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Knife Edge

(Noughts and Crosses #2)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  18,538 ratings  ·  740 reviews

Sephy is a Cross, one of the privileged in a society where the ruling Crosses treat the pale-skinned noughts as inferiors. But her baby daughter has a nought father . . . Jude is a Nought. Eaten up with bitterness, he blames Sephy for the terrible losses his family has suffered . . .

Now Jude's life rests on a
Paperback, 364 pages
Published June 30th 2005 by Corgi Childrens (first published August 7th 2003)
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Reading Corner
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Wow.This book is amazing and I'd say it's even better than the first book.I literally flew through this book in one sitting because I didn't want to put it down till I finished it.

Malorie Blackman's writing skills are phenomenal,she manages to completely submerge you into her fictional world and continuously pull on your heart strings.The characters complexity is just fantastic and I even felt pity for the worst characters as my opinions of the characters kept altering.

I loved every narrative as
Emily B
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m loving this series. I read them a long time ago and so I don’t remember them much but they feel familiar.
I couldn’t stop reading knife edge, something about this story captivates me.
I wasn’t so keen on the format of this one and the song lyrics, for me it would have been better without them.
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Set in a dystopian 21st century near future British society – the ‘Noughts & Crosses’ award winning series of novels (initially a trilogy, subsequently extended to a quadrilogy) opens following a period of alternative history, a post slavery period where the white population (Noughts) have been enslaved by the ruling black elite. Now post emancipation, it is the non-black population who are distinctly disadvantaged and impoverished in this alternative future society which is ruled and controlled ...more
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: heartwrenching
MY FEELS OH MY GOSH MY FEELS! This is absolutely the most heart wrenching, gut tearing, depressing novel I have ever been blessed to read! Literally for the first half of the novel I was just sitting here like:

Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
5/5 because this book is perfect! There was nothing I could fault and it's definitely the best book I've read in a long time. I know a lot of people say this isn't as good as the first, but I adored it and actually thought that it was maybe better because of the further development of the characters and the plot; I was hooked!

+ Sephy is such an incredible character - how she thinks about everything, how she acts about everything. She dragged me into her emotions and I really felt for
I read this book in one sitting and honestly, still don’t know whether I’m liking the series or not – my feelings are so conflicted in regard to several aspects.

First and foremost, I still stand by the fact that the political themes in this book are brilliant and well executed. The entire idea for the series is amazing and I love the dystopian aspect too. I think it’s a very thought-provoking and bold series for young adults, and is rally daring in the dark topics it puts forward. I love the ide
Jx PinkLady Reviews ♡ @bookwormthoughts
A book about hate and the way hate breeds hate. The story arc is perhaps not as tight as it could be, I didnt always fully believe in the dialogue of the characters but l like the thought behind it, the message of the story is solid. It shines a light on the hypocrisy in our society and shouts loud and eloquently about the racial inequalities in our world.

The end is totally gripping, the author takes her plot to the extreme. It's shocking and emotionally hard hitting and for that I applaud the s
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: discrimination
I’ve never been so unsure whether or not to continue a series…

Compared to the first book, Noughts and Crosses, this one was just BORING! Not only that, but what’s up with sudden poetic, lyrical snippets that have been added? It’s airy-fairy nonsense. I highly doubt most readers read lyrics in fiction novels.

This sequel also introduced newspaper clippings before reach section which did not add to the story, but seemed to be purely for world-building in a world that we are already familiar with be
Rosanna Threakall
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this and it's a really good sequel!

I was totally hooked this weekend as you will see by how much of this series I managed to read.
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, 2016, favourites
4.75/5... I'd give it a 95%

This book was amazing! For those who have read Noughts and Crosses and decided not to continue on with the series, I completely understand why (plot-wise) but also because Noughts and Crosses has such a good and full story arc that it works 100% fine as a stand alone novel. I myself was considering leaving it at that because I loved that book and it felt very complete so I wasn't really sure if I was going to read this book. I am so glad that I did.

As I mentioned earli
Pam Baddeley
Book 2 in the dystopian series in which a 360 degree turnaround focuses light from a different angle on racism, with the setting an alternative history in which Crosses, black people, have always been the dominant civilising force, with white people as former slaves only emancipated fifty years before the timeline of the story. Noughts, as they are known, face the sort of racism that in real life is directed against black people, including the abusive term 'blanker' and its inclusion in seemingl ...more
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: malorie-blackman
I think that this book was really good. I really enjoyed reading it because unlike the first book of the series it focused more on Callum’s brothers Jude then the love life of Callum and sephy. I would highly recommend this book for anyone looking for an amazing read. It gives you Judes point of view and how he blames sephy for his brothers death. It also shows how sephy copes after the death Of Callum and How she manages with her new baby Callie-rose.
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one is actually better than the first book. Which is great, of course, but I found one of the characters overly disagreeable, and that kinda influenced my liking of the story as a whole. And yet, it's cruel, almost unbearable at times, and it's free of romance, Checkmate will hopefully be less sinister, although I'm aware the setting isn't meant to be pleasant. ...more
that cliffhanger tho. All the books on my tbr have been shoved aside to finish this series because i need to know what the hell happened.
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked this better than the first one. In my opinion the characters gets more depth in this which makes it ugh so painful.
Beth McCallum
Jun 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
just awful. sorry, but it was. i don't think i'll continue with this series :(

the writing was shocking
the characters are all so petty and annoying and unlikeable and make wacky weird and inconsistent decisions
there was literally no plot - whereas the first book had like 12879 plots !!!
there was no fight to equality in this book. this series is about racism and the first book set up an interesting world but this book was just about singing and feeding a baby and dating and i was so boreeeeeeed
Martha Dawson
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I cried at the end... I cant believe it! If you haven't read this series already (I know I'm late to the party) then WHY NOT!?! ...more
For my pre read thoughts and reasons for rating please visit my blog: From the Shadows I Review

This was not on the same level as ‘Noughts and Crosses’. The writing was good, but the story felt lost for me. It wasn’t the same. And while I get that we’re dealing with the aftermath of the conclusion of book one, I feel that this doesn’t do it justice. I found myself dragging myself through the book, when with the predecessor I was racing through the book, praying that it wouldn’t end.

Jude – Jude
May 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-ever
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Robbie Yates
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
More introspective and thoughtful than the first book, but all the better for it. An interesting world, if not particularly fleshed out, with three-dimensional characters and brilliant themes.
Becky Lockyer
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic sequel in a timeless and moving series. It’s gripping, and interesting with excellent exploration of characters. A very emotive continuation of an important and topical subject.
Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Couldn't put it down and read half in one night needing to finish it. ...more
Carolyn  Storer
Aug 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is the second novel in the Noughts & Crosses series and as with the first book it is wonderfully written with well rounded and interesting characters and a story which pulls you in from the first few pages. The voices of each character alternate between chapters, and along with Sephy a black-skinned Cross, we see the world through the eyes of Jude, a white-skinned nought and Callum's brother, and occasionally from Sephy's mother, Jasmine, and Jude's mother, Meggie.

The story continues on fro
Jan 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Noughts & Crosses was an excellent book. Not only did it surprise me in terms of its quality, but it struck that perfect balance between readability and grit. I was therefore looking forward to the second in the series.

This book shifts its focus slightly, necessarily so due to the ending of the first book. The main characters are now Sephy and Jude, Callum's brother. Both continue to fight their way through life in a very racist world, with Judge continuing his role as a 'liberation fighter', a
Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
WARNING: Spoilers alert. Don't read this review if you haven't read the first book.

I was so excited, and eager to begin reading this book when my mum brought it home from the library. If you have read my review of Noughts and Crosses, you will know how much I loved it, and so obviously I wanted to read this one. Who doesn't love a good sequel?! And it certainly didn't disappoint! Knife Edge had some wonderful new characters, and plot twists all the way through, so it kept me on the edge of my se
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1. Thought provoking
2. Strong but not preachy message
3. Deal with some very controversial issues superbly

Just utterly amazing! To see my full review, click the link to my blog below:
Abigail Carter
Dec 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
(4.75 stars)
Jun 20, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, dnf
this is a solid DNF I'm gonna write a review when I'm not completely pissed off at this book :) ...more
Eva Mandy
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned

“And anger gave me a voice. And rage took away my fear. And fury took away my doubts.”

The author was not joking, Knife Edge is truly a book about hate. Hate, desperation and extreme guilt and unhappiness. There’s not a glimpse of hope, nothing good happens, and this made it a really difficult read (thus the four-start rating).

First half of the book I spent crying. The rest? I was plain angry, mad at every possible character.

(Spoilers from book one, consider yourself warned!)

I said before tha
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An award-winning children's author, Malorie Blackman was honoured with an OBE in 2008. Her work has been adapted for TV and stage.

More information available at:
British Council: Contemporary Authors
British Council: Encompass Culture
Channel 4 Learning: Book Box

Other books in the series

Noughts and Crosses (6 books)
  • Noughts & Crosses (Noughts & Crosses, #1)
  • Checkmate (Noughts & Crosses, #3)
  • Double Cross (Noughts & Crosses, #4)
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