Malorie Blackman – Knife Edge

I’ve just finished reading this book and I’m seriously in shock. It’s not okay to finish a book like that! I’m only glad that I’m so late to the party that the next 3 books are already released and I don’t have to wait, because the waiting would be unbearable.

This book was pretty much the polar opposite of Noughts and Crosses, which was basically the story of Callum and Sephy’s love. In contrast, this book was filled with so much hate and loathing and struggle.

Sephy is clearly finding it difficult to come to terms with not having Callum around anymore, and even though she loves Callie, having a constant reminder of Callum is not doing her good, especially when she thinks of the life that Callie will have.

We spend a lot of the book inside Sephy’s head, and she’s definitely not in a good place. I was just torn between wanting to give her a hug and wanting to shake her and tell her to pull herself together.

We also spend a lot of time with Callum’s brother Jude, who is thoroughly entrenched in the Liberation Militia and filled with hate for the world that killed his brother, and in particular the girl who he thinks caused it, Sephy.

At the same time, he’s dealing with feelings that he never imagined he would have, and that he’s finding it very hard to fight, until things come to a point that I never imagined.

I have to say, I found it very disturbing reading Jude’s chapters, they were so dark and he’s frankly an incredibly unlikeable person, and I found some of his chapters really hard to read.

And yeah, the ending. Without giving any spoilers, all I can say is that finishing a book like that is not okay. If you’ve read it, you know what I mean. And if you haven’t, you should.

Another amazing book, I’m looking forward to carrying on the series.

My rating: 5Average rating: 4.09
416 pages. Published in: 2003
Read in Paperbackon 16th-23rd May 2020

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