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…


248 reviews for “Noughts & Crosses

  1. Christmas Day has come and gone and I’m already half-way through Checkmate! I have never felt the way I have to any other book the way I’ve felt to this series. I cried at the end of Noughts and Crosses! And I don’t cry when reading. I just feel so much for the characters and how they’re trying to shape their own lives. But I honestly don’t know how much more I can take. I might have to take a break, because I can’t stop thinking about it, these books are so emotional and have highlighted so many genres and issues in the real world that I just can’t believe a writer as good as you exists. They are the best books I’ve ever read, they’ve made me joyous, broken, and at some points utterly depressed me for days, and I always have to know the ending. Thank you Malorie, for this trilogy has honestly shaped my views and inspired me, but I really do hope that the ending for Checkmate isn’t too sad. I don’t know if I’ll be able to bear it! Keep writing forever!

  2. It is brilliant! We read this book as a class topic at school in English lessons. I was so interested and excited to read the other books in the series that I bought them with my school lunch money, and had something very little for lunch.

  3. I’m a french girl so sorry for my english.
    I very love this book and i just want to say “thank you” to the wrtiter because i think it’s important to think about racism and invert our look about racism in generaly and about segragation in USA.
    I think too everybody must read this book to be more open minded.
    And just one thing : i cried my eyes out at the end of the book…

  4. I sincerely believe that all young people should read this book. I believe that it will be one of my favourite books for the whole of my lifetime, even when I’m an adult and that I’ll re-read it several times. It filled me with such a variety of emotions, the whole trilogy of books in fact made me cry, with sadness and happiness, many times and I think that you, Malorie, are so incredibly talented. Thank you, thank you, thank you for writing the Noughts & Crosses trilogy,I hope you know how wonderful all of the books are.

  5. WOW!! Malorie ur the greatest.
    I love ur book and plzzz make a funniest book ever plz coz i’ve read all of ur books.

  6. plzz make a movie for noughts and crosses where callum dies and sephy has a baby.
    please make a video on that.
    thank you

  7. I am begging u to make a movie! It would be a total hit! U can do it malorie just like Suzzane Collins with The Hunger Games did and JK Rowling with Harry Potter! This amazing story has huge potential to be a movie! Hope it happens soon! Btw love all of your books Malorie!

  8. One of the best books I’ve ever read, hands down. Would recommend this to anyone, specifically people ages 12+.

  9. The noughts and crosses series are the best books I have ever read! Couldnt put them down! You are the best author ever malorie!

  10. Hello,
    we are a class in The Netherlands and we all read the book with our teacher. We are all very positive about the book and especially the end because it is very sad. In class we discussed racism, segregation and civil rights with your book.
    Greetings from The Netherlands

  11. This should seriously be made into a film, it would be so amazing! I cried so many times whilst reading it and it’s totally awesome! Make it into a film =D

  12. WOW!i love this book!an emotional roller coaster. from laughter to tears deffinately going to share this book amoungst friends

  13. i love this book! such an emotional rollercoster from laughing to streaming tears. 10/10!!!!!

  14. Loooove it am reading it and it is soooooooooooo gripping I really want it to be turned into a movie maybe it would be better the the hunger games !!!!!

  15. Please Malorie make raise a movie out of this! The books were sensational, let all emotions out of me. Visualising yourself by reading the book is always a unique, special way which is personal to each of us. Yet making this book a movie would increase the knowledge of the phenomenal Noughts and Crosses Series. I really hope you will push the idea of making a movie out of your amazing books! Imagine how big they can become. Think: Harry Potter, Hunger Games etc… Your idea is not just a typical scenario, it is well thought out and highly original. It is not just a typical love story, this is an in depth adventure of people who are fighting a way to change the system. Excellent work and I really do hope there will be a movie to look forward to. I have read all the books now, just finished, I have never been so emotional over a book before. This by far has to be the best book I have read which releases mixed emotions. I love these books! Reading the last page made me realise how much I craved for more. I thought reading another book would change this, yet I cannot find one which puts me on edge and feel raw feelings. Thanks.

  16. i just decided to read your noughts and crosses..i was totally attracted to the synopsis of this book. im willing to give a lot of time for this book.godbless!!!

  17. this book was amazing i have read the series 5 times and i still cant get over how good they are this book this definitely one of my favorite books!!! i love you Malorie thank you !!!

  18. this is definitely the best book ever! As an emotional person, this book made me cry. Very touching

  19. I am reading noughts and crosses as all my friends says I should read malorie Blackman book and I would like to say these books are amazing and I can never put this book down.thx Malorie for making amazing books for kids to read.

  20. Oh my….. I just finished reading noughts an crosses and I am literally crying every time I think about it. It’s so crazy how one point your laughing so much then the next your crying SO much I can’t even express what I want to say about that book in words I just…. Wow malorie you have talent! That’s is the best book I have ever tea and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. What about a movie?

  21. Mrs Blackman, I love this book so much, could you make a film out of it please??? That would be awesome!

  22. This book was so amazing I could not put it down. Every page I turned was more interesting than the other. I defiantly recommend this book, it is so good it should be made into a film. It was a very powerful story which left me in tears. Can’t wait to read the next ones.

  23. This book is by far the best I have ever read in my entire life. When I bought it I was worried it would be too long to finish but it was so gripping that I read it in three days! I would recommend i to anybody who likes a thrilling and rebellious book!

  24. Oh my god i just finished reading this book today and i was soo sad because calum died and that i finished reading it.But seriously i couldnt keep my hands of this book i always read its at school and at home.Im nw going to get knifes edge..I loved all the drama in it and i always wanted to read on to the next page.Keep on making more noughts and crosses books xx

  25. I LOVE this book it’s my favourite book and it is the best book series you should turn it into a movie it would be better than twilight and Harry potter

  26. What a great book and the rest of the series is brilliant as well. I loved the series so much it took me about a month or 2 to read it I couldn’t put any of the books down.

  27. This is an amazing book and It was really enjoyable. It was really good and I always wanted to read on the book gave lots of cliff hangers and it was a shame that…

  28. I LOVE this book! I read it over and over again-still have to cry when callum dies! I think u should definitely make a movie about that story <3

  29. This book is just amazing i used to read all of malorie blackmans other book which all said ‘author of the award winning noughts and crosses series’so the more and mote i read that the more i had to get the book. I finally got it and read it and its just spectacular its so amazing. The story line its self is heart felt.

  30. Amazing. Absolutely. Heart-breaking and wonderful. I only read the first book in the series, but all ready I’m begging for more! After I finish laughing and crying and smiling!

  31. I loved this book so much, I read it at every possible opportunity. The plot and characters are so compelling, I could not put it down. This was a thrilling, exciting and amazing read! I am really looking forwards to reading the next books.

  32. Malorie Blackman is an absolute inspiration. Her writing is impeccable. I first read this book at the age of 9 and I still can’t put it down after 15 years. The characters are beautifully formed and you can’t help but put yourself in their shoes. Of course, this can be quite uncomfortable as you go through the emotional roller coaster experienced by them, but that is just an indication of Blackman’s brilliance. Few things make me cry, but this book was one of them. I have nothing but praise for this author.

  33. I absolutely ADORE this book. I think Malorie really makes readers’ eyes glue onto each page as they read. The ending makes you crave to read more and go onto the next book. I recommend teens from the age of 11-12 upwards to read this to double cross. (i started reading this at 11)

  34. 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.

  35. 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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