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.

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Mar 102014
 

Another, alternate world. The Crosses run the world. The Noughts are considered, at best, less than human. On the surface, this is a Romeo and Juliet analogue, with a Nought boy and a Cross girl, star-crossed lovers growing up with the odds against them. This examination of race and its effects is stunning in its honesty, integrity, and its refusal to talk down to its audience. It grapples with the effects of racism and asks readers to consider terrorism from another angle. This book draws from real-world situations large and small and asks you to consider your place in it.

 

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