ACHUKA Book of the Day 17 Sep 2021
“Filled with love, sorrow, suffering and stinging satire on injustice, Noughts & Crosses is a remarkable novel, not least in tackling the subject of race with brilliant simplicity. Every page shocks; Knife Edge,the sequel, is no less impressive. The style is simple and direct, but the ramifications of what it describes are thought out in devastating detail. Children’s fiction has long been the repository of great satirical writing, but Blackman?s trilogy takes it into levels unseen since Orwell?s Nineteen Eighty-Four.” Amanda Craig in The Times, Jan 2004
20 years ago, Malorie Blackman’s Noughts & Crosses, a story that charted the deeply forbidden romance between Sephy (a Cross) and Callum (a Nought) was published. Theirs was a love affair that has had repercussions for their families for generations. Until now.
Sorry – not sorry! – for yet more Endgame promos but I genuinely wondered at one point if I’d ever get to write this last book so I’m going to enjoy myself today! 😊 pic.twitter.com/tp5gsURxEu
— Malorie Blackman is mostly away (@malorieblackman) September 16, 2021
Endgame, the final book in the series, is a breathtaking conclusion to the groundbreaking series. The first Nought Prime Minister, Toney Durbridge, is about to go on trial for the murder of notorious ganglord, Dan Jeavons. Tobey insists he is being framed. There were ten seats at Dan’s dinner party the night he was killed and each guest had their own reasons for wishing him dead. Sephy Hadley was one of the guests that night. Haunted by the idea that she didn’t do enough to stop the death of her first love, Callum McGregor, Sephy will not sit quietly and wait for accusations to fall on her now. She has her children to protect . . . It’s time that actions speak louder than words. Time that the truth is uncovered. Time for the endgame.
Recommended Guardian feature: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/sep/11/malorie-blackman-hope-is-the-spark