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Publisher's Summary

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 Crosses schools.

Against a background of prejudice and distrust, intensely highlighted by violent terrorist activity by Noughts unable to accept the injustices any longer, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum; a romance that is to lead both of them into terrible danger.

©2004 Malorie Blackman (P)2004 Random House

Critic Reviews

"An author who has worked hard not to be identified too closely with any particular genre, she has built a complex and challenging novel around an alternative version of apartheid." (The Scotsman)

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  • Karyn
  • Westport, CT, USA
  • 05-13-07

Compelling teen reading

This was my daughter`s favorite book when she was 13. I enjoyed listening to it - the actors are talented and the story moves quickly, if occasionally predictably. Some of the themes are more suited for older teens, but my kids were fine with them. I recommend this for kids 12-15.

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GREAT BOOK

This was a very extent rich book it had a few plot lines that all link at the end it starts slow stick with it IS GETS GREAT

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  • ChasN
  • 10-22-06

Great Read

This was a good book that was excellently transposed to an audio book by using 2 readers. Highly recommended for teenagers and adults alike.

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  • Hannah
  • 03-23-08

Awesome

Never before has a book made such a powerful impression on me. This book is literally without fault and should be made compulsary reading for absolutely everyone. The ending is so moving that I cried out load and no book has ever done that to me before. Seriously it is that good, I defy anyone not to be moved by this awesome masterpiece.

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  • MarkE
  • 02-17-18

Thought provoking for young people

Really enjoyed this good book that my daughter is studying at school. Lots of insight into how people end up making good and bad decisions in the face of social mores.

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  • S
  • 10-12-17

Othello Absent

Many thoughts, observations and questions to interest anyone with an open mind. On a cheeky note and given that all things in the 0X0 world are essentially the same as ours - Inversion and State brutalism notwithstanding - I bet the pejorative for Crosses makes Macbeth an 'interesting' watch.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-20-17

Nice to have 2 people read...

just as the story is retold by two characters it was great to have to people read it...

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  • Miss T
  • 10-08-16

Wow

Wow. Wow. Wow. Just so very excellent. Brilliant. Brought a tear to me at the end and reminded me of when I first read it in secondary school.

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  • Finlay de Vale
  • 03-24-16

Outstanding

One of the best books I have read but with the saddest ending definitely a huge emotional rollercoaster

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  • Rida
  • 09-09-15

Excellent

Truly gripping! A highly thought provoking and emotional story. The two narrators make the audiobook even better!

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  • Hope
  • 07-02-15

Didn't want it to end!

Would you consider the audio edition of Noughts and Crosses to be better than the print version?

I did not read the print version however I am surprised at how much I enjoyed the audio version. It was easy to listen to and still had me gripped at each word and wanting to hear more. The only thing I didn't like was that with the voices you can't imagine the characters voices as much, but that's just a small fault for a reader!

What about Nina Sosanya & Nigel Greaves’s performance did you like?

They had different takes on each character and it was easy to tell when a different character was speaking. I loved that they did have a male and female for both parts as well, it helped knowing whose perspective it was.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! If I had time I would have easily! I hated pausing it because I constantly wanted to know what was going to happen next.

Any additional comments?

The reason I thought to try audible was due to me wanting to sunbathe but not wanting to wear my sunglasses to read, this meant I could lay with my eyes closed and earphones in and still listen to the book! It's a great idea and I loved it.