Noughts and Crosses

I’ve just finished another of my ‘teenager books’ which I was given by a dear friend. This one took a little longer, partly because it is a proper sized book (ie not for younger readers) and partly because I fell asleep at night almost as soon as I opened the book. (This is no reflection on the book but more to do with me!)

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman is a kind of future Romeo and Juliet story in a world where black people (Crosses) have all the power and the naughts(white people) are the slaves and underclass. Callum is a naught and he falls in love with Sephy, a Cross, daughter of one of the most powerful men in the country. In their world, noughts and Crosses simply don’t mix.  It is tragic, sadly believable, and will make you think twice about racial prejudice. A great read (for adults too).

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