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Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman
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In this romantic thriller an alternate England is created where the world is divided between Naughts and Crosses, or the under privileged and privileged. Of course the two main characters, first Callum an optimistic Naught who believes in creating a better future for his family and Sephy an oblivious Cross that believes this social divide means little to nothing become friends.

Thrown together by circumstance the two grow in deep admiration and eventually love which is not only forbidden but also causes a multitude of problems since Sephy’s father is a political big wig and Callum’s family is accused of being part of a terrorist group taking violent means in order to reach equality. This heartbreaking tale unfolds in alternately narrated chapters showing the two mature and realize that their perfect relationship is being far from obtainable.

Blackman’s book although frustrating at certain moments throws readers in a prejudice society that shows how the government and social status can dictate our every move. The alternately narrated chapters makes it possible for readers to experience both worlds, Naught and Cross and how people of all walks of life are bogged down by problems. This novel is wonderful for those that are not only interested in reading a tragic romance but also a social commentary on how prejudices can easily take over and consume our bodies and minds.
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