Noughts & Crosses

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Simon and Schuster, Dec 1, 2020 - Young Adult Fiction - 496 pages
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Two star-crossed lovers fight for a more just world in this searing novel with a critically-acclaimed BBC series adaptation now streaming on NBCUniversal’s Peacock platform!

Sephy is a Cross: dark-skinned and beautiful, she lives a life of privilege and power. But she’s lonely, and she burns with injustice at the world she sees around her.

Callum is a nought: pale-skinned and poor, he’s considered to be less than nothing, there to serve Crosses, but he dreams of a better life.

They’ve been friends since they were children, and they both know that’s as far as it can ever go. Noughts and Crosses are fated to be bitter enemies—love is out of the question.

Then—in spite of a world that is fiercely against them—these star-crossed lovers choose each other.

But it comes at a price and as they prepare to protect themselves and their love, they realize that the cost will lead both of them into terrible danger…and will have shocking repercussions for generations to come.

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User Review  - Amzzz - LibraryThing

A book with an interesting premise - Sephy is a cross and Callum is a nought. Can they overcome society’s prejudices and be together? Unfortunately the story becomes progressively more ridiculous and problematic as it goes on, resulting in a very disappointing exploration of an interesting idea. Read full review

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User Review  - nx74defiant - LibraryThing

I can see why this is a very successful young adult book - racism with the races reversed. But as an adult it lacks nuance to keep my interest. So one of those young adult books that is great for young adults, but not for older adults. Read full review

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An award-winning British author and dramatist, Malorie Blackman is a major voice in children’s publishing, holding the post of Waterstones Children’s Laureate from 2013 to 2015. She is best known for her bestselling Noughts & Crosses series as well as Pig Heart Boy, Thief!, Cloud Busting, Boys Don’t Cry, and Chasing the Stars.

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