Knife Edge


How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Noughts and Crosses


Sephy is a Cross, one of the privileged in a society where the ruling Crosses treat the pale-skinned noughts as inferiors. But her baby daughter has a nought father . . . Jude is a Nought. Eaten up with bitterness, he blames Sephy for the terrible losses his family has suffered . . .

Now Jude’s life rests on a knife edge. Will Sephy be forced, once again, to take sides?

A razor-sharp and intensely moving novel, the second in the Noughts & Crosses sequence.


I knew shortly after reading Noughts and Crosses that I was going to devour Knife Edge as soon as I could. I certainly did devour it. I couldn’t put it down. Knife Edge is an incredibly moving, emotional and hard book to read. I’ve gave 5 stars to both books in the series so far, I wonder if Malorie Blackman can keep it up… I’m sure she can. Her writing is incredible!

Knife Edge follows several characters but the main focus is on Sephy and Jude. I don’t want to say too much about the plot as I’m aware that some people have only read the first book. I know how annoying it is to be spoiled!

Sephy is an amazing character. Even though my life is nothing like hers, I immediately felt attached to her. Malorie’s writing really made me connect with her and feel empathy for her situation. I think Jude is one of those characters that I love to hate. I couldn’t believe how strongly I felt about him. There are some fantastic minor characters which really build the story.

Knife Edge is a lot darker than Noughts and Crosses, if that’s even possible. It’s intense throughout. I couldn’t believe the ending. I’m fighting myself not to buy the next book, but I’m probably going to fail. I need it in my life! I need to know what’s going to happen next.

So far, everything that I’ve read by Malorie Blackman has impressed me. I am just gutted that I hadn’t discovered her work before now, but I’m so glad I have discovered her now. I can’t wait to continue with her books!

Would I recommend it?:
Without a doubt!

An intensely dark sequel to the wonderful Noughts and Crosses! Highly recommended!

11 thoughts on “Knife Edge

  1. Even darker than Noughts and Crosses?! Oh no, this book is going to ruin me. 😦 I don’t think I’ll pick it up because I just can’t handle these books sometimes, but I’m also painfully intrigued. :O

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