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Malorie Blackman, Noughts and Crosses, Knife Edge, Checkmate

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Feb. 3rd, 2007 | 08:16 pm

Malorie Blackman, Noughts and Crosses, Knife Edge, Checkmate

Trilogy of children's novels which posits a society in which Noughts (all white) are second-class citizens to Crosses (all black). The narrative concerns the relationship between a Nought boy, Callum, and a Cross girl, Sephy. It's a very good idea - unfortunately it's not a well-executed idea. Flimsy, cardboard characters, OTT action. I remember a series of novels that I read when I was pretty young (certainly younger than YA, which I think they were aimed at), about a cross-religion relationship in Northern Ireland, concerning two characters called Kevin and Sadie, and I recall them being a great deal better.

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from: altariel
date: Feb. 10th, 2007 01:10 pm (UTC)

I shall start keeping an eye out for those (another set of books I'm watching out for - I'm trying to pick up John Christopher's novels as well).

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