Day 6! Review: Double Cross – Malorie Blackman

7th SeptemberAnnouncement
8th SeptemberNoughts and Crosses Review
9th SeptemberAn Eye for an Eye Review
10th SeptemberCallum Review
11th SeptemberKnife Edge Review
12th SeptemberCheckmate Review
13th SeptemberDouble Cross Review
14th SeptemberNought Forever Review
15th SeptemberCrossfire Review
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Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Trigger Warnings: Cancer; Death; Drug Abuse; Drug Use; Gun Violence; Racism; Murder; Terminal Illness

Double Cross follows the life of Tobey Durbridge, a minor character in Checkmate, throughout his struggles against Meadowview’s dark side and hardened criminals.

As Tobey was a minor character in Checkmate, I really enjoyed having an insight into his life, and learning more about his character. I never would have imagined the story that he had to tell, and it definitely did make his character make more sense in my head. This was really helped by the majority of the book being told from his perspective, as I could always see and understand his thinking and actions. However, I did miss the range of perspectives that we had in Double Cross’s predecessors, although I do understand why this was not possible for the majority of the book. I might have liked to have read some chapters from Sephy’s perspective, as it was strange at first to have her as a minor character, rather than a main character.

Whilst Noughts and Crosses conveyed love, Knife Edge conveyed Hate, and Checkmate conveyed Hope, I feel that Double Cross conveyed despair. I will be elaborating further on this later in this review, but I feel that this was a really powerful theme to have running through this book. Everything tied itself to the idea of Despair, and I really enjoyed this. Double Cross’s plot was also very dark and detailled, and it made a very interesting read.

Double Cross was very well-written, and I understood each plot point, regardless of how far-removed it was from what we have previously seen in this series. This book also contained some sensitive and challening topics, which Blackman dealt with very well. I would advise approching Double Cross with caution due to the sensitive and challenging topics.

In contrast to its predecessors, Double Cross was very dark. This book follows Tobey’s story as he navigates through the illegal world of drugs, gangs, and violence. We see parts of Meadowview that I didn’t know even existed – although us readers had already been introduced to the idea that Meadowview had its dark secrets, it isn’t until Double Cross that we actually see this in action. This was one aspect that I really enjoyed, as I was learning more about Sephy’s world.

As mentioned above, I feel that Double Cross followed the theme of despair. I felt that this was shown through Tobey spiralling deeper and deeper into the darker side of Meadowview, and through Callie’s fluctuating condition throughout the book. With every act that Tobey carried out, I was desperate to drag him out of it, especially knowing the journey his life will take, having read Crossfire. This made me feel despair as well – one of the things I love about reading is when I’m feeling emotions simultaneously to the characters. Callie’s fluctuating condition was something else that made me feel despair. I was so desperate for her condition to improve, especially as she is so pivotal in this series. While the despair might not have been felt by her, I could definitely see how it was affecting everyone around her.

Overall, I would recommend the Noughts and Crosses series to both an Adult and Young Adult audience aged 13+, as long as they feel comfortable reading about the trigger warnings listed above.

Tomorrow’s post will be my review of Nought Forever.

Thank you for reading this post.


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