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Black & White (Black & White #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  26 ratings  ·  22 reviews
What is the price paid for the creation of a perfect society?

In Whitopolis, a gleamingly white city of the future where illness has been eradicated, shock waves run through the populace when a bedraggled, dirt-stricken boy materialises in the main street. Led by government propaganda, most citizens shun him as a demon, except for Wellesbury Noon – a high school student the
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Published September 18th 2017 by Superstar Peanut Publishing
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Ellie Mitchell
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Two worlds- one pure, where even your tears vaporise before
they can drop, the other a filthy, disease-ridden wasteland.

Black and White is a Science Fiction novel set between two very different lands. On the one hand we have Whitopolis (Harmonia), pure white and sterile as its name suggests. On the other we have Loretania, where dirt and disease run ragged. These two lands instantly reminded me of our own world, with Whitopolis like our first world countries with decent healthcare and a wealth o
Hilary (SongsWroteMyStory)
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Dystopians are a dime-a-dozen these days, especially since the heydays of the Hunger Games, and you often have to dig through a lot of them before you come up with something unique and interesting to dive into next. And Black and White definitely fits the bill for that.

The key to this book, and what makes it stand out in my mind, is how incredibly simple the idea is. There is one world that is clean and white and hea
Heather Bradbury
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it
This is taken from my book blog, the Eccentric Trilogy, I read this book in exchange for an honest review.

This novel is set in a spotless society (they’d despise my house) called Whitopolis in which even the word dirt is confusing to the citizens. One day, a kid named Mallinger from another place suddenly appears there – and this boy is covered in dirt, so naturally the citizens are terrified and condemn him as a ‘demon’. Meanwhile, Wellesbury is bored of how routine and perfectionistic their li
Happy Booker
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Black and white is the first book of its Trilogy. The story focuses on how one should stand for what they believe in, instead of following what others do. The story is set in a perfect world called Whitopolis. This place is where the dreams are made of. There is no dirt, no death, no illness, and everything just works as smoothly as one could imagine. In a world where everyone lives a long life of happiness, where nothing goes wrong, a boy named, Wellesbury lives happily.

When a stranger shows up
Robin Goodfellow
Jul 24, 2017 rated it liked it
-I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

Black and White, by Nick Wilford, is a light-hearted dystopian about fighting for what’s right and not just following the crowd.

Whitopolis is an elitist, wealthy society where Wellesbury lives out every parent’s dream; he’s respectful, maintains good grades, and is a great athlete. When word gets out that a “demon” has infiltrated to Whitopolis, covered in demonic substances like “dirt” and “mud”, out of curiosity, Wellesbury visit
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
I was intrigued by the premise of Black & White – what price do we have to pay for a perfect society? Wilford answered this question in a very creative way, creating two contrasting worlds – one a seemingly perfect utopia, the other a horrifying dystopia. The main character, a boy named Wellesbury Noon, lives happily in his utopian society, free from disease, hunger and hardship, until the mysterious arrival of a dirty, disheveled and frightening-looking boy, Mallinger, whom the government label ...more
Sherry Ellis
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Whitopolis is the perfect city. No diseases. No death. No dirt. Everyone is happy. Wellesbury, the protagonist, is a kid who lives there. Life goes along smoothly until a really messed up kid named Mallinger shows up. He's dirty, diseased, and dying. He comes from a city called Fusterberry. Of course the government of Whitopolis can't have such an imperfection living among them, so they lock him away. Only Wellesbury and his friend, Esmerelda want to help. In the process, they challenge the gove ...more
Amy Shannon
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Remarkable read

There is a price for perfection, but who wants that anyway? It's a remarkable story that fits right in with the dystopian genre, and turns it on its ear. It's well written, and a well thought out plot. There is something about a perfect society, and it's far from perfect. Wellesbury is a deep, complex character and when he encounters Ezmeralda, things definitely change. Filled with plot twists and turns, this book is worth the read.
Debra Barstad
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can you imagine a world with no pain or suffering? Sounds nice but what about having to give up colors, dirt, trees and real food. If you live in a world with no pain or suffering you also will miss out on life as you know it. In this book that is just what happens. I really liked this book even thou it seemed to start off slow but it picks up and and than you can't put it down. ...more
Lynda Dietz
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this version of "dystopia via perfection." Those in power know the truth about what lies beyond their borders but are unwilling to share that truth with those who need it the most.

I won't provide any spoilers, but will say that Wilford has a great imagination, and decent world-building skills. I would have enjoyed a little more depth and development in some of the characters, but seeing as how this is the first book in a series, there's room to grow.
Aug 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
Dystopian fiction be a fascinating genre, a look into what our world could be like if one thing goes wrong or if a chain of events leads to a horrific outcome. Young Adult Dystopian novels have been popular for a long time and while they're not my favorite, I thought I'd give more titles from the genre a chance. 

Black & White was not the good first step I had hoped it would be for several reasons, starting with the characters.

Ezmerelda, one of the main characters, felt like a bit of a smarmy per
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
*** I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review which in no way impacted my opinions of the book ***

This book and I didn't really get on. I never really got into the plot and I struggled to connect with the characters. I just felt like there was a depth of emotion in them that was lacking. It took me nearly 2 months to read this book which for me is a long time. Especially for the beginning of the book I never feel the pull to keep reading when I finished a chap
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

A fantastic new YA dystopian novel makes it’s way into the YA world in author Nick Wilford’s first novel in a planned trilogy, Black & White. Here’s the synopsis:

What is the price paid for the creation of a perfect society?

In Whitopolis, a gleamingly white city of the future where illness has been eradicated, shock waves run through the populace when a bedraggled, dirt-stricken boy materialises
Tony Parsons
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Whitopolis (futuristic white city). Wellesbury Noon (HS student)
Mayor Rosebury was going to have a talk with Mallinger (boy) who just kind of appeared out of nowhere.
Harmonia. Mrs. Noon (wife/mother) took 3 food trays out of the food production unite.
Mr. Custer Noon (husband/father) & Wellesbury Noon (16, son Magnificence HS student) were anxiously waiting for dinner.

There were no animal or plant life where they lived.
Wellesbury went to the Whitopolis Jail to see 1 of his friends.
L. S.
May 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Harmonia is the definition of quintessential dystopian futures. The government has a tight hold on everything the citizens do, right down to when they have free time. Everything is carefully controlled and regulated: theie disease-proof, pain-free bodies, their waste and tears, their media. However, the appearance of one little boy threatens to unravel all that the government worked for.

I really felt like this novel did really well in creating a dystopian future. It differed from other novels in
J.R. Schuyler
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Black & White” is a fast-paced and unique dystopian novel.

The world-building in this story is really good. Even in the opening pages, I got a sense of the world very quickly, and it felt like it could be a real place (even though it’s wildly different from the real world). I really liked the idea of grav-ball, and I think it would be fun to play. That said, there were some elements that sounded very unpleasant, like the re-education camps. That made me glad I didn’t live in a place like Whitop
Carrie Westmoreland Kurtz
I liked this book. I didn't love it, didn't hate it, I just liked it. Black and White is a good book. The idea of a place that is so clean and pristine that the word 'dirt' is pretty much foreign to the people is an interesting concept. It could have been great, actually.

Unfortunately, this book just kind of fell a bit flat for me. I'm not completely sure what it was that I didn't love about it. I hate that I can't pinpoint the exact thing that made it 'not the greatest' but I just can't.

The cha
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5 Stars

If you would like to see all my thoughts on this book, be sure to check out the review on my blog:

But here is a snippet and overview of what I thought:

Overall, I was hoping to love or even to just enjoy this book. Unfortunately, I found the book to be boring and underwhelming. The writing had no smooth flow to it, the plot was slow and the characters were unsubstantiated. I wished I had liked the book but fate seemed to have a different idea. Thank you
Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: YA dystopia
An ebook of this novel was given to me by the author in return for an honest review.

I, a 34 year old, am probably not the target audience for this novel; I still enjoyed it. Interesting world concept, sympathetic main characters and a decent plot. It just felt a little...hollow, not fleshed out enough. There wasn't enough description of Whitopolis for me to imagine it

Full review available from 18th September 2017 on my blog
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
This story has so much potential. It bugs me, to the brink of almost being mad at myself, that I didn't like this book. Because of the idea behind it, the themes, the entire concept, just screams to be let out for the world to see. I really, really hope that someday it's going to happen.

Full Review:
I loved the concept of the story, but as for the dialogue, the world building (or lack there of) & the character development was sorely lacking.
I keep wondering if the dialogue is meant to be that stuff & awkward & completely unnatural because of the world they live in? I have no idea because JD was never explained!
But give this book a chance, not everyone enjoys the same things, & I am holding out hope that the 2nd book is much better! 🤞🏻🤞🏻
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
Imagine living in a world where there was no dirt, dust, mud, germs, illness or diseases, a world where everything is white from the walls to the floors to the ceiling and all clothing and shoes are all white as well, a world that is devoid of color.

Imagine living in this perfect world where disease and dirt does not exist and then seeing a boy appear in the middle of the street out of nowhere and this boy has this brown stuff all over his body and his clothes are ragged and torn.

This boy expl
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Nick Wilford is a writer and stay-at-home dad. Once a journalist, he now makes use of those early morning times when the house is quiet to explore the realms of fiction, with a little freelance editing and formatting thrown in. When not working he can usually be found spending time with his family or cleaning something. He is the author of A Change of Mind and Other Stories, a collection featuring ...more

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