Naughts and Crosses

Naughts and Crosses

Book - 2005
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Baker & Taylor
Despite the rules of the land, Callum, a second-class white citizen, and Sephy, a black Cross, love one another and want to be together, but when Callum rescues Sephy from an explosion and is caught on tape, Sephy’s powerful father seeks to have Callum hanged for their relationship.

Baker
& Taylor

Despite the rules of the land, Callum, a second-class white citizen, and Sephy, a black Cross, love one another and want to be together, but when Callum rescues Sephy from an explosion and is caught on tape, SephyGÇÖs powerful father seeks to have Callum hanged for their relationship.Despite the rules of the land, Callum, a second-class white citizen, and Sephy, a black Cross, love one another and want to be together, but when Callum rescues Sephy from an explosion and is caught on tape, SephyGÇÖs powerful father seeks to have Callumhanged for their relationship.

Simon and Schuster
Callum is a naught, a second-class citizen in a society run by the ruling Crosses. Sephy is a Cross, and daughter of the man slated to become prime minister. In their world, white naughts and black Crosses simply don't mix -- and they certainly don't fall in love. But that's exactly what they've done.
When they were younger, they played together. Now Callum and Sephy meet in secret and make excuses. But excuses no longer cut it when Sephy and her mother are nearly caught in a terrorist bombing planned by the Liberation Militia, with which Callum's family is linked. Callum's father is the prime suspect...and Sephy's father will stop at nothing to see him hanged. The blood hunt that ensues will threaten not only Callum and Sephy's love for each other, but their very lives.
In this shocking thriller, UK sensation Malorie Blackman turns the world inside out. What's white is black, what's black is white, and only one thing is clear: Assumptions can be deadly.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781416900160
Characteristics: 386 p

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ReedahH
May 07, 2017

If i were to rate this book, I would give it a solid 5. The plot was ok, a sort of Romeo and Juliet love story with a theme about racism. There were some nice statements about racism and prejudice but it definitely was not amazing. A lot of moments were lacking and understated. (SPOILERS) Like when Cullum joins a terrorist group, the justification behind it was very...dull and simple.
Nothing in the book was really extraordinary.
Maybe I just found it too 'cheesy' and cliché.

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jacksonsgf
Aug 14, 2014

This book shows how much discrimination can twist and plague so many things, from not learning about black (or in the book's case, white) explorers in schools, to unjust incarceration. It flips the script of the world and I wish everyone would read this, especially with the Ferguson shootings/constitution violations. Racism didn't end when slavery was abolished, just like misogyny and sexism didn't when women were considered "persons", but educating yourself is the first and one of the most important steps. To my fellow Crosses: do not turn a blind eye on what is still happening to the noughts. Be an ally, and don't you dare use racism as a card you can play on the daily. To the noughts: I can't say anything, except that I'm trying to make it different.

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Rita214
Jan 13, 2010

One of the most amazing books I have ever read in my entire life. I could barely put the book down. I was completely into it, I told everyone about it and now that I've finished reading it, I just want to read it over and over again. Absolutely recommended. This book is a masterpiece, and it really shows how horrible racism can be. And it can come from anyone, towards anyone. This book was exceptional and if I could, I would give it ten thousand stars out of five because it truly deserves it and I really think everyone should read this book. (Rita, 16)

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