Amazon Review. 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.
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This one did blow me away! Just WOW...I have to calm myself first and gather together my thoughts. I think even after I read the half of the book...maybe even before that I realized this one will be one of my all time favourits.
All the books I've read in the past months seem to me like light-happy-literature compared to this one. This was a punch in the face.
I don't really know how to describe it! True? Real? Tradic? Heartbreaking?!! Unfair? Brave! Brilliant? Unforgettable!!! Maybe the fact that it's part of our history at some point?
This topic will never die. Unfortunatly. Jocks vs. nerds, rich vs. poor, black vs. white, gang vs.gang, etc.
This story is about Noughts vs. Crosses until the bitter end. Racism and disrimination is dominating this world.
Caught in the middle: Sophy and Callum. As children best friends, their mothers were friends once until something happened... Still Sophy and Callum were seeing each other but nobody had to know. And then Callum, one of 4 Noughts, was allowed to go to school - a Crosses school - with Sophy. Thats where their and their familys dark path starts...
Sophy and Callum broke my heart and I almost didn't made it through the end...
I can highly recommend it to everyone. It's one of those books with a great message.
I can't wait until I get the next 2 sequels in a few days!!!