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. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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)

  6. 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.

  7. 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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