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(Noughts and Crosses #5)

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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
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published July 4th 2019 by Penguin Random House Children's
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Louise Emerson I would start with the first book and carry on in order. I think you would get lost and not understand it otherwise.

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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 ...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 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
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
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
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
Nov 03, 2019 added it
Sad to say it’s a DNF for me. Made it to page 137 and I’m just not interested or invested in the characters or the story...I know she felt she wanted to write another book coz of the political climate but I just don’t think it was necessary to continue to Noughts and Crosses series...

Also I heard this book ends on a cliffhanger so there’ll be more to come.

I’m looking forward to the TV show tho..that better be good!

Try it for yourself but I guess it just wasn’t for me
Karen Barber
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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
Sophie The Small
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: authors-of-color
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
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
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!
Sep 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Noughts & Crosses remains one of my favourite Young Adult series of novels of all time, and I think Malorie Blackman is one of our most needed voices in teenage fiction in Britain. So I was beyond excited when it was announced she was revisiting the quartet with a new novel.

But this did not meet my admittedly high expectations. The story focuses on Troy, Sephy's son and Callie-Rose's half-brother and Libby, Troy's much-loathed classmate who was bought up in poverty. However, when the two
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
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
Megan ☾ Michaels
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
(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 with
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Noughts & Crosses changed my life as a child, it was moving, educational and all round a really entertaining book. I read all the subsequent books growing up, so it was a strange feeling to return to that world as an adult. Generally speaking I found it really entertaining, there were plenty of twists and turns, and pretty much everything was a mystery waiting to be solved. Malorie's writing has always been very easy to read, and this was no exception. I loved the parallels that run along ...more
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
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved the Noughts and Crosses books when I was a teenager and this fifth installment did not disappoint (even if I did have to cast my mind back a bit to remember some of the backstory!) Malorie Blackman is an amazing writer and I am pleased to see there's more to come by the looks of that cliffhanger...
Ruby Simmons
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I need the next book now please. Hell of a cliffhanger!
Alfie Rowland
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5* review coming soon
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was one of my favourite series when I was a kid, and I found I still cared about the characters reading the new book. I found the writing style, however, grating - overblown and overly dramatic. The issues Blackman's continuing to explore are pressing and compelling, but the style in which they're narrated is really distracting as an adult reader; everyone sounds like a stroppy teenager, from the actual stroppy teenagers to the Prime Minister.
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
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, ...more
Nov 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopian
EDIT: 24/11/2019: I'm still heartbroken over Callum. I can't. The way Malorie Blackman wrote her previous cast of characters was everything. They felt so real to me. I think she can go further in her next book to make this new cast of characters just as real to us-they're too undeveloped right now for this to be as good as the other books.


A solid read but too many hanging threads and undeveloped, unlikable characters for it to be as enjoyable as the other books. This read more like a
Ted Ryan
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Malorie Blackman does it yet again, “Crossfire” is a superbly written novel with excellent characterisation and narrative structure - this book stands out both on its own merits and as a continuation of the Noughts & Crosses series. As always, Blackman addresses quite hard-hitting and real issues, which is something that has always made this series so grounded in reality. Focusing on the third generation, we now see Callie Rose as a high end lawyer and Tobey as the first ever Nought Prime ...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
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)
  • Checkmate (Noughts & Crosses, #3)
  • Double Cross (Noughts & Crosses, #4)
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