Noughts & Crosses

Noughts & Crosses #1

Malorie Blackman

fiction dystopian young adult
challenging emotional medium-paced

479 pages | first published 2001

Two young people are forced to make a stand in this thought-provoking look at racism and prejudice in an alternate society.

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. In their world, Noughts and Crosses simply don’t mix. Against a background of prejudice and distrust, intensely highlighted by violent terrorist activity, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum -- a romance that is to lead both of them into terrible danger. Can they possibly find a way to be together?

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Moods

emotional 66%
dark 59%
challenging 54%
sad 50%
tense 40%
reflective 36%
informative 15%
inspiring 12%
adventurous 8%
hopeful 8%
funny 3%
mysterious 1%

Pace

medium 58%
fast 32%
slow 8%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 45% | Character: 45% | Plot: 9%

Strong character development?

Yes: 72% | It's complicated: 15% | No: 11%

Loveable characters?

No: 34% | Yes: 34% | It's complicated: 28% | N/A: 1%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 92% | It's complicated: 7%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 75% | No: 12% | It's complicated: 8% | N/A: 4%

Average rating

4.11