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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…
©2001 Malorie Blackman (P)2004 Random House Audio Go
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5 out of 5 stars
By Meikie on 08-02-2018

Powerful, tragic and true to life

I read this book many years ago, so listening to it was a real shock, as if I'd never read it before. It took off and never let up right through to the tragic ending.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 24-12-2017

Romeo and Juliet continued <br />

It starts with a kiss and ends with a birth of a child. What happens in between must be read, not told or retold.
Great plot, wonderful language and beautiful story.

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4 out of 5 stars
By M.D. on 14-04-2013

Very engaging

This worked fantastically well as in-car listening to, from and during our holiday in Cornwall last year. It is accessible both to adults and to teenagers, and we often sat in the car at the end of a journey to finish a chapter. The story is based on an interesting twist on our traditional notions of racism, but this is in no way labored, but rather provides the backdrop for the human stories we encounter.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Laura on 13-03-2013

Essential YA

The scenario is compelling, the drama powerful, and the echoes of Romeo and Juliet beautifully ironic, but the language marks this title out definitively as a YA novel: not one to pick if you're on the trail of lyricism, or an arresting turn of phrase. The reading is generally effective, but Paul Chequer brings to Callum's narration a sneering tone that I hadn't expected and didn't enjoy.

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