BOOK REVIEW: NOUGHTS AND CROSSESThank you! What if people were judged by the color of their skin? Sephy and Callum have been in love all their lives, but theirs is a forbidden romance. Sephy is a Cross: Black-skinned, wealthy and daughter of an important politician. White-skinned Callum is a naught, devastatingly poor and powerless. The law now allows naughts to enter Cross schools, and Sephy is thrilled that Callum will attend her school. But the seemingly positive desegregation degenerates into a nightmarish tangle of events ranging from expulsions, to bombings by the naught Liberation Militia, to hangings.
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May 2, Maryah Chughtai. The two have been friends since childhood but, as the years go by and they begin to develop stronger feelings towards one another, they are faced with many challenging and heart-breaking decisions which could ultimately shatter their chances of surviving in a world where Noughts and Crosses simply do not align. She creates a compelling relationship between her readers and characters, and by playing them into our own real-life experiences she is able to capture even the most rawest of emotions. Just a warning. On the other hand, what is extremely frustrating about the reception of this novel is that many people have not heard about it. They are initially praised and celebrated within their communities, but still face a public backlash over their use of sensitive topics and the ways in which they convey it to their younger audiences.
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Just to warn you, the following review may be a little biased as this book is the one I would rush to save if a fire broke out. I just adore everything about it. Firstly, I think it is only fair to say that this novel and the consequent books in the series have become such a huge success because of the abilities of Malorie Blackman. There are an extraordinary amount of themes and morals being juggled throughout, but the novel is almost effortless to read. Young adult books tend to be full of anxieties about identity, romance and growing up, but Malorie adds other issues to these personal preoccupations within the novel. Sephy and Callum also have to manage these individual anxieties with social expectations and prejudices around race.