A Book of Love

‘Life is meaningless only if we allow it to be. Each of us has the power to give life meaning, to make out time and our bodies and our words into instruments of love and hope.’

‘Why love if losing hurts so much? We love to know that we are not alone.’

‘Radical superiority is a mere pigment of the imagination.’

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. Until the first steps are taken towards more social equality and a limited number of Noughts are allowed into Cross schools… Against a background of prejudice and distrust, intensely highlighted by violent terrorist activity by Noughts, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum – a romance that is to lead both of them into terrible danger…


254 reviews for “Noughts & Crosses

  1. Honestly, if I didn’t have this book I don’t know where I would be right now. This book is emotional and relatable so make sure you have a box of tissues at the ready…

    You really can’t take life seriously until you read this book.

    Please read!

  2. I was busy reading this book as it was part of my school exams and boy, this book is good. You seriously need to read this book as the setting is in an alternate-history-timeline. Things have definitely changed and the way both characters hate the fact that they have to be separate because of their skin colours. This book really tells us about our world in a book.

  3. Absolutly love this book, couldnt put it down and I am defiently not a big reader at all. I am now starting the second book in the series.

  4. I picked up Noughts and Crosses at the age of about 12 I think, and I’ve never been able to top this outstanding piece of literature since. Malorie Blackman covers varying issues in this sensational novel – from mental health and suicide, alcoholism, extremist groups, repressive education systems, entering adolescence and forbidden love – all induced or connected in some way to the overarching theme of racism. When you read Noughts and Crosses, Malorie effortlessly transports you into the agency of Callum and Sephy, and because she does this, you move through the novel with a burning anger towards a warped unjust society but bursting pride for the courage of both Callum and Sephy. Ultimately your heart breaks for the two children on the beach who were separated by death for no other reason other than they loved each other. Malorie has been my favourite author from day one and because of her – I am now an aspiring writer. Thank you for igniting the fire, Malorie.

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