DOUBLE CROSS by Malorie Blackman

THE FINAL BOOK in the… well, I’m sure everybody’s sick of my raving about this series, so… I’ll just say amazing. Let’s start that again:

THE FINAL BOOK in the amazing Noughts and Crosses series by Malorie Blackman!!Double Cross by Malorie Blackman

In the last book, Checkmate, it ends with Sephy and Callie Rose finally talking to each other again, after Jasmine resorts to locking them both in a cellar together.

Everyone thinks the bomb that killed Jasmine was the work of a Nought terrorist, but Callie knows the truth. She is also afraid that Jude is still alive and planning revenge, though later you learn that Jude did actually die in the hotel room.

Her best friend, and later boyfriend, Tobey, is a nought boy at an exclusive school. Tobey hopes to stay out of trouble, go to university and get a good job. But the area where Tobey lives is carved up by two rivaling gangs: one headed by ruthless Nought Alex McAuley, and the other headed by the Dowds, a ruthless Cross family. Tobey wants to stay out of this, but then his friend Dan offers him the chance to make some money by making a few ‘deliveries,’ for McAuley. Tobey agrees, eventually… so this book is more about the gang wars than about Sephy, and Jude, and stuff. And of course, Tobey has to choose between Callie Rose and Rebecca Dowd. So I didn’t find this book as great, but that’s just because I got so immersed in Sephy’s world that now, Callie and Tobey’s world seems different… if that makes any sense.

Do I need to carry on telling people to read these?? Fine then… Read. Read. Read. Read. Read. Have you got the message?? Good.

READ.

Age 12/13 is when I read it… and I think that’s a pretty good age.

Age… umm… well… 12/13, I guess.

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KNIFE EDGE by Malorie Blackman

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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NOUGHTS AND CROSSES by Malorie Blackman

So… this is the first of the Noughts and Crosses series by Malorie Blackman. They are fantastic, and I definitely recommend them.

So, they are about a racist world. But here, the darker skinned “Crosses” rule over the pale skinned “Noughts”- basically, the opposite.

NOUGHTS and CROSSESPersephone ‘Sephy’ Hadley, daughter of Kamal Hadley the wealthy politician, is a Cross. Her best friend, Callum McGregor, is a Nought. Their friendship is frowned on by society, and so they remain friends in secret, Much to Sephy’s joy, Callum is one of the first Noughts admitted to Sephy’s exclusive school, Heathcroft High. Callum is also in Sephy’s class, but most of her classmates don’t accept that Sephy wants to be friends with a Nought. Meanwhile, Callum’s father Ryan and brother Jude join the Liberation Militia, a terrorist group said to be aimed at promoting equality.

Callum’s elder sister also dies in a car accident, but Callum knows it was suicide. Later, Jude and Ryan are also accused of a lethal bombing of  shopping centre committed by the L.M.- Callum is expelled from school and Ryan faces death. However, Jasmine, remembering how she used to be close to the McGregor family, hires a lawyer to defend Ryan and he escapes death. However he must spend a lifetime in jail and is killed by an electric fence while trying to escape.

Sephy decides she wants a new start and decides to go to the boarding school Chivers. She leaves Callum a letter asking him to run away from her, and if he doesn’t reply she will be going the Chivers boarding school. However, Callum has decided to join the L.M. against his mother’s will, and doesn’t get the note until just before Sephy leaves. He sprints to try and find her, but he is too late; Sephy is gone.

Years later, when Sephy returns, she gets a note from Callum telling her to meet him. She complies after some thought, but Callum is now part of the L.M. and that note wasn’t sent with good intentions…

This book is great. It’s kinda dark, but it’s still amazing. And I loved it… it’s awesome. Read, read, read, read!!

Age… umm… well… 12/13, I guess.

 

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