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Checkmate: Book 3 (Noughts And Crosses)
Checkmate: Book 3 (Noughts And Crosses)
by Malorie Blackman
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gripping and Exciting Novel, 7 Mar 2007
Nought's and Crosses is an enthralling novel about two childhood friends who are being driven apart by racism in the community. However, they are determined to stay together no matter what anybody thinks. This is especially hard seen as Sephy is the daughter of one of the most powerful, admirable men in the country. Struggling to stay together, cracks start to appear particularly when Callum's brother Jude gets involved with the wrong people.

The basis of this storyline is step up along the play of Romeo and Juliet, but modern making it even more exciting and easier to follow. Sephy is a cross and Callum is a nought, meaning that they have two entirely different worlds which are complete opposites. The Noughts are ruled by the Crosses being told what to do; meanwhile Sephy is free to do her own thing. By the end of the first book you will have a well accomplished image of these two unique citizens.

The genre is a mix of romance and violence with other genres entering the plot at different times. Every chapter of this novel is enjoyable keeping you involved with the remarkable storyline; it is an eye opener teaching you how much difference one action will make to others. It is a very erudite enjoyable yet grave novel.

Consistently throughout the novel it is intriguing making you want to read the book backwards once you have finished. It generally keeps up a fast pace but can get a little slow in parts.

Malorie Blackman is a new and upcoming teenage author; this astounding series of books won her many awards including the FCBG Children's book award. She tries to show her audience what life was and can be like, also how little actions can affect great numbers of people. This novel also taught me that not only second class citizens are affected by the rules in a bad way, but first class citizens, like Sephy.

I would recommend this book to 13 year olds and upwards and think it is a phenomenal read for anybody.

Malorie Blackman has outstood herself.

Definitely worth a read!

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