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(Noughts and Crosses #3)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  14,819 ratings  ·  425 reviews
Can the future ever erase the past? Rose has a Cross mother and a nought father in a society where the pale-skinned noughts are treated as inferiors and those with dual heritage face a life-long battle against deep-rooted prejudices. Sephy, her mother, has told Rose virtually nothing about her father, but as Rose grows into a young adult, she unexpectedly discovers the tru ...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published April 6th 2017 by Penguin (first published June 30th 2005)
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Reading Corner
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Malorie Blackman delivers again with her third instalment in The Noughts and Crosses series.The story is told through the past and present where we get a glimpse into Callie's Roses upbringing and how Sephy struggles to tell her about her father.

The story is yet again fantastic and I loved every narrative and each character as they draw you in, in their own way and every narrative is intriguing.I loved the fact that Malorie Blackman allowed us to witness Callie Rose growing up as it gave me insi
Malorie Blackman broke my heart with the first book of this series and only now, has she tried to mend it. This is a remarkable story. The turmoil - emotional, physical, mental, and social - is overwhelming. Its like standing on a log in the water, constantly being tipped over here and there, your arms flailing about, never knowing when you'll finally lose your balance and plunge into the depths below. Sephy, Callie Rose, Meggie, all these people take so many punches I can't understand how they' ...more
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rosanna Threakall
Read this in like 24 hours.

So action packed.

So intense.

SO good.
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, 2016
I loved this book, it was brilliant! The third book in the Noughts and Crosses quartet definitely lived up to the first two books and in some ways surpassed them.


Okay so I'm quite confused with that ending; are Jude & Jasmine dead? Did she set the bomb off? I don't know. There's another book and the blurb for that book also confuses me (I highly recommend not reading the blurb for 'Doublecross').
Pam Baddeley
Book 3 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 massive discrimination i ...more
The different timelines sometimes confused me but other than that I liked it. Even though there are more books in the series I felt like I'm kinda happy with the ending so right now I don't think I will continue the series.
Apr 18, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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Beth (bibliobeth)
May 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Checkmate is the third book in the fabulous Noughts & Crosses series by a woman I've come to think of as a YA genius - Malorie Blackman. I am going to try and write this review as spoiler free as I can for anybody who hasn't started the series yet but it gets harder with each successive book in the series. I heartily recommend anyone who is interested in dystopian fiction, prejudice and racial tension to read these books and discover the magic of them for yourself.

Our main character from the fir
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, it’s so hard to review books in a series. I’m not one for spoilers, so I try to really make it obvious if there’s going to be a spoiler. The trouble with this series is that it’s so damn good I want to speak about it, but I would HATE to spoil it for others. So, as per usual with this series, I’m going to be wonderfully vague. (I apologise!)

Checkmate is the third book in the Noughts and Crosses series. It follows Sephy and Callum’s daughter, Callie Rose, a
May 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-ever
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Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: black-authors, 2016
Such a gripping tale, I literally couldn't put this down. Told mostly in flashbacks it tells the story of how Callum and Sephy's daughter Callie Rose learns the truth about her heritage and how that's used to manipulate her. This is a book and a series full of incredibly uncomfortable truths told in a compelling way, it should be on every school curriculum.
I really loved the other 2 hoping that this one is just as good.

Ive only been reading it for 2days and nearly at the end! I just cant put it down once I have started to read it, it is amazing. Im so glad that I allready have the next one waiting in my 2be read pile.
Ross Duffy
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This book was mind blowing! So many twists and turns and I cannot wait to start reading the final book of this amazing series 😍

I love the characterisation of Jasmine and how we get to see her side in this book and I also like the progression we see of Callie Rose.

Just amazing
millie patel
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn’t put it down 👌🏽another excellent book can’t wait to read book 4
I am unsure if I really buy this - you told me a lie so I will kill myself and others with a bomb... I get what Malorie tried here with the build-up and the backstory of Jude influencing. But Jude is also a character I don't really buy. He is such a diabolical a*** who seems to not have one hair of humanity in him. Most evil characters have at least some sort of believable trait. But nothing Jude does or believes makes sense or is even the slightest relatable. He is just an a***...I don't know I ...more
alex ✨
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I felt so many emotions reading this book! And the character development in this book was perfection. I can’t think of one single thing this book is missing because it has everything you would want in a book. I was a bit skeptical because I didn’t really enjoy the last book as much but WOW this book was good. I 10000% would recommend. I feel as if this series is so underrated and more people should be reading this!!!
Although I did enjoy parts of this book, overall I found this one if this series quite uninteresting. I found it quite annoying how it would keep switching the time and Callie rose as a teenager was a really unlikeable and I constantly wanted to switch back and carry on with someone else’s story in a different time period. It was definitely my least favourite of the noughts and crosses series so far, however I will carry on to the last book as I cannot leave it unfinished. Hopefully it will be b ...more
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This series is drastically deteriorating. It's not that the story is that bad - on the contrary the story and the layout of jumping through the timeline kept me intrigued - but that I really did not like the writing.

Exhibit A - Some examples of similes used were 'my heart dropped like a fossilised poo' and 'a heart as soft as yoghurt'. Please?

Exhibit B - Putting speech in capital letters is cheating. It's text speak. There's a reason adverbs were invented.

Exhibit C - If you're going to write
Oct 11, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: term-1
I found this book quite sappy and it shouldn't have been because it's definitely not a sappy story. The ending was terrible, it basically ruined the whole series for me. I was expecting something a lot deeper but instead I got sort of a "and they lived happily ever after the end" kind of thing which really didn't suit the style of the book. Plus half of the characters annoyed me when they definitely shouldn't have. The only character who doesn't annoy gets killed in the end which added to my dis ...more
Jul 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately, I have to say the books get less amazing as the series progresses. The first book was so amazing and original that I think Blackman could never write another one to compare. The idea of equality is still the main theme, which is why this book is not as popular, as the same idea is still present. Having said that, the book is still interesting as we follow the life of Callie-Rose; the child of Sephy and Callum as she comes to term with her mixed-race identity and where she belongs ...more
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Incredibly exciting, fast paced novel. Fantastic climax
Eva Mandy
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned

“When a chance for real happiness comes by, grab it with both hands and devour it. If it lasts five minutes or five lifetimes, it’s still worth it.”

This third instalment was for me just as powerful and intense as the first two books in the Noughts & Crosses series. And it is also a fantastic ending for the original trilogy. I know there’s a fourth book already released and that a new one is on the way, but it all comes full circle for these characters right here, so I think I’m taking a brea
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a great book. Noughts & Crosses is one of my favourite books and Malorie Blackman didn't disappoint me with the third book of that series which is this book. Checkmate was one of the books that grabbed my attention in such a way that I wasn't able to shut the book before completing it. I read this book for six-hour straight and didn't tired of it. I loved the way the book was written, how it switched perspective and time period.

I didn't get the reason why Jude was using Callie, I mean she
This is such a wonderful, unique series.

This third instalment flashes forwards and backwards through time, reliving Sephy, Callie & her grandmothers lives over the years, culminating in a very tense and resentful period.

I enjoyed going from one to another, but I do have to say, at about the three quarter mark I was a little bit 'ok, we get the point, I just wanna know what is happening now!!!' The 'now' sections were so thrilling and important, that every time we flicked back to Callie being an
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again, this one is a high 4 stars. Like I said in my review of Knife Edge, I use the CAWPILE rating system which needs a 9/10 to give it 5 stars, this one came out to be 8.86, so it was almost there! This is how I rated it specifically:

Characters - 10
Atmosphere - 9
Writing - 9
Plot - 10
Intrigue - 7
Logic - 7
Enjoyment - 10

I really wanted there to be more intrigue in this book. I found everything to be rather predictable and I'm not sure whether this was something that was supposed to happen, or
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am so eager to read this series as so far I have loved every single book but I don't want to read them either because I don't want it to end. From the first one to this one they have been a very adult topic and this one more so than any in this generation. I loved how honest the characters were and they drew out lots of different emotions and feelings such as happiness, anger, resentment, denial and hope. I have completely fell in love with Malorie Blackmans writing and the characters she make ...more
Claudia Parry
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yet another brilliant book by Malorie Blackman! If I could I would give it 4.5 stars, as it was better than the second book, but not quite as good as the first. I enjoyed how this book starts further into the future, which is not what you’re expecting after the end of the second book, before then going back to tell the story of how this has all happened. I think that’s what made this book more gripping to continue reading, as you want to find out how everything changed.
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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
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