could she possibly be so stupid? I'm just glad she didn't do either of those two things!

To be honest, the entire relationship between Callum and Selphy was like something out of Romeo and Juliet. There's even a recurring scene where he climbs into her back garden! Frequently! They weren't exactly original characters, either.

Anyway, fortunately the book picked up after halfway with the bombings and the murder trial. However, the outcome was EXACTLY like out of To Kill A Mockingbird and even the character death is in exactly the same fashion. Seriously. I just started rolling my eyes at it.

There's another character death earlier on. The character says, "I'm just going outside for a walk", and at that point I said out loud "So she's going to kill herself or something?" Five minutes later I'm thinking....wow, I was only joking about that. Like it officially crossed the line into parody.

It was just so predictable in all these different plotlines. I expected both characters to kill themselves in a Romeo and Juliet setting, just like it ends. It isn't quite like that though, so I guess it isn't completely copied.

Throughout the book I was constantly hoping that these two characters would split up and stop making the reading experience worse. Everytime they kept trying to get closer to each other...even though it was such a bad idea. And the ending felt a bit abrupt and then the book just ends there, which is really misleading. Like it doesn't change anything?

I really liked Selphy in the beginning, but she does so many stupid decisions throughout the book that by the end I'm just wondering what on earth she was thinking. It's like "Oh, I know I'm forbidden to even see Callum or associate with him, but he climbed over the wall and got into my bedroom and we had sex and now we fell asleep and it's midday now and my mum is right outside but IT WOULD BE TOTALLY A GOOD IDEA TO SHOW CALLUM TO HER" like oh my god what the hell

I cannot see myself reading this book again. I can vaguely recommend it because of the setting and the writing itself is great, with a lot of parallels between racism in the real world. I can commend it for that, but everything else?

I didn't think there could be a next book. Whatever it is, I'm not going to read it. I think after getting through this (I skimmed the last few bits because the author decided to flesh out as much pain and angst as possible, even though there was absolutely no relief from this at any time), I might read Malorie Blackman's Boys Don't Cry. But any of her other novels, I don't expect too much from.

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review 2015-02-15 00:00
Noughts & Crosses (Noughts & Crosses Trilogy)
Noughts & Crosses (Noughts & Crosses Trilogy) - Malorie Blackman description

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…

4.5 stars

- Some spoilers ahead -

The first thing I looked at was the number of books, Four. Afterwards I decided to start this new dystopian adventure full of racism, love, friendship and injustices, but the ending that kind of shocked me has made me change my mind... I don't think I will continue... well at least for now.

I fell in love with this book right away! It's not just about a love story, actually the whole love story is not even the centre of this story, we know there is love between the two main characters, Sephy and Callum, and we actually root for them even knowing there won't be an happy ending.

This book is about a world full of racism, a reality that we decive in beliving is far far away. That is so not true, and it's not just about black and white, it's not about being african or asian, european or austrian. These are just some etiquettes that are used on deviding a population that just shouldn't be devided. There are still so many prejudices that surrond women, homosexuals, disabled, shy people, exuberant people, rich people and poor people... and on and on.

This book is about hope... That is, we know, all that is left. Hope synonym of LOVE. Without love we're just lost and there is no point in living.

I wanted to punch the wall so many times while reading this book because what mankind has gone through in ages is so unfair, it doens't matter if the coin is flipped and black ruled the world... it doesn't give back what our fathers and granfathers and grangranfathers have lost... their humanity

This book is so deep and just makes our heart cry!

Dear God, if you really are out there, somewhere, please find some way for Sephy and I to be together when we’re older. For good and all when we’older. Together for ever. Dear God, please. If it’s not too much to ask. If you’re out there…

I so don't want history to repeat itself... we've had our conquerors, our holy rollers, our kings and queens, our dictators... we've had it. But it's still not enough. We turn on the telly and we see other fanatics that want to tear down the world in which we live in, we see children killing each other with no morals, we see homosexuals isolated and not accepted beacause "different".


Who are we to decide who is different? Who are we to decide that what's different must automatically be bad? What a presumption! What a fu**** up society do we live in???

Sorry. I didn't want this to a be a critique, but that's exactly what this book is about and that's why I loved it so much. This author, with her gentle and hard style, just captures our souls and isn't soft on crushing our hearts.

P.S. sorry for any grammatical mistakes, my english is a bit rusty.
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review 2015-01-01 00:00
Noughts & Crosses: Book 1 (Noughts And Crosses)
Noughts & Crosses: Book 1 (Noughts And Crosses) - Malorie Blackman I had high hopes for this book but by the end I had to make myself finish. I guess it was just a bit too juvenile for me.
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review 2014-12-10 00:00
Noughts & Crosses (Noughts & Crosses Trilogy)
Noughts & Crosses (Noughts & Crosses Trilogy) - Malorie Blackman Nope. They're both boring me to tears and after so long with nothing happening at all, I can't devote precious reading time to it. It's annoying as the idea is a good one, but having read newer YA with far more evolved and in-depth main characters, the whiny self-involved behaviour of the two main protagonists just grates.
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