Checkmate by Malorie Blackman – Book Review


Checkmate is the penultimate book in the Noughts and Crosses series. Callie is the daughter of Sephy, a Cross, and Callum a Nought. She soon learns that life in this divided society isn’t going to be easy…

This is my favourite of the Noughts and Crosses series so far. Of the three that I have read, this is the most exciting and gripping. By using flashbacks the book shows Callie Rose’s childhood from the age of 7 to 16. As she gets older, her feelings towards her parents and other characters in the book change dramatically. She also has to make sense of a world where being dual heritage is frowned upon.

When I began reading this book, I wasn’t sure whether I was going to read the fourth and final book, Double Cross, or not. Now I’ve read Checkmate, I think I will as I want to see what the future holds for Callie Rose, Sephy and the rest of the characters.

My next review will be The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, which will be up on my blog sometime next week!

2 thoughts on “Checkmate by Malorie Blackman – Book Review

  1. Jasmine July 29, 2016 / 1:13 pm

    Is it at all involved the chess game or is it just the name of the book?


    • Fiction For Teens July 30, 2016 / 3:14 pm

      Hi there. There is no reference to chess in the book.There is a Q and A on Malorie Blackman’s website that explains why it is called Checkmate.

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