Noughts & Crosses: Book 1 (Noughts And Crosses) Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook, CD
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Malorie Blackman is a fine, award-winning author whose work is always inclined to provoke debate amongst her readers, and indeed her peers. With Noughts and Crosses she surpasses expectation not only with her subject matter, but with the execution of a stimulating and provocative plot line that often leaves the reader chilled to the bone.
Sephy and Callum have been best friends since childhood, and now they are older and they realise they want more from each other. But the harsh realities of lives lived in a segregated society are beginning to take their toll: Callum is a nought--a second-class citizen in a world dominated by the Crosses--and Sephy is a Cross, and the daughter of one of the most powerful men in the country. The barriers they would have to cross to be together at first seem little more than minor obstacles to the two idealistic teenagers, but soon those barriers threaten not only their friendship but their lives.
Noughts and Crosses is written with the passion of an author who has a personal message about the perception of the past, present and future, and Blackman has used the clever device of turning preconceived ideas of racial prejudice upside down to make sure that her point is well and truly made. Deeply disturbing and totally absorbing this novel is intriguing from the outset, with a shocking climax that packs an unforgettable punch. (Age 11 and over) --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"An incredible novel that is as heart-rending as it is provocative." -"The Bookseller"See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
I didn’t expect the ending either…
Nought and Crosses is told through a first person, dual narrative. We hear from 13 year old Sephy, who is from the ruling class. She’s a Cross. Her childhood best friend Callum is a Nought. He has become incredibly disaffected by the society he lives in. It is through these narratives that we learn about the racist society in which our characters live in and experience. Sephy and Callum are incredibly developed characters that the reader quickly can sympathise. I thought these characters seemed to be so real.
Nought and Crosses is all about racism and prejudices of all kind. It is brutally honest about how prejudice hurts both sides. It made me stop and question my own attitude towards things which I think is such a powerful thing to achieve as a writer. I don’t often find myself reflecting on my own beliefs and attitudes when I’m reading a piece of fiction, but Malorie Blackman’s writing made me do so. I think as well as being enjoyable, but heart-breaking, that it is incredibly educational and a poignant read for teenagers and adults alike.
Some of the content is incredibly graphic, so it’s not suitable for younger readers. I think if used effectively with teenagers this book could evoke some important and educational discussion and debate. I can’t wait to read the sequel.
I don't have much to write because I have too much to say. If I start, I won't stop.
A must read.
P.s. have some tissues at hand xx
It gets 2 stars because it is not totally unreadable but I will not be reading the follow up. Don't buy it. If you must read it, just borrow a copy off someone else.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this book for my son, he loved it and even recommend that I read. Will do so soon.Published 6 days ago by stacey brown
I have had this novel on my list of things to read for years, having heard so much about it (I am an English teacher). Read morePublished 21 days ago by Sarah
my favourite book of all time defiantly recommend this book to readers 13+ if you like books based on a dystopian theme this is the book for you !!Published 23 days ago by Michael Shields
i find it hard to find books that i like, but this was a great book. It got me hooked and i couldn't put it down, would recommend.Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
I loved how Malorie Blackman developed the characters, Callum & Sephy, as they aged. Sephy was mature yet still showed immaturity. Read morePublished 25 days ago by miss a
An excellent read. I wasn't sure what to expect initially but everything about the book is great. As far as I'm aware, the plot is original and the pacing of the book keeps the... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Amazon Customer