Sephy is a Cross - a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. Callum is a nought - a 'colourless' member of the underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses.
The two have been friends since early childhood. But that's as far as it can go. Against a background of prejudice, distrust and mounting terrorist violence, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum - a romance that is to lead both of them into terrible danger . . .
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Racism, terrorism, class system and much more are dealt with in Malorie Blackman's novel. Following various anger she had with cases involving unfair treatment of black people and racism she had dealt with, she has paved them all into a reversed role novel that turns into a real page turner. Sephy and Callum's relationship was electric and I really enjoyed meeting all their families, friends, allies and tormentors. Gives the reader a valuable lesson on race respect without being afraid to delve deep on mature themes. The last 30 pages are heart wrenching. This is a novel about inter-racial love, but in a ruthless society where Noughts and Crosses can't be together. Might make some readers very uncomfortable at times, but this novel is truly a game changer. Can't wait for the TV adaption.
This book has given me many mixed emotions and has been great the whole way through it. The book is written in a way where it’s easy to read and doesn’t feel as though your reading for hours. I could read this book for two hours and it would feel like 10 minutes. The story line is great and you can get a clear image of what the scenery looks like. Thanks!
this was an amazing book! although it took me a few pages to get hooked, it was worth it! whilst being a story about racism and discrimination, it was also a story about love, hate and grief. i highly recommend this to all age groups!! :)