Book Review: Crossfire by Malorie Blackman


My songs: All I Ask by Adele (Cover by Samantha Harvey)

These songs are personal to me, they remind me of this book (they may be songs that were popular during the time that I read this, with lyrics that relate to this book or it might just be random)

Synopsis: Years have passed since the love between Sephy – a Cross – and Callum – a Nought – destroyed their world and changed their families and society forever. 

Society appears to be very different now. For the first time ever, a Nought Prime Minister – Tobey Durbridge – is in power. Race and class don’t divide people anymore. But things are never really that easy. 

Because Tobey’s just been framed for murder, and the only way to free himself is to turn to his oldest friend – Callie-Rose. 

Their families divisions run deep, and when two young people are kidnapped, their lives and everything they’ve fought for is put in the firing line. 

And when you’re playing a game as dangerous as this one, it won’t be long before someone gets caught in the crossfire…

Review: Oh my gosh! That was not what I was expecting! I would class myself as an active member of the noughts and crosses fandom and the build-up to this book has been amazing. But this book was not what I expected!!

So this book is set around 18 years after where Double Cross ends, I believe. This review has a spoiler for the previous books so be aware. The last book ended with Tobey crying after being left money in Callie Rose’s nan’s will. Well, this book starts with Tory (Callie Rose’s stepbrother) and Libby (Tobey’s daughter) being kidnapped. These are the two new main characters. This book is told from several points of view (Tobey, Callie, Libby and Troy).

This story was epic. And I do not that word lightly. To be honest the 3 and 4 books in this series I didn’t really like because it just wasn’t very exciting or gripping but with this book, it’s a whole other story. (Haha I’m hilarious, I know) but this was a great pickup I think from the other books. We learn about all that has happened in the time since the last book. There are heartbreak, arguments and a lot of tension.

I kind of hated Callie and Tobey for some of this book. Sometimes, I was like, this is so petty. I understand why they did what they did. That doesn’t make it right but these two don’t even try to listen or understand each other. I feel sorry for both of them too, they don’t deserve what they have had to go through.

Libby and Troy also have a lot of arguments and rivalry. Libby, I feel terrible for. She self-harms and is being abused at home by her own mother. They both are candidates to be head boy or girl for their sixth form. Libby doesn’t know her father or that he is winning candidate for Prime Minister.

There is also a murder in this book. Tobey Durbridge is being accused of killing Dan Jeavons. There is so much suspense and even I’m not sure if he killed him.

This book was incredible and the plot twists in this book actually shocking. This book isn’t predictable at all. This book deserves more than 5 stars!!

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