Malorie Blackman is life! The way she has created and developed these very real characters never leaves me disappointed. I can't explain, how I want to explain,about the way I felt, when I read noughts and crosses. I lingered over that story for quite some time and this follow up just highlighted a very realistic perception of how, sometimes, life chooses you. You feel and connect with these characters because ultimately it's the horrible truth they exist..
There is certainly a need for literature written from a black perspective. For many years, the nearest our local secondary school got to such a book was Gene Kemp's 'Gowie Corby Plays Chicken' - spoilt in recent editions by showing that Rosie is black on the cover, when it should come as a surprise to the white-centric readers at the end. Unfortunately, however, the 'Noughts and Crosses' series lays it on with a trowel, to the detriment of the characterisation and plot. This is the second of the series that I've read - looking for a new author to recommend for my young bookwork relatives - but I won't be either reading any more or recommending this one.