Sunday, November 25, 2012
Noughts & Crosses (Noughts & Crosses, #1) by Malorie Blackman
Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman
Two young people are forced to make a stand in this thought-provoking look at racism and prejudice in an alternate society.
Sephy is a Cross -- a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. Callum is a Nought -- a “colourless” member of the underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses. The two have been friends since early childhood, but that’s as far as it can go. In their world, Noughts and Crosses simply don’t mix. Against a background of prejudice and distrust, intensely highlighted by violent terrorist activity, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum -- a romance that is to lead both of them into terrible danger. Can they possibly find a way to be together?
In this gripping, stimulating and totally absorbing novel, black and white are right and wrong.
My rating: An almost 4 of 5 stars
Do I dare read the next one? Considering this one’s already got my emotions swinging from one extreme to another? That ending…that ending… THAT ENDING!! has me split between:
One has got to appreciate witnessing the change in the two involved: she’s sweet and sunshine and optimistic; he’s not… ‘til they’re neither of those things anymore because of the honestly laid out way they each open their eyes (have their eyes opened?) then grow into people you don’t expect them to be.
And oh my poor heart, but several times through the course of the story, I had to put the book down thinking something was coming their way, dreading and knowing that this big thing was coming right around the corner… so that when something else –equally unexpected- took place, I wasn’t sure if I ought to feel relieved, giddy or disappointed. Gah! The things this book did to my emotions. My EMOTIONS!
So this is brilliantly told tale of two people on opposite sides of everything with its sweet start but slow and painful realizations for the two. When one or the other or both of them began questioning what’s right and what’s acceptable, there’s a loosening of feelings wound taut in me because things seemed to be going the way I thought things ought to go ‘till other things happen and I’m back to zero with my emotions all riled up.
They face ugly truths, grow up and do things they feel right, so things got heavy and I put it down (more than once) but couldn’t NOT pick it back up again. See it’s because this one’s got a lot of hard, ugly truths as well as an outcome that’s simply unbelievable.
Were I rating that ending alone, it’d be an easy 5/5, but overall it’s:
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