So…the second of the amazing Noughts and Crosses series by Malorie Blackman.
Usually, I find the second book in a series to be the weakest one, generally… for example, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter series… duh.) and Crossed (Matched trilogy.) are just a few I can name off the top of my head.
But Knife Edge is just as brilliant as Noughts and Crosses, and it had me totally hooked… this series has been causing me to have some very late nights, much to the annoyance of my mum…
Knife Edge carries on the story from Noughts and Crosses. Sephy now has her daughter, Callie Rose Hadley; she is living with Meggie, Callum’s mum; Callum is dead; and Jude, his brother, is out to get revenge on Sephy.
Sephy receives a letter written by Callum before he died, full of harsh words about how Callum never loved Sephy and he can’t believe she was stupid enough to actually fall for him. Meggie refuses to believe the letter, but Sephy becomes depressed.
At the hospital, Sephy meets Jaxon. Later, she learns he is a hot- tempered member of a band, The Midges. He offers Sephy a singing part but the Noughts are prejudiced against her because she is a Cross. During this time, Sephy begins to neglect Callie Rose.
Meanwhile, Jude befriends Cara Imega, a Cross woman, for access to her money. Jude soon falls for her, though he keeps denying his feelings. Eventually, out of anger and confusion at how he could like a Cross, he kills Cara.
For this, he is wanted by the police. When he is caught, he faces a virtually certain death sentence. When she goes to visit him in jail, Jude tells Meggie that he didn’t kill Cara. Sephy doesn’t believe him, but Meggie insists that Jude is her son and he wouldn’t lie to her.
Sephy struggles with seeing Meggie lose the last member of her family… I mean, that’s understandable. Sephy provides Jude with an alibi under the condition that he will leave Callie Rose alone, and he agrees, though he doesn’t mean it…
One night, Sephy is holding Callie Rose too tight and Callie stops breathing… and that’s where the book ends.
It’s amazing, and ends on a major cliffhanger; I can’t imagine having to wait to read the next book, wondering whether Callie lives or dies. Lucky me, I had both books with me… thankfully.
Age would, again, be 12/13… well, that’s when I read the books…
DO NOT read this if you want something lighthearted… it’s pretty dark, still… it’s that heavy, depressing kind of book that you can’t help being obsessed with.
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