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Double Cross (original 2008; edition 2009)

by Malorie Blackman (Author)

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Title:Double Cross
Authors:Malorie Blackman (Author)
Info:Corgi Childrens (2009), Edition: 1, 448 pages
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Tags:children's/young adult, read 2015

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Now that I am finally finished...I am not totally sure what to say about this book or series.....

I really did enjoy the series as a whole...The characters are amazing...

Malorie Blackman makes you want to continue on in the series....

But....

I struggled reading this series.....but I did love them....Contradiction right?

Nought & Crosses (Black & White) was wonderful and I went that book quickly...

Knife Edge...I wasn't crazy about and it almost had me stop the series and took me about 2 weeks or so to read....

It took me at least a month to get back into the books....And the novella Callum got me back into the books...

Checkmate I adored, but still, it took me a little over 2 weeks to finish it

This one, Double Cross, it took me a month to finish...I'd read it, put it down, read it again, put it down, and so on....But, I liked this book...A lot...

I think one of the reasons why it took so long for me is I didn't give myself time to actually miss the books or characters like I have to do with other series because other series I am on, haven't come out with all of their books and have had to wait in between each one...

But I think another reason is, when many authors do books, I personally believe that they write some books as if they are ready to get it over with and that sometimes shows in the writing...The books still may be good, but something is just missing...

Now, on to the actual review of this particular book?

Finally!

Well....

Double Cross is good....And I enjoyed finding out about what happened with Callie Rose & Tobey...And as I went on in the book, I kept debating whether or not it should have been done or not...Was it really necessary? Well now...Yes, I think so....I'm glad she did...

This book does get a strong 4/5 Stars. This book, like the others, were really intense! (Another reason I think it was hard for me to read it...For anyone that likes dystopia type of stories (not the kind many are used to), or books that talk about Civil Rights type of [racial] issues but reversed, then this book would be wonderful to read!

These books are about Noughts (Whites) fighting for their Civil Rights against the Crosses (Blacks)..but it surrounds two different families in the first three books...And in Double Cross, its still the two families, but one added to it...But one of the young people in Double Cross, was also in Checkmate.

I will close it up by saying that this is one of the best series I've read in a while, even if I struggled many times. It really is good...And the series as a whole, I give a strong 4.5/5 ( )
  MsBridgetReads | Jul 8, 2014 |
Now that I am finally finished...I am not totally sure what to say about this book or series.....

I really did enjoy the series as a whole...The characters are amazing...

Malorie Blackman makes you want to continue on in the series....

But....

I struggled reading this series.....but I did love them....Contradiction right?

Nought & Crosses (Black & White) was wonderful and I went that book quickly...

Knife Edge...I wasn't crazy about and it almost had me stop the series and took me about 2 weeks or so to read....

It took me at least a month to get back into the books....And the novella Callum got me back into the books...

Checkmate I adored, but still, it took me a little over 2 weeks to finish it

This one, Double Cross, it took me a month to finish...I'd read it, put it down, read it again, put it down, and so on....But, I liked this book...A lot...

I think one of the reasons why it took so long for me is I didn't give myself time to actually miss the books or characters like I have to do with other series because other series I am on, haven't come out with all of their books and have had to wait in between each one...

But I think another reason is, when many authors do books, I personally believe that they write some books as if they are ready to get it over with and that sometimes shows in the writing...The books still may be good, but something is just missing...

Now, on to the actual review of this particular book?

Finally!

Well....

Double Cross is good....And I enjoyed finding out about what happened with Callie Rose & Tobey...And as I went on in the book, I kept debating whether or not it should have been done or not...Was it really necessary? Well now...Yes, I think so....I'm glad she did...

This book does get a strong 4/5 Stars. This book, like the others, were really intense! (Another reason I think it was hard for me to read it...For anyone that likes dystopia type of stories (not the kind many are used to), or books that talk about Civil Rights type of [racial] issues but reversed, then this book would be wonderful to read!

These books are about Noughts (Whites) fighting for their Civil Rights against the Crosses (Blacks)..but it surrounds two different families in the first three books...And in Double Cross, its still the two families, but one added to it...But one of the young people in Double Cross, was also in Checkmate.

I will close it up by saying that this is one of the best series I've read in a while, even if I struggled many times. It really is good...And the series as a whole, I give a strong 4.5/5 ( )
  OBridget1 | May 4, 2014 |
** spoiler alert ** At the end of Checkmate I thought I wasn't ready to let go of these characters. By 'these characters' I meant Sephy and Callie Rose. I did not mean 'in the next book, shoot Callie Rose and leave her out of the whole thing so her boyfriend or whatever he calls himself can go on a crazy rampage which leaves five people dead and him simmering with regret and remorse and thinking he can't go back to Callie now'. That is definitely not what I wanted or expected.

Tobey Durbridge should must definitely be called Tobey Durbrain. Never has an insult used in a book described a character better. This guy is an idiot. He did what he wanted to do (even though I thought he was an idiot for it) - he got rid of McAuley. Now what? Cry about it. Not go back to the girl you did it for and instead treat her like shit. And now Owen Dowd on the other side is in charge and wow are things going to be that much different? Probably not. Well done, you made no difference whatsoever but at least you got your revenge, right?

As much as Mr. Durbrain's actions annoyed me, I still - sigh - enjoyed Malorie Blackman's writing and the world she had created. I do wish however there was more emphasis on the Noughts vs Crosses thing we got from the other books, rather than the gang warfare which didn't interest me as much. I also no longer feel the need for another book, not because I have closure but more because I don't want them to get any worse. 3.5 stars, barely. ( )
  crashmyparty | Feb 10, 2014 |
Now that I am finally finished...I am not totally sure what to say about this book or series.....

I really did enjoy the series as a whole...The characters are amazing...

Malorie Blackman makes you want to continue on in the series....

But....

I struggled reading this series.....but I did love them....Contradiction right?

Nought & Crosses (Black & White) was wonderful and I went that book quickly...

Knife Edge...I wasn't crazy about and it almost had me stop the series and took me about 2 weeks or so to read....

It took me at least a month to get back into the books....And the novella Callum got me back into the books...

Checkmate I adored, but still, it took me a little over 2 weeks to finish it

This one, Double Cross, it took me a month to finish...I'd read it, put it down, read it again, put it down, and so on....But, I liked this book...A lot...

I think one of the reasons why it took so long for me is I didn't give myself time to actually miss the books or characters like I have to do with other series because other series I am on, haven't come out with all of their books and have had to wait in between each one...

But I think another reason is, when many authors do books, I personally believe that they write some books as if they are ready to get it over with and that sometimes shows in the writing...The books still may be good, but something is just missing...

Now, on to the actual review of this particular book?

Finally!

Well....

Double Cross is good....And I enjoyed finding out about what happened with Callie Rose & Tobey...And as I went on in the book, I kept debating whether or not it should have been done or not...Was it really necessary? Well now...Yes, I think so....I'm glad she did...

This book does get a strong 4/5 Stars. This book, like the others, were really intense! (Another reason I think it was hard for me to read it...For anyone that likes dystopia type of stories (not the kind many are used to), or books that talk about Civil Rights type of [racial] issues but reversed, then this book would be wonderful to read!

These books are about Noughts (Whites) fighting for their Civil Rights against the Crosses (Blacks)..but it surrounds two different families in the first three books...And in Double Cross, its still the two families, but one added to it...But one of the young people in Double Cross, was also in Checkmate.

I will close it up by saying that this is one of the best series I've read in a while, even if I struggled many times. It really is good...And the series as a whole, I give a strong 4.5/5 ( )
  BridgetsBookNook | Feb 6, 2014 |
Teen novel, 4th in series about reversed blacks and whites and terrorists. ( )
  Mumineurope | Aug 14, 2010 |
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Blackman "gets" people, especially young adults, in all their tentativeness, determination and energy. She "gets" humanity as a whole, too. Most of all, she writes a stonking good story.
 
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'The mere imparting of information is not education. Above all things, the effort must result in making a man think for himself...
When you control a man's thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. You do not have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. He will find his "proper place" and will stay in it.' - Carter G. Woodson
'... What would he do, Had he the motive and the cue for passion. That I have? - Hamlet (Act II, Scene II)
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For Neil and Lizzy, Mum and Wendy - with love. And big thanks to Annie and Sue - what would I do without you?
Lizzy, this is the book you asked me for. Sort of!
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Everyone assumes the bomb that killed Callie Roses grandmother was the work of a nought terrorist. But Callie Rose knows the truth and her fear of the past leaves her afraid for her future.

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