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Double Cross

(Noughts and Crosses #4)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  9,215 ratings  ·  278 reviews
Tobey wants a better life - for him and his girlfriend Callie Rose. He wants nothing to do with the gangs that rule the world he lives in. But when he's offered the chance to earn some money just for making a few 'deliveries', just this once, would it hurt to say 'yes'?

The captivating conclusion/companion Novel of the Noughts and Crosses series.
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published November 6th 2009 by Doubleday Childrens (first published November 6th 2008)
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Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book but I think the series should have ended on the last book as this one seemed pretty unnecessary and didn't add much to the overall series.Double Cross was definitely good but it was my least favourite out of the series as it follows a pretty irrelevant character,Callie's best friend,Tobey.

I did enjoy the story but I feel it would have been better as a stand alone and not associated with the series.The book was still fantastic as Malorie creates an amazing story again while st
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 contro ...more
Rosanna Threakall
This is the best series I have ever read.


I loved all the characters, especially Callum and Tobey.

So glad I marathoned it and I would recommend it to anyone.

It's so gripping, hard-hitting, action packed and I became obsessed.

Bye bye noughts and crosses :( <3
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May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thoughts to come
Jun 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Having been a HUGE fan of the "Noughts and Crosses" series, I was somewhat anxious about this fourth novel. The third book had drawn everything to a nice close, and to be honest, I couldn't really see where the characters could be taken now.
Luckily, my doubts were unfounded. What was especially nice about this book was that it draw away from the Callum/Sephy storyline and created a whole new story based on the relationship between Callie and Toby, whilst still referring back to the original an
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016

This book took me the longest time to read and I stuck it out because I absolutely devoured the first three books in this quartet but as it seemed to me while I was reading this, it really was a waste of my time.

This book follows a character who is completely irrelevant in the rest of the books and his story was very uninteresting and didn't leave me with anything.

I hear this book was an afterthought anyway and this series was originally going to be the first three books which is how I choo
Anne Osterlund
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Toby is in love with his best friend, Callie. Which is more than enough to deal with for your average hot-blooded teenage guy. But in Meadowbrook, there’s a lot more in the picture. Like the racial turf war being fought by the two kingpins who are busy holding everyone down. And the corrupt cops who no one can trust, especially when you’re a nought like Toby. And like Dan, Toby’s childhood friend who asks for help delivering a package. An assignment Toby knows he shouldn’t accept.

What he has no
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Suzanne (winterscribbler) Cole
Ok so SPOILERS obviously...
Avert eyes now!!!

I miss him ... that's all I really have to say, (you know who I mean or maybe you don't) and every time his name was mentioned it was like the wound was opened again. So I think his death at the end of the last book was perfect, devastating but perfect for the character and clearly the end he was always running towards. But in the early stages of 'Double Cross' I began to have a small feeling of doubt, could he have survived, somehow I couldn't complet
May 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-ever
When I heard about this book coming out I went crazy. I looked everywhere for spoilers (something I am telling you NEVER DO), and all I found out was that it was going to involve drugs and gangs. I waited months for it to come out, and read it in two days (which involved my English teacher threatening to convincate it because I stayed up to midnight reading XD). And it didn't disappoint. It was as fantastic as all the rest.

In many ways it was more like Noughts and Crosses than Checkmate and Knif
Apr 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Double Cross gave me the teen-romance I'd been missing on in Knife Edge and Checkmate. Tobey and Callie, now grown up, have to deal with the same hardships Callum and Sephy had to deal with back in Noughts and Crosses. And Callie still has to deal from the fact that she isn't one-sided, a Nought or a Cross, she is somewhere in the middle. Tobey, who I loved since we first met him, gets pulled into the world he vowed he would never be involved him. He fights to prove that he will find a way out a ...more
May 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
I still found this book gripping but feel it lacked the whole theme running through the other books. It didn't have the same focus on noughts and crosses and the fight for equality as the others did. It barely mentioned it in some cases.

Still thrilling but I don't feel like it should have ended the way that it did.
Carolyn  Storer
This is the fourth installment in the Noughts & Crosses series which focuses mainly on Tobey and his relationship with Callie and how he gets mixed up with the wrong people without really wanting to. There is no Liberation Militia in this book, only two rival gangs with Tobey in the middle. It shows how money, or the lack of it, can be the motivation for good kids to do bad things.

Most of it is written through the eyes of Tobey and although we do get to hear Callie Rose at the very beginning
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book finalises the Noughts and Crosses series. I think many people don’t realise that this book does have four instalments and that’s because Checkmate seemingly wraps up the story. I don’t think it’s an essential read to ‘finish’ the Noughts and Crosses series, but I think it is an excellent addition to a very well written series.

You won’t come across Callum and Sephy’s relationship in this story. Sephy is included, of course, but Double Cross follows Tobey and Callie Rose. Tobey dives int
Jul 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Not as exciting as the original trilogy but it's still a great fast-paced action book.
If this had been a stand alone novel I'd have given it four stars. I'm taking away a star because it's an unnecessary part of the series. Full review in the next few days.


To read my pre read thoughts and reasons for rating please visit my blog From the Shadows I Review

Well, this is a hard one to review. Partly because I feel that this book is good and partly because I feel that being part of the ‘Noughts and Crosses’ series ruins it. I mean ruins because it didn’t have to be, this b
Dec 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
This is the worst yet! Completely off topic, it hasn't got to do with anything!!! it now drones on a bit, clever boy but boring almost definitely. This book is like an over dose of sleeping beauty. The main character is sleeping the whole entire book and the prince is left to save her, only the fairies have left him locked up for a couple of years, leaving him to sit there doing nothing.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, series
This review assumes that you have read all the previous books in the series, and thus will contain spoilers with regard to those stories.

This fourth book in the slightly misnamed trilogy picks up shortly after the explosion that ended Checkmate, and Callie Rose is working through the trauma and guilt based on that. Unfortunately, I didn't find that to be quite enough to hang the novel on, and my attention drifted between annoyance at the stupid choices one of the characters made, and impatience
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
A very good book. I wasn't too sure whether I actually liked this book because up until 3/4 of the way through, the events were dramatic but you didn't necessarily need to read the book. I was mostly confused as to why I needed to read this as the ending for Checkmate left everything on good terms however, I now regret thinkin this and I am very glad that I have read it. I stood corrected at the end as the ending was imperfectly perfect with a dramatic ending which could well lead into another b ...more
Tasfia Rahman
Sep 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A magnificent finale! I thought that Double Cross will be quite like Noughts & Crosses, & Tobey & Callie's story will be like Callum & Sephy's, but it wasn't. It has it's own twist to it, and best of all it didn't end in despair. Tobey & Callie's love story was successful, it didn't end in a tragic note like how Callum & Sephy's did, and I salute Malorie Blackman for that. Readers were very unhappy with the tragic events that had happened in the first 3 books, then Callie ...more
Aimee Bates
Feb 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
3.5 Stars

I started reading this series a couple of years ago and only in the last month or so decided to pick the last 2 books up and actually finish a series for once. And I'm really really glad that I did.

Although the last 2 books to this series probably aren't my favourites, I feel that the conclusion to them was everything I wanted and definitely made me realise I was more connected to the characters than I thought.

I think that if I'd carried on reading the books in a closer concession I pro
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
The book wasn’t actually very good in my opinion. I mean I enjoyed the series but I felt it dragged on a lot and included irrelevant characters. Although Malorie is an incredible writing I couldn’t seem to get into this book and found it harder to read compared to the first 3.
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
So, Blackman should have ended as she had planned, and left it at Checkmate. This one was completely out of character with the rest and came off sort of weak.
In the first three books, no one was safe, and that got worse along the way until some sort of peace was found. In this, Blackman succumbed to the ways of Hollywood and their happy ever after loving endings.

Can't say that I'm not disappointed.
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I can't believe one of my favourite series of books are over. However I am slightly disappointed with the last book. I personally believe that Blackman had a fantastic end to the third book and that the fourth book was simply unnecessary. I can't say I didn't enjoy it but sometimes authors need to know to stop whilst you're ahead. Did I love it as much as the others? No. Did it ruin the series for me? No. Was it really needed? No again.
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read this book years ago and had it on Goodreads, but for some reason Goodreads isn't showing it.
Dominic Hughes
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This my favourite series of books ever
L'Amour de Livres
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing

"Was that all love did for you? Made you give up and give in? Left you open to pain and hurt?"

It was a bleak October and I had been in search of something that could satisfy my needs for a good, engaging book series. It was during that month that I found the Noughts & Crosses quartet lined up neatly on the shelves of my local library. Ah, to be young and in love. That was how I felt reading this series. Opening the front cover of the book revealed that I was the first to have borrowed the se
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Like the other books of the series, this one was really good. Once you've read the first three books, you would think that the same moral of the story would get a bit repetitive and boring but it was really interesting to see the characters from the previous books grow and change. In this book, Tobey (who is the best friend of Callie Rose) gets into illegal business with a gang in his neighbourhood and he lies to his friends and family about it. When Callie wakes up from her coma- after she had ...more
Jul 04, 2018 rated it liked it
*warning this is just going to be a spew of random thoughts because its 1 am and i cant coherently write a review*
This book was definitely not as good as the others, totally unnecessary and did not add much to the whole series. I didnt like Tobey as a character and the things he did just didnt make sense. I was also really disappointed that this book barely focused on race and racism and the other important messages throughout the series. This would have worked better as a novella or companion
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another great read. I felt for me this book was completely separate from the others and really the original story ended in book 3. This was more like a novella for me. I still loved it though and I enjoyed that this was about Tobey so it introduced a new character that i got to know about with the other characters mingled around him. I'm really hoping that she will write more with the characters in this series and maybe do some more individual people but the main characters intertwined around th ...more
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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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Other books in the series

Noughts and Crosses (5 books)
  • Noughts & Crosses (Noughts & Crosses, #1)
  • Knife Edge (Noughts & Crosses, #2)
  • Checkmate (Noughts & Crosses, #3)
  • Crossfire (Noughts & Crosses, #5)
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