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(Noughts and Crosses #5)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  248 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Malorie Blackman is publishing a fifth book in her Noughts & Crosses series, inspired by Brexit, Trump and the rise of the far-right in Europe.

Crossfire, which will be published next summer by Penguin Random House Children’s, is set several years after the end of the fourth book in the series, Double Cross, and features many of the same characters, including Sephy and
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published July 4th 2019 by Penguin Random House Children's
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Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the fifth addition to the brilliant Noughts and Crosses series by Malorie Blackman, the latest book echoes and reverberates with the chilling and turbulent state of the world today, particularly that of the US, Britain and Europe. We are thrown back into the lives of familiar characters such as the lawyer Callie and the political ascent of the ambitious Tobey Durbridge, and new characters in the shape of the latest generation with the young teens, Libby, with her troubled and impoverishe ...more
Charlotte May
Mar 25, 2019 marked it as to-read
Not sure how I feel about a fifth book - I thought that even the fourth book was pushing it....

Imma still read it though. Imma still read it.
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites

As a reader I usually take away something from books I love: sometimes it is the amazing use of language, other times its characters so vivid you want to become their friends, love stories so encompassing you want to marry them (ah!) or a message so resonating that you squeal in recognition: yes this! This is how I feel too.
The Nought and Crosses saga (which I think we can totally go there now with three generations of both) is one of those storie
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
I was 15 the first time I had my heart broken by Noughts & Crosses...and then again at 21 when I reread the series having forgotten some major spoilers! Having loved this series so fiercely growing up, I was thrilled to hear about the release of Crossfire and have the chance to return to the Noughts & Crosses world.

Despite being (a lot) older and (not much) wiser, I found myself being easily swept back into the series as if we’d never been apart. As always, Malorie Blackman’s writing is
Natalie Clark
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Great book but loses several stars for not being finished
Megan Jones
Aug 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Years have passed since the love between Sephy - a Cross - and Callum - a Nought - destroyed their world and changed their families and society forever. Society appears to be very different now. For the first time ever, a Nought Prime Minister - Tobey Durbridge - is in power. Race and class don't divide people anymore. But things are never really that easy. Because Tobey's just been framed for murder, and the only way to free himself is to turn to his oldest friend - Callie-Rose. Their families ...more
Karen Barber
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I still recall the excitement I felt when I first picked up Noughts and Crosses. Five books in, some familiar faces, and it still had me gripped. Thank you to NetGalley for allowing me to read this before publication.
Crossfire focuses on some pretty hard-hitting events while also allowing us to get a little closer to our characters.
We have Callie, now 30, a lawyer preparing to be a judge. She still regrets her behaviour as a teenager when she let jealousy get the better of her. Her feelings for
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading the original Noughts and Crosses trilogy when I was younger, naturally I was eager to read Crossfire and received it yesterday after I pre-ordered it.
I tore through Crossfire in a few hours. Although many characters from the previous novels play prominent roles, such as Callie Rose, Tobey and Sephy, this novel focuses on a third generation of characters, with the introduction of Troy and Libby, making this very readable to those who either know nothing of the series or have simpl
Sophie The Small
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crossfire is the fifth book in the Noughts and Crosses series. I would recommend reading the other books in the series before this.

Malorie Blacman's alternate society is the most realistic. It is truly eye opening and really makes you sit back and think.

Crossfire is very important and relevant to our current world. Like The Hate U Give it speaks out to it's audience.

I do recommend reading the other books first though. Crossfire ends with a cliffhanger which means Noughts and Crosses is going to
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've never read any of the Noughts and Crosses series of books, so when Crossfire came across my desk, I wasn't sure what I'd make of it. Aimed at young adults, written by former Children's Laurate Malorie Blackman, the book is set in a dystopian world with a divided society. The Noughts, the oppressed, and the Crosses, the oppressors, now live side by side, schools are mixed, and a Nought has become Prime Minister. But the rifts remain and racism is still prevalent. Race relations as we know it ...more
Aug 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Noughts and Crosses stans (if they really want to) but noone else
I was excited to read this when it first came out, but once I finished it, I found myself disappointed.

Let me focus on the positive first, the book was gripping and I found myself wanting to read more but I still got bored at times. Sephy's character returned again for another book and I really enjoyed seeing her mature throughout the books. This edition portrays Sephy in her fifties and reading about her growing as a person throughout the series is lovely and give's me nostalgia to when I was
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As Noughts and Crosses is one of my all time favourite YA series I was very excited when I heard Malorie Blackman was continuing the story. It was wonderful to encounter well known characters from earlier books and to find out what had happened in their lives. The series has always been exciting and thought provoking but this particular book mirrors problems in society even more , making it sadly relatable to real life. A powerful, fast paced story with a cliff hanger ending that will shock you ...more
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The original Noughts and Crosses series remains one of my favourites and so I was very excited for Crossfire. I raced through it and loved the old characters and new. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about the ending. I was so into the story line and then it felt like it stopped so abruptly. But the good thing is that there is going to be another one! Malorie Blackman is an amazing author and everyone should read her books!
Ruby Simmons
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I need the next book now please. Hell of a cliffhanger!
Sep 02, 2019 rated it liked it
I would have preferred to wait for the completed full novel, as opposed to the first half of one....
Alfie Rowland
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5* review coming soon
Melanie Thomas
Jul 26, 2019 rated it liked it
I was excited to read this as I've loved all the previous Noughts and Crosses books. It was good to see the return of familiar characters and to get to know new ones. I liked the way that Libby and Troy's situation was set up before going back in flashback to see the build up to that point. This continued with other plot lines, with the history of Tobey and Callie-Rose's relationship being examined, and was an effective device.

I wasn't expecting a cliff-hanger ending and it did leave me feeling
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Crossfire" was a nice continuation to the series, and it felt deep without being preachy, and insightful where other books might be superficial. I picked it up at the library upon seeing the cover, and then realised, "oh! I used to read these books!" The same joy and intrigue I felt at the first four books was repeated, and aside from some minor annoyances this book felt gripping and exciting!

After years of not reading the books, I found it easy to slot back into where all the characters were (
Elli (Kindig Blog)
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
With the first Nought Prime Minister about to be elected, tensions are running high in the Noughts and Crosses world. However, what secrets will some hide to stay in power and at what cost?

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman was one of the most iconic books I read as a young adult; it was one of those books made an impression that has stuck with me for a long time. When I saw a chance to review the ARC of Crossfire, the latest book in the series, I jumped at the chance and was really excited
Pam Sartain
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crossfire by Malorie Blackman is the fifth book in the Noughts and Crosses series. I had heard of Noughts and Crosses before, and so read it, and the second book Knife Edge, before reading Crossfire.

Which does mean I haven't read books 3 and 4. I figured I would see how much I was missing out on the story in this fifth book, and it turns out I was missing quite a lot!

When asked why she wrote Noughts and Crosses Malorie Blackman has said on her website:

There wasn’t any one thing. It grew out of a
My thanks to Penguin Random House U.K. Children’s for an eARC via NetGalley of Malorie Blackman’s ‘Crossfire’ in exchange for an honest review.

This is the fifth novel in Blackman’s highly acclaimed Noughts & Crosses series. Aside from the text of ‘Crossfire’ my eARC also contained her 2019 short story, ‘Nought Forever’.

This YA series began in 2001 and features a dystopian alternative history in which a deeply segregated society exists with the crosses (dark-skinned people) as the ruling cla
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to NetGalley and Random House for the ARC of this book.

I loved the first few books in the Noughts and Crosses series, especially the first. However, after reading this, I wish that Malorie Blackman had stopped after the initial trilogy. I was really disappointed.

I did not realise when I started reading this book that it was part of a new series rather than a standalone book, if I had known, I may have paused before reading this. It does the most frustrating thing that books in a series ca
Deborah McFarlane
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have just finished this fifth instalment of the Noughts and Crosses series and felt like I was hooked to live wires all the way through. Compared to how I processed the very first book at a young age, this was quite different. Almost direct references to current political crises and the Windrush scandal made the story all the more immersive and held up a mirror to the times we live in right now. I felt far less surprised at the story’s events than I had been with similar ones 15 years ago, whi ...more
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.75 Stars!

I’m so incredibly conflicted about this book - it was one of my most anticipated reads of the year, and for the most part it delivered. The problem for me was this it was quite inconsistent.

Let’s start with what I loved. The entire book had me gripped from start to finish, as I was expecting. Malorie Blackman certainly knows how to write a compelling novel, that’s for sure. I thought the first half especially was very well executed, introducing us to Troy and Libby through their cur
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the latest in the iconic Noughts and Crosses series, and it doesn’t disappoint.

It starts about 18 years after the previous book, Double Cross, and introduces some new characters, Troy and Libby, students who are vying to be head student at their school.

They are linked to Sephy, Callie and Tobey, although how is not initially clear.

A lot has happened in this time – Brexit, immigration crisis, Windrush, and these issues are all addressed in an intelligent and sympathetic fashion.

But its n
Megan ♠︎ 읽어요 ♠︎ Michaels
(Review copied from review which I wrote yesterday because the average rating for this book was really low and needed balancing out😑)

Is it as good as the original Noughts & Crosses series? No. But then I'm not the target age for that series either now, compared with when I read them originally, so if I read back over them now, I'd probably feel the writing wasn't as sophisticated as I thought. But is it good? Yes. I always imagined N&C set in an alternate universe but wit
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I binged read all of the Noughts and Crosses book after receiving an ARC of Crossfire. Whilst none of them live up to the mastery of Noughts and Crosses itself, each one brings new depth, characters and excitment, and for me Crossfire was no different.

Despite having moved on generations it's wonderful to still follow the lives of the original characters from the books; however many decades later. In Crossfire we follow Tobey and Callie, who we got to know more in Double Edge as adults whose live
Rachel Myers
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having enjoyed the emotional rollercoaster of Mallory Blackman’s earlier books in the Noughts and Crosses series, I was both excited and apprehensive about reading this new instalment. Could it live up to previous standards and would I still feel as involved with the characters? I needn’t have worried - Crossfire had all the elements to make it a gripping read.

Following four main characters - Callie Rose and her school friend Tobey Durbridge, now adults, and Callie’s half brother Troy and his sc
Linda Donson
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Can't believe how much I've missed this series! Blackman still has all the tricks up her sleeve. This continuation is a bit to the others having two alternate timelines which intersect towards the end, which gives lots of twists and turns. Although it was quite confusing at the beginning trying to piece together how long since the events of the last book and how the characters have evolved. I love the continuation of Callie rose and Tobey in this book and also they don't leave Sephy out, whilst ...more
Meg Hands
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ - The 5th instalment in the noughts and crosses series was a book I never anticipated. I did delay in reading crossfire as I was unsure as to whether it would meet my expectations. However, once again Blackman shocked me.
I loved how the lives of the third generation (Libby and Troy) were intwined with the lives of some of the more original characters such as Sephy Hadley. Also, the mention of self harm through the story of Libby Jackman was a powerful image, which linked very well to the
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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
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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)
  • Double Cross (Noughts & Crosses, #4)