Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Quick Review: Callum - Malorie Blackman

Callum is a new short story by Malorie Blackman, written exclusively for the World Book Day App.

In a hostile alternative society, the pale-skinned noughts are treated as inferiors by the ruling dark-skinned Crosses. Callum’s a nought. Sephy’s a Cross. In their world, they simply don’t fit – it’s as clear as black and white. But their childhood friendship has grown into intense, burning love. They have to find a way to be together. Then Sephy’s kidnapped, and Callum’s faced with a choice– his love for Sephy or his loyalty to his brother. Once that choice is made, there can be no looking back.

An explosive and passionate short story, set during the timeline of Malorie Blackman’s original dystopian bestseller, Noughts and Crosses.

The World Book Day App is available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and is absolutely FREE! Download now from the App store.

Noughts & Crosses Series:
Noughts & Crosses
An Eye for an Eye (Novella)
Callum (Short Story)
Knife Edge
Checkmate
Double Cross

Visit Malorie Blackman's website for more information

Review:
Callum is a short story set during the time line of Malorie Blackman's Noughts & Crosses that can be read for free via the World Book Day app from iTunes or purchased via Amazon for the Kindle.

I wouldn't recommend reading this if you haven't already read Noughts & Crosses as it tells the end of the story again but this time from Callum's perspective instead of Sephy's and therefore includes spoilers for anyone who hasn't read the original book. If you enjoyed the series you'll love reading Callum's story though.

I'm not going to say much about the plot because anyone who has read Noughts & Crosses already knows what happens. I will say that knowing what the outcome would be just made reading this story even more bitter sweet. It was really nice to get inside Callum's head and see exactly what he was thinking during Sephy's kidnapping. Reading this has reminded me just how much I loved Noughts & Crosses and that I never finished reading the series so I'm going to have to pick up the second book Knife Edge very soon.

Source: I read this via the free World Book Day app on iTunes but it can also be purchased for the Kindle

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