May 082014

Malorie Blackman is so good it’s sickening. She handles information dumping without any sort of dump, and gives the reader a touchstone for societal racial tension, uncovering racism in lots of ways so that those in positions of privilege can discover and see sides to the issue they may have never thought of before. She doesn’t shy away from making characters make mistakes and even grapple with – and lose to – their dark sides, even doing terrible, horrible things. This is a really worthy sequel to Noughts and Crosses that everyone should read – even if they aren’t so young any longer.

Get it here (UK) or here (US)

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