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4.18  ·  Rating details ·  12,644 ratings  ·  327 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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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 contro ...more
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, favourites
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 'Doublecros
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Thoughts to come
Morgane Moncomble
4.75 stars

Am I to finish every of these books crying??
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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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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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
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
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
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
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 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 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.
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Incredibly exciting, fast paced novel. Fantastic climax
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
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
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a brilliant 3rd book in the Noughts and Crosses series. The storyline was thrilling and exciting. Having the story be told from different characters perspectives made you gain a deeper understanding into the character thoughts, feelings and intentions. I can wait to read the next book in the series! Overall I would highly recommend this book.
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My entire heart shatters and heals within this book, it's so powerful and such a heart wrenching glimpse into pain and loss and fear. Choices make us who we truly are and this book takes one splintered family and shows how each one makes choices to survive - but is there more to life than just survival?

lol now i'm being a dick idk i love this book
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
AMAZING! It made me want to read more and more. I like how the different plots were weaving with each other and spread throughout the book. I love the ending it was amazing.
I really enjoyed this book, I think it was a great read and I liked how the book was mainly focused on Rose rather than Sephy. Would definitely recommend!
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
What a great book and what a great series. Highly recommend to anybody.
Overall it was a good book however i found the ending and the flashbacks very confusing
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really, really enjoyed this book.
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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 (5 books)
  • Noughts & Crosses (Noughts & Crosses, #1)
  • Knife Edge (Noughts & Crosses, #2)
  • Double Cross (Noughts & Crosses, #4)
  • Crossfire (Noughts & Crosses, #5)
“But remember this if nothing else: I love you more than there are words or stars. I love you more than there are thoughts and feelings. I love you more than there are seconds or moments gone or to come. I love you.” 28 likes
“For once I didn't look away immediately. I forced myself to meet her contemptuous gaze. I allowed myself be swept away by it, to drown in it - the way I'd done so many times before. The way I would willingly do again. Because at least she was here to hate me. At least I had that. I watched my daughter conjure up the filthiest look in her vast arsenal before she turned away with complete disdain. I didn't mind that so much. It meant I could watch her, drink her in without her protest.
Look at our daughter, Callum. Isn't she beautiful, so very beautiful? She laughs like me, but when she smiles... Oh Callum, when she smiles, it's picnics in Celebration Park and sunsets on our beach and our very first kiss all over again. When Callie Rose smiles at me, she lights up my life.
When Callie Rose smiles at me.”
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