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Voted as one of the UK’s best-loved books, Malorie Blackman’s Noughts & Crosses series is a seminal piece of YA fiction; a true modern classic. Checkmate [Malorie Blackman] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Can the future ever erase the past? Rose has a Cross mother and a. ‘Another emotional hard-hitter’ Sunday Times My name is Callie Rose. My mum is a Cross – one of the so-called ruling dad was a Nought. My dad was.

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Checkmate is the third book in the Noughts and Crosses series. When Minerva tries to change her mind, Sephy declares that bt hates the baby because it was alive and that Callum should be alive instead.

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A total book nerd and a massive geek just as the name suggests. Tobey is offered the chance to earn some ready money just making a few ‘deliveries’ after he is introduced by a friend, Dan, who works for McAuley. Rose is faced with prejudice and judgement, and is left a very confused child.

Callie became cold and hateful and turned against her mother. Although he loathes Crosses, he begins to fall in love with her.

Sephy is overjoyed to find that Callum is in her class after helping him pass the entrance examination. He meets Chrckmate, Vanessa Dowd’s daughter.

I heartily recommend anyone b,ackman is interested in dystopian fiction, prejudice and racial tension to read these books and discover the magic of them for yourself. Dec 09, 16SimpsonL rated it it was amazing. It follows Callie Rose, the daughter of Sephy and Callum, as she grows up and discovers her disturbing past. Callum’s guard, Jack, delivers a letter, written by Callum before he died, saying chcekmate he never loved her and could not believe that she was stupid enough to fall for him.


This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. In its treatment of racism, terrorism, migrant-crisis-related politics, I felt like the book had been written for the world we currently live in right now so I had blackmn go back to the imprint page to check the copyright date.

I found malore really sad towards the middle where Callie’s thoughts and feelings regarding Callum began to get really negative since we know Callum and all the information Callie received was based on lies and it was just really sad to read.

Jasmine, remembering that she used to be friends with ny McGregor family, secretly hires a prominent Cross lawyer to defend Ryan. However by keeping her at arms length Sephy fractured their relationship really badly.

I only rated this book four and the others five as I just personally found the others bg exciting and entertaining and this book dragged on a little, but this book was still great as a whole. Noughts and Crosses TV series. And who is this person Cara, that captured Jude’s mind in his last moments? Because at least she was here to hate me.

Isn’t she beautiful, so very beautiful? I don’t know how I’ll get my hands on the fourth, but I tell you now, I will. He talks her into spending the night with her in an abandoned shack for her to recover.

I mean, when she first discovers the truth about her dad and she’s furiously angry with her mother, yeah, I can see her joining the L. Although I don’t think Jude’s actions are justified as there is nothing in the world that justifies terrorism, I find it really unfortunate that he ended up in his current position due to such strong injustices in his from such a young age. Apr 04, Georgia rated it hlackman was amazing. She has certainly become one of my favourite authors.

Checkmate by Malorie Blackman book review

Seeming to be similar to the United Nations in scope mqlorie similar to the European Union in powers, it is playing a role in forcing change by directives and boycotts. Sephy then meets Nathan, the owner of the restaurant in which she sings, and the two start a relationship.


I live these stories. And Callum died or should I say was hanged to save Callie. It follows Callie Rose, the daughter of Sephy and Callum, as she grows up and discovers her disturbing past. Anyways it was an interesting book and I am looking forward to read the next book in this series. I couldn’t believe what an awful mother Sephy turned out to be. I’m totally weird but I happily accept that. I’m reluctant to read Double Maalorie as Checkmate was a perfect end to a thought-provoking and emotionally charged series mzlorie I thought was absolutely superb and cannot recommend enough.

Once again, Blackman creates characters so incredibly realistic and strong, we cannot but have equally strong feelings towards them. This site uses cookies. Callie Rose, so blind, so disillusioned. Sephy confirms the rumours, and they decide on names for the child: There is also an unabridged audiobook of the first book of the series, with Callum’s chapters read by Paul Chequer and Sephy’s by the late Sian Blake.

The ending of the book is bittersweet. On bblackman day of Checkate hanging, bkackman asks his guard, Jack, to deliver a letter to Sephy personally. Jude feels that Sephy is responsible for Callum’s death and wants to make sure that Sephy will not see Callum’s next birthday since Callum had not seen his next birthday.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Rebecca is shocked, but Tobey reassures her that he does not work for him any longer.