A Book of Love

‘Life is meaningless only if we allow it to be. Each of us has the power to give life meaning, to make out time and our bodies and our words into instruments of love and hope.’

‘Why love if losing hurts so much? We love to know that we are not alone.’

‘Radical superiority is a mere pigment of the imagination.’

Sephy is a Cross – a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. Callum is a nought – a ‘colourless’ member of the underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses.

The two have been friends since early childhood. But that’s as far as it can go. Until the first steps are taken towards more social equality and a limited number of Noughts are allowed into Cross schools… Against a background of prejudice and distrust, intensely highlighted by violent terrorist activity by Noughts, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum – a romance that is to lead both of them into terrible danger…

 


247 reviews for “Noughts & Crosses

  1. Christmas Day has come and gone and I’m already half-way through Checkmate! I have never felt the way I have to any other book the way I’ve felt to this series. I cried at the end of Noughts and Crosses! And I don’t cry when reading. I just feel so much for the characters and how they’re trying to shape their own lives. But I honestly don’t know how much more I can take. I might have to take a break, because I can’t stop thinking about it, these books are so emotional and have highlighted so many genres and issues in the real world that I just can’t believe a writer as good as you exists. They are the best books I’ve ever read, they’ve made me joyous, broken, and at some points utterly depressed me for days, and I always have to know the ending. Thank you Malorie, for this trilogy has honestly shaped my views and inspired me, but I really do hope that the ending for Checkmate isn’t too sad. I don’t know if I’ll be able to bear it! Keep writing forever!

  2. It is brilliant! We read this book as a class topic at school in English lessons. I was so interested and excited to read the other books in the series that I bought them with my school lunch money, and had something very little for lunch.

  3. I’m a french girl so sorry for my english.
    I very love this book and i just want to say “thank you” to the wrtiter because i think it’s important to think about racism and invert our look about racism in generaly and about segragation in USA.
    I think too everybody must read this book to be more open minded.
    And just one thing : i cried my eyes out at the end of the book…

  4. I sincerely believe that all young people should read this book. I believe that it will be one of my favourite books for the whole of my lifetime, even when I’m an adult and that I’ll re-read it several times. It filled me with such a variety of emotions, the whole trilogy of books in fact made me cry, with sadness and happiness, many times and I think that you, Malorie, are so incredibly talented. Thank you, thank you, thank you for writing the Noughts & Crosses trilogy,I hope you know how wonderful all of the books are.

  5. WOW!! Malorie ur the greatest.
    I love ur book and plzzz make a funniest book ever plz coz i’ve read all of ur books.
    GOOD LUCK FOR THE FUTURE

  6. plzz make a movie for noughts and crosses where callum dies and sephy has a baby.
    please make a video on that.
    thank you

  7. I am begging u to make a movie! It would be a total hit! U can do it malorie just like Suzzane Collins with The Hunger Games did and JK Rowling with Harry Potter! This amazing story has huge potential to be a movie! Hope it happens soon! Btw love all of your books Malorie!

  8. One of the best books I’ve ever read, hands down. Would recommend this to anyone, specifically people ages 12+.

  9. The noughts and crosses series are the best books I have ever read! Couldnt put them down! You are the best author ever malorie!

  10. Hello,
    we are a class in The Netherlands and we all read the book with our teacher. We are all very positive about the book and especially the end because it is very sad. In class we discussed racism, segregation and civil rights with your book.
    Greetings from The Netherlands

  11. This should seriously be made into a film, it would be so amazing! I cried so many times whilst reading it and it’s totally awesome! Make it into a film =D

  12. WOW!i love this book!an emotional roller coaster. from laughter to tears deffinately going to share this book amoungst friends

  13. Loooove it am reading it and it is soooooooooooo gripping I really want it to be turned into a movie maybe it would be better the the hunger games !!!!!

  14. Please Malorie make raise a movie out of this! The books were sensational, let all emotions out of me. Visualising yourself by reading the book is always a unique, special way which is personal to each of us. Yet making this book a movie would increase the knowledge of the phenomenal Noughts and Crosses Series. I really hope you will push the idea of making a movie out of your amazing books! Imagine how big they can become. Think: Harry Potter, Hunger Games etc… Your idea is not just a typical scenario, it is well thought out and highly original. It is not just a typical love story, this is an in depth adventure of people who are fighting a way to change the system. Excellent work and I really do hope there will be a movie to look forward to. I have read all the books now, just finished, I have never been so emotional over a book before. This by far has to be the best book I have read which releases mixed emotions. I love these books! Reading the last page made me realise how much I craved for more. I thought reading another book would change this, yet I cannot find one which puts me on edge and feel raw feelings. Thanks.

  15. i just decided to read your noughts and crosses..i was totally attracted to the synopsis of this book. im willing to give a lot of time for this book.godbless!!!

  16. this book was amazing i have read the series 5 times and i still cant get over how good they are this book this definitely one of my favorite books!!! i love you Malorie thank you !!!

  17. this is definitely the best book ever! As an emotional person, this book made me cry. Very touching
    Thanks

  18. I am reading noughts and crosses as all my friends says I should read malorie Blackman book and I would like to say these books are amazing and I can never put this book down.thx Malorie for making amazing books for kids to read.

  19. Oh my….. I just finished reading noughts an crosses and I am literally crying every time I think about it. It’s so crazy how one point your laughing so much then the next your crying SO much I can’t even express what I want to say about that book in words I just…. Wow malorie you have talent! That’s is the best book I have ever tea and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. What about a movie?

  20. Mrs Blackman, I love this book so much, could you make a film out of it please??? That would be awesome!

  21. This book was so amazing I could not put it down. Every page I turned was more interesting than the other. I defiantly recommend this book, it is so good it should be made into a film. It was a very powerful story which left me in tears. Can’t wait to read the next ones.

  22. This book is by far the best I have ever read in my entire life. When I bought it I was worried it would be too long to finish but it was so gripping that I read it in three days! I would recommend i to anybody who likes a thrilling and rebellious book!

  23. Oh my god i just finished reading this book today and i was soo sad because calum died and that i finished reading it.But seriously i couldnt keep my hands of this book i always read its at school and at home.Im nw going to get knifes edge..I loved all the drama in it and i always wanted to read on to the next page.Keep on making more noughts and crosses books xx

  24. I LOVE this book it’s my favourite book and it is the best book series you should turn it into a movie it would be better than twilight and Harry potter

  25. What a great book and the rest of the series is brilliant as well. I loved the series so much it took me about a month or 2 to read it I couldn’t put any of the books down.

  26. This is an amazing book and It was really enjoyable. It was really good and I always wanted to read on the book gave lots of cliff hangers and it was a shame that…

  27. Noughts & Crosses
    A Book of Love

    ‘Life is meaningless only if we allow it to be. Each of us has the power to give life meaning, to make out time and our bodies and our words into instruments of love and hope.’

    ‘Why love if losing hurts so much? We love to know that we are not alone.’

    ‘Radical superiority is a mere pigment of the imagination.’

    Sephy is a Cross – a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. Callum is a nought – a ‘colourless’ member of the underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses.

    The two have been friends since early childhood. But that’s as far as it can go. Until the first steps are taken towards more social equality and a limited number of Noughts are allowed into Cross schools… Against a background of prejudice and distrust, intensely highlighted by violent terrorist activity by Noughts, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum – a romance that is to lead both of them into terrible danger…

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    Hannah Says…
    this book was amazing i have read the series 5 times and i still cant get over how good they are this book this definitely one of my favorite books!!! i love you Malorie thank you !!!

    Posted on March 31st, 2014 at 9:01 am
    Karen- Ann Says…
    i just decided to read your noughts and crosses..i was totally attracted to the synopsis of this book. im willing to give a lot of time for this book.godbless!!!

    Posted on March 30th, 2014 at 9:57 am
    Zay… Says…
    Please Malorie make raise a movie out of this! The books were sensational, let all emotions out of me. Visualising yourself by reading the book is always a unique, special way which is personal to each of us. Yet making this book a movie would increase the knowledge of the phenomenal Noughts and Crosses Series. I really hope you will push the idea of making a movie out of your amazing books! Imagine how big they can become. Think: Harry Potter, Hunger Games etc… Your idea is not just a typical scenario, it is well thought out and highly original. It is not just a typical love story, this is an in depth adventure of people who are fighting a way to change the system. Excellent work and I really do hope there will be a movie to look forward to. I have read all the books now, just finished, I have never been so emotional over a book before. This by far has to be the best book I have read which releases mixed emotions. I love these books! Reading the last page made me realise how much I craved for more. I thought reading another book would change this, yet I cannot find one which puts me on edge and feel raw feelings. Thanks.

    Posted on March 26th, 2014 at 12:10 pm
    Libby Says…
    Loooove it am reading it and it is soooooooooooo gripping I really want it to be turned into a movie maybe it would be better the the hunger games !!!!!

    Posted on March 20th, 2014 at 8:24 pm
    petrea Says…
    i love this book! such an emotional rollercoster from laughing to streaming tears. 10/10!!!!!

    Posted on March 17th, 2014 at 1:59 pm
    petrae Says…
    WOW!i love this book!an emotional roller coaster. from laughter to tears deffinately going to share this book amoungst friends

    Posted on March 17th, 2014 at 1:43 pm
    Summaiyah Ishaq Says…
    This should seriously be made into a film, it would be so amazing! I cried so many times whilst reading it and it’s totally awesome! Make it into a film =D

    Posted on March 5th, 2014 at 4:24 pm
    Merel Says…
    Hello,
    we are a class in The Netherlands and we all read the book with our teacher. We are all very positive about the book and especially the end because it is very sad. In class we discussed racism, segregation and civil rights with your book.
    Greetings from The Netherlands

    Posted on February 28th, 2014 at 10:56 am
    Ellie Says…
    The noughts and crosses series are the best books I have ever read! Couldnt put them down! You are the best author ever malorie!

    Posted on February 22nd, 2014 at 3:35 pm
    Samantha McCoy Says…
    One of the best books I’ve ever read, hands down. Would recommend this to anyone, specifically people ages 12+.

    Posted on February 19th, 2014 at 10:27 pm
    Rachel Says…
    I am begging u to make a movie! It would be a total hit! U can do it malorie just like Suzzane Collins with The Hunger Games did and JK Rowling with Harry Potter! This amazing story has huge potential to be a movie! Hope it happens soon! Btw love all of your books Malorie!

    Posted on February 16th, 2014 at 10:13 pm
    jasmin Says…
    plzz make a movie for noughts and crosses where callum dies and sephy has a baby.
    please make a video on that.
    thank you

    Posted on February 10th, 2014 at 3:39 pm
    kate Says…
    WOW!! Malorie ur the greatest.
    I love ur book and plzzz make a funniest book ever plz coz i’ve read all of ur books.
    GOOD LUCK FOR THE FUTURE

    Posted on February 10th, 2014 at 3:31 pm
    Layla Oakes Says…
    I sincerely believe that all young people should read this book. I believe that it will be one of my favourite books for the whole of my lifetime, even when I’m an adult and that I’ll re-read it several times. It filled me with such a variety of emotions, the whole trilogy of books in fact made me cry, with sadness and happiness, many times and I think that you, Malorie, are so incredibly talented. Thank you, thank you, thank you for writing the Noughts & Crosses trilogy,I hope you know how wonderful all of the books are.

    Posted on February 10th, 2014 at 12:46 am
    Lise Says…
    I’m a french girl so sorry for my english.
    I very love this book and i just want to say “thank you” to the wrtiter because i think it’s important to think about racism and invert our look about racism in generaly and about segragation in USA.
    I think too everybody must read this book to be more open minded.
    And just one thing : i cried my eyes out at the end of the book…

    Posted on February 3rd, 2014 at 5:19 pm
    amber Says…
    great book c put it downouldnt

    Posted on January 31st, 2014 at 1:29 pm
    Laura Cox Says…
    It is brilliant! We read this book as a class topic at school in English lessons. I was so interested and excited to read the other books in the series that I bought them with my school lunch money, and had something very little for lunch.

    Posted on January 25th, 2014 at 3:37 pm
    Izzy Kiznizzy Says…
    U need read this book , if you do not you will be seriously missing out on a lot

    Posted on January 23rd, 2014 at 10:58 am
    Sumaya Says…
    Awesome Book its a Must Read from me very Emotional and Visible My Mind

    Posted on January 18th, 2014 at 12:38 pm
    Jacob Says…
    Christmas Day has come and gone and I’m already half-way through Checkmate! I have never felt the way I have to any other book the way I’ve felt to this series. I cried at the end of Noughts and Crosses! And I don’t cry when reading. I just feel so much for the characters and how they’re trying to shape their own lives. But I honestly don’t know how much more I can take. I might have to take a break, because I can’t stop thinking about it, these books are so emotional and have highlighted so many genres and issues in the real world that I just can’t believe a writer as good as you exists. They are the best books I’ve ever read, they’ve made me joyous, broken, and at some points utterly depressed me for days, and I always have to know the ending. Thank you Malorie, for this trilogy has honestly shaped my views and inspired me, but I really do hope that the ending for Checkmate isn’t too sad. I don’t know if I’ll be able to bear it! Keep writing forever!

    Posted on January 12th, 2014 at 5:06 pm
    Ashley Smith Says…
    Brillant , Goood job malorie
    love all your books
    From Ashley Smith
    age 11

    Posted on January 11th, 2014 at 1:54 pm
    Emma Radcliffe Says…
    I read all the series in one day… This series was very emotional… After I read it I had to think about it for an hour!!!

    Posted on January 5th, 2014 at 6:14 pm
    Abi Says…
    I absolutley love this book. Its one of the best that I have ever read and every time i read it, i try and stop before the last couple of chapters because I am in tears. It is so moving and shows the good and the bad about humanity.

    Posted on January 3rd, 2014 at 3:58 pm
    Emma Says…
    This book is amazing. I could not put it down, so read it in less than 24 hours. Callum is great as well, but it is so sad that the ending in both books are so similar. I cannot wait to read the rest of the series.

    Posted on January 1st, 2014 at 7:43 pm
    Djulia Says…
    This is amazing, wonderful and excitement. Their should be a movie of this all the noughts and crosses book; that will be great. Hope to it!!! This just show the reality how black people was being treated but in this book it is the opposite and I really enjoy reading this. It has lots of emotive language. It a GREAT book! I love it! <3 it's a marvellous book!

    Posted on December 30th, 2013 at 8:40 pm
    Saffron Howdle Says…
    We read this book at school at at first i was very sceptical about it, but found it to be an amazing book with a brilliant plot and strong cliff hangers that make it hard to put the book down. The idea for the book and the history behind it is incredible. The book is a must read and i dare to say it but may also be turned into a film as it has just a good plot and story line.

    Posted on December 29th, 2013 at 7:38 pm
    bethany wardman Says…
    I am in love with these books! The story of Sephy and Callum is so heartbreaking but enduring I can’t stop reading it even when I’m literally crying as I turn the page! I’ve never read a book that filled me with such emotion before, its truly beautiful! Absolutely amazing books and an absolutely amazing author!

    Posted on December 28th, 2013 at 9:52 pm
    Jonathan Nield Says…
    Noughts and Crosses is an excellent piece of literature, I read this a year ago and I still think of the touching issues this covers from love to racism. It is brilliant! I would love it to be made into a film however it would be hard for an actress to play Callie as she would need to be portrayed by a number of actress’ as her age changes throughout the novel. I wouldn’t make the 4th book into a movie because its too different from the first three. However i thought the character of Toby was fantastic! I love you malorie!

    Posted on December 24th, 2013 at 3:26 pm
    Louise Says…
    I mean I cried at the of checkmate and was sad at the end of double cross.

    Posted on December 22nd, 2013 at 8:37 pm
    NatsuGrayLokiUsui Says…
    It is a good book I want to read more series of it and I am reading them 🙂 🙂
    Malorie is amazing and I like how you put chapters according to each character and their perspective through it , this is an amazing skill to show someone’s perspective and feeling through word which are emotional enough to reach the reader.

    Posted on December 14th, 2013 at 11:40 pm
    Natasha Thompson Says…
    This book has spoilt me for other books!! I think Noughts and Crosses, Knife edge and Checkmate are the best series of books I’ve read. It is an emotional read that has left me searching for something else to read that will evoke the same level of emotion this series did. Noughts and Crosses is an amazing start to an emotional story. Highly recommended.

    Posted on December 13th, 2013 at 11:58 pm
    Paulina Says…
    This book was one of the few that keeps me reading even if I am tired. But again most of Malorie Blackman’s books do that to me. They are just too good to put down.

    Posted on December 10th, 2013 at 5:16 pm
    Kayleigh Says…
    I think noughts and crosses is amazing I’ve never read a book like it and don’t think I ever will again. I was in floods of my own tears thought out the whole book but the ending was the main heart hitter… I couldn’t believe it. Callum and sephy were so perfect but no matter what way the book was wrote Callum would die which you get in the story of Callum. I’ve read all the books and cried in everyone but loved them all too! I think a 5th book would be brilliant and maybe even a movie

    Posted on December 7th, 2013 at 5:50 pm
    Abigail Says…
    I cried so much at this book! It takes very real social issues that we can all understand into a the world of Sephy and Callum…it’s so beautiful! As soon as I finished it I bought all of the others!!

    Posted on December 3rd, 2013 at 1:22 pm
    Izac Tamm Says…
    I think this book is very touching,a brilliant book, with lot of sadness, but also very eventful, you’ll never get bored. But there is a reason it’s not for younger readers, it has lots of sharpness in it, but that’s one of the good things about the book, isn’t all ‘rosy posy’. it’s a hard but stunning book. It’s so edge-gripping, you’ll fly through it.

    Posted on December 2nd, 2013 at 5:41 pm

  28. I LOVE this book! I read it over and over again-still have to cry when callum dies! I think u should definitely make a movie about that story <3

  29. This book is just amazing i used to read all of malorie blackmans other book which all said ‘author of the award winning noughts and crosses series’so the more and mote i read that the more i had to get the book. I finally got it and read it and its just spectacular its so amazing. The story line its self is heart felt.

  30. Amazing. Absolutely. Heart-breaking and wonderful. I only read the first book in the series, but all ready I’m begging for more! After I finish laughing and crying and smiling!

  31. I loved this book so much, I read it at every possible opportunity. The plot and characters are so compelling, I could not put it down. This was a thrilling, exciting and amazing read! I am really looking forwards to reading the next books.

  32. Malorie Blackman is an absolute inspiration. Her writing is impeccable. I first read this book at the age of 9 and I still can’t put it down after 15 years. The characters are beautifully formed and you can’t help but put yourself in their shoes. Of course, this can be quite uncomfortable as you go through the emotional roller coaster experienced by them, but that is just an indication of Blackman’s brilliance. Few things make me cry, but this book was one of them. I have nothing but praise for this author.

  33. I absolutely ADORE this book. I think Malorie really makes readers’ eyes glue onto each page as they read. The ending makes you crave to read more and go onto the next book. I recommend teens from the age of 11-12 upwards to read this to double cross. (i started reading this at 11)

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