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Enjoyable, but strictly for young adult readers
on 26 June 2014
I am conscious that, as an adult, I'm not the target audience for this book, so I am giving Malorie Blackman's dystopian novel three stars because I'm sure a 15 year old would have enjoyed it a lot more than I did. I was expecting something like 'The Hunger Games' in terms of a writing style that could cross over from YA to 'grown up' fiction, but I found the 'Noughts & Crosses' definitely teenage-orientated for my age group. I also found that, unlike 'The Hunger Games', the plot twists are rather predictable and the racial struggle aspect a little too simplistic for an adult reader. However, if this book makes a young person aware of racial discrimination, it can only be a good thing.
"Noughts & Crosses" is an enjoyable read and certainly a page turner, but I don't think I will be reading the rest in the series - this one is strictly for younger readers.