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Callum is a nought - an inferior white citizen in a society controlled by the black Crosses. Sephy is a Cross - and the daughter of one of the most powerful, ruthless men in the country. In their hostile, violent world, noughts and Crosses simply don't mix. But when Sephy and Callum's childhood friendship grows into love, they're determined to find a way to be together. And t Callum is a nought - an inferior white citizen in a society controlled by the black Crosses. Sephy is a Cross - and the daughter of one of the most powerful, ruthless men in the country. In their hostile, violent world, noughts and Crosses simply don't mix. But when Sephy and Callum's childhood friendship grows into love, they're determined to find a way to be together. And then the bomb explodes . . . The long-awaited graphic novel adaptation of one of the most influential, critically acclaimed and original novels of all time, from multi-award-winning Malorie Blackman.


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Callum is a nought - an inferior white citizen in a society controlled by the black Crosses. Sephy is a Cross - and the daughter of one of the most powerful, ruthless men in the country. In their hostile, violent world, noughts and Crosses simply don't mix. But when Sephy and Callum's childhood friendship grows into love, they're determined to find a way to be together. And t Callum is a nought - an inferior white citizen in a society controlled by the black Crosses. Sephy is a Cross - and the daughter of one of the most powerful, ruthless men in the country. In their hostile, violent world, noughts and Crosses simply don't mix. But when Sephy and Callum's childhood friendship grows into love, they're determined to find a way to be together. And then the bomb explodes . . . The long-awaited graphic novel adaptation of one of the most influential, critically acclaimed and original novels of all time, from multi-award-winning Malorie Blackman.

30 review for Noughts Crosses Graphic Novel

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Churchill

    This is a FANTASTIC adaptation of the novel, I'm so happy that it translated well and I think they condensed the story really well. The artwork is fairly simplistic, it didn't blow me away but it worked well enough, and although it doesn't have the same level of emotion as the book (probably because of it's reduced format, though I think it could have made me feel a LITTLE more) it did do the story justice I think. I still fully recommend people read the original novel, but if you'd rather skip i This is a FANTASTIC adaptation of the novel, I'm so happy that it translated well and I think they condensed the story really well. The artwork is fairly simplistic, it didn't blow me away but it worked well enough, and although it doesn't have the same level of emotion as the book (probably because of it's reduced format, though I think it could have made me feel a LITTLE more) it did do the story justice I think. I still fully recommend people read the original novel, but if you'd rather skip it for some reason this will give a great insight into the story and the ideas surrounding equality, race and society's weaknesses that made Noughts & Crosses famous and award winning.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mehsi

    A pretty OK graphic novel that tells us the story of Noughts/Crosses in comic style. While it has been quite some years since I read the first book I still remember some parts here and there so I can say that the GN has done a pretty good job at getting all the important bits in but also keep the story moving and flowing. Sometimes GN's don't do that, so I am happy this one did. The art was hit/miss. Sometimes quite nice, other times not my cup of tea. Glad I had a chance to read this one and get A pretty OK graphic novel that tells us the story of Noughts/Crosses in comic style. While it has been quite some years since I read the first book I still remember some parts here and there so I can say that the GN has done a pretty good job at getting all the important bits in but also keep the story moving and flowing. Sometimes GN's don't do that, so I am happy this one did. The art was hit/miss. Sometimes quite nice, other times not my cup of tea. Glad I had a chance to read this one and get back to the world of Noughts/Crosses in which the racism of the US is flipped around. Whites are the ones being oppressed/discriminated against while the black people are the rulers and the ones who control all. Quite an interesting flip/idea. The ending, holy wow, I forgot that happened. Though at times I was just a bit bored and at times I just wanted to throw some characters in a big pond or swimming pool, it took me 2 tries to really start reading this GN. Vaguely I know I had the same feeling when reading the book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    The Artisan Geek

    27/12/19 Wow what a story! If anything it makes me want to read the novel even more! A review is to come! You can find me on Youtube | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Website 27/12/19 Wow what a story! If anything it makes me want to read the novel even more! A review is to come! You can find me on Youtube | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Website

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    WOW! This book hit me hard! I was left a tear-stained mess! I have never read the original books but now I really want to pick them up. This was such a heart-wrenching and powerful depiction of two ethnicities in a society where Crosses (black people) and Noughts (white people) are very much encouraged to keep apart and not mix. I loved the main characters - Sephy and Callum, and thought Lynette’s story was so so sad :’( In fact I found the whole thing sad but beautifully written and illustrated WOW! This book hit me hard! I was left a tear-stained mess! I have never read the original books but now I really want to pick them up. This was such a heart-wrenching and powerful depiction of two ethnicities in a society where Crosses (black people) and Noughts (white people) are very much encouraged to keep apart and not mix. I loved the main characters - Sephy and Callum, and thought Lynette’s story was so so sad :’( In fact I found the whole thing sad but beautifully written and illustrated too. A new favourite!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alyce Hunt

    "D'you ever wonder what it would be like if our positions were reversed? If whites were in charge instead of you crosses?" "I'm not sure I share your faith in a society ruled by noughts. People are people. We'll always find a way to mess it up, doesn't matter who's in charge." I read the 'Noughts and Crosses' series many, many moons ago - back in 2007 and 2008. I've always wanted to reread it, but I haven't had the time: there are so many dystopian series that I haven't tried out yet, so it feels "D'you ever wonder what it would be like if our positions were reversed? If whites were in charge instead of you crosses?" "I'm not sure I share your faith in a society ruled by noughts. People are people. We'll always find a way to mess it up, doesn't matter who's in charge." I read the 'Noughts and Crosses' series many, many moons ago - back in 2007 and 2008. I've always wanted to reread it, but I haven't had the time: there are so many dystopian series that I haven't tried out yet, so it feels rude to spend time reliving these novels. However, when I spotted this graphic novel adaptation in the library, I had to pick it up. I could remember the story well enough - it's haunting, so you can't forget it once you've read it - and it was a nice way for me to rediscover the characters and the story without spending too much time. This graphic novel adaptation is very true to the book (from what I can remember - all of the main events are definitely present) and it's perhaps more effective seeing it played out visually: actually seeing the white people being oppressed and the black people ruling society. As the media and the government are still so overwhelmingly whitewashed (proven this week with the Oscar nominations, which completely snubbed black people from the awards) it's a stark contrast to the world that we're living it, and it proves that - despite the fact that ten years have passed since the first novel was published - not much has changed in the world, and there's still a long way to go to reach equality between the races. Because the graphic novel is a speedy read there isn't as much character development, so it's not as emotionally involving (destroying) as the novel, but it's still a very enjoyable read. The art style is rather simplistic, but it adds to the charm of the overall product. I really enjoyed this adaptation, and I sincerely hope the rest of the series undergoes the same treatment.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Diana Simumpande

    I liked this graphic novel. When I was 12 and all the other kids at school were gushing over this book, I was reading Jacqueline Wilson and I think I may have missed an opportunity there. I thought this would be a good chance to get an idea of what the book was about without actually reading the original. I liked the story, I think the concept was amazing but I had a lot of issues with the pacing in this. I think we could have done with two books. It seemed a little cliché at times, and for me, I liked this graphic novel. When I was 12 and all the other kids at school were gushing over this book, I was reading Jacqueline Wilson and I think I may have missed an opportunity there. I thought this would be a good chance to get an idea of what the book was about without actually reading the original. I liked the story, I think the concept was amazing but I had a lot of issues with the pacing in this. I think we could have done with two books. It seemed a little cliché at times, and for me, I didn't connect with it as much as I would have liked. The artwork was okay, nothing too fancy. Overall, a great concept but perhaps a missed opportunity?

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ruby Chan

    Didn’t know a single thing going into this but this graphic novel and plot as a whole were so much more than I usually expect from a graphic novel.Trigger warnings for many things so its best for mature and suitable readers but this dystopian society is like an opposite of today-the blacks are the superior ones while the whites are the inferior ones.So I wouldn’t say it challenges today’s society but rather shows me “do not do unto others what you don’t want to be done unto you”.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Paola GC

    I read the book some time ago. I was really surprise of the effect the drawing have of the narration of the story. I more anger coming from the character. I do have to say I read this book more than 10 years ago...the intake can be quite diferente when you are 14

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kit

    Very simplified role reversal about racism. It does make me want to read the novel, though.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Liv Wright

    I am surprised that the adaptation was so alike to the story and this made The noughts and crosses graphic novel really intriguing. Everything was incredibly alike and I did honestly rather enjoy it. I think that I couldn't be improved at all. This is my first graphic novel and I think I will read more on the future I could say that this has made me a graphic novel reader. The characters were a lot like how I had imagined them and it was lovely to not just imagine them but to see them. I think t I am surprised that the adaptation was so alike to the story and this made The noughts and crosses graphic novel really intriguing. Everything was incredibly alike and I did honestly rather enjoy it. I think that I couldn't be improved at all. This is my first graphic novel and I think I will read more on the future I could say that this has made me a graphic novel reader. The characters were a lot like how I had imagined them and it was lovely to not just imagine them but to see them. I think that this could really be adapted into a film as well because it just is so interesting. My favourite character is Callum because I like Callum as he is a very diverse character. The ending really upsets me though but it tells such a wonderful story about two lovers that are in a world not allowing them to be together. You could compare it to Romeo and Juliet but not as well. Some parts I think that it could but really it is different. It shows how people can really be and what people can go through. It was a really lovable story, it will always stay close to my heart. I gave it five stars because loving the novel and them being so alike and managing to include all the interesting and important parts was amazing. I recommend the novel and the graphic novel. Loved it...

  11. 5 out of 5

    charlottebibliophile

    'Noughts and Crosses' by Malorie Blackman follows the unlikely friendship of Callum and Sephy - a nought and a cross - in a world where noughts and crosses do not mix, let alone get along. Together they face a series of challenges, but they always come through them stronger - that is, until Callum's family becomes involved in a terrorist organisation, with a plan to bomb a shopping centre, and Callum and Sephy inadvertently become caught up in the madness. Can their relationship survive against 'Noughts and Crosses' by Malorie Blackman follows the unlikely friendship of Callum and Sephy - a nought and a cross - in a world where noughts and crosses do not mix, let alone get along. Together they face a series of challenges, but they always come through them stronger - that is, until Callum's family becomes involved in a terrorist organisation, with a plan to bomb a shopping centre, and Callum and Sephy inadvertently become caught up in the madness. Can their relationship survive against all the odds? This graphic novel is a beautiful representation of the critically acclaimed novel. There are obviously instances where explanations are avoided in this medium, and as a result some of the emotion is lost in translation. The art is simplistic, but I believe it should be, when the whole premise of the book is black and white. Overall it is still a fantastic adaptation of the book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Laura (b00k-witch)

    The novel of Noughts and Crosses is honestly one of my favourites of all time, and this graphic novel adaptation is as close to perfect as you can get. This condenses the story of Callum and Sephy, living on opposite side of a race divide but a different one than we all know. The author switches the roles, making white people, the ‘noughts’, second class citizens, along with the black ‘crosses’, who run the country, run the media etc. The book borrows from real life events and places them in thi The novel of Noughts and Crosses is honestly one of my favourites of all time, and this graphic novel adaptation is as close to perfect as you can get. This condenses the story of Callum and Sephy, living on opposite side of a race divide but a different one than we all know. The author switches the roles, making white people, the ‘noughts’, second class citizens, along with the black ‘crosses’, who run the country, run the media etc. The book borrows from real life events and places them in this context. I found the drawings very simplistic and easy to follow, and I am very fond of this version.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Roxy

    I think I was unprepared going into this. The art style was great and the message was necessary but I found it a bit awkward that literally everyone other than the two main characters were awful people. It might say more about me than the book that i'm calling a novel dealing with racist themes too dark, but I found the grittiness unnecessarily exaggerated and over the top.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rachael

    This story works so well as a graphic novel, I absolutely loved it. Such a wonderful story that everyone needs to read!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sara Weather

    I am going to review this novel using my status update from 25% and my thoughts from 100%: I. I need to read the novel! 100%: Honestly, I don't know if I want to now. I kind of want to see if the novel goes deeper but ugh I doubt it. II. Does it deal with racism simplistically? 100%: Yes, I can not tell if this is in result of it being an adaptation of a novel. A. It got messy when you have white characters who are supposed to represent black people doing certain things that do not feel represent I am going to review this novel using my status update from 25% and my thoughts from 100%: I. I need to read the novel! 100%: Honestly, I don't know if I want to now. I kind of want to see if the novel goes deeper but ugh I doubt it. II. Does it deal with racism simplistically? 100%: Yes, I can not tell if this is in result of it being an adaptation of a novel. A. It got messy when you have white characters who are supposed to represent black people doing certain things that do not feel representative of black people at any time period. By race swapping it stepped into messy things about black people because it was not a straight swap and somehow it feels like it made black people still the bad guys. B. Direction of the plot. It started off with potential then slid off into being an average teen dystopia except without the revolutionary change the world aspect. At the core it felt like it did not say anything that isn't already known (but I'm coming from 2018 so the year that this was published, 2001, has to be taken into account). III. Who is the audience for this story? 100%: I'm wondering if this is more of a commentary on non-American racism. IV. Does the world built serve that purpose? 100%: A bigger question is what was the purpose of this story? Is it to teach about racism? Is it enough now in current day to teach about racism? I feel that there was a lost opportunity when the story could have gotten deeper into the insidious systematic impact of racism. V. I like that the manga (i dont know if novel does this too) but it made a quick nod at well even in the racial hierarchy there is still a gender hierarchy (thinking about it there is a quiet undertone on gender) 100%: *Thor does it tho gif* Was there a quiet undertone or did it not exist at all? Or did the story have this quick nod and that's it? The feminist commentary felt like most of the rest of the story not enough if not even less than not enough. There is a few scenes of gender violence (among child abuse and just general violence) I do not know if it helped the story because it was not addressed. I will give it that quick nod said the most about feminism in racial conversations it gets forgotten nonetheless I cannot give the book points for itself pushing the feminism conversation to the back too.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Karen Mardahl

    I had never heard of the book on which this graphic novel is based, but the blurb on the graphic novel's cover sounded intriguing. It was. I had a sense of "V for Vendetta" and Jo Walton's Farthing series while reading about this dystopian world. Turning a known world upside down for your story does shake up your readers. I assume the book has a lot more details, but I think the graphic medium conveys the main messages very well. (view spoiler)[Some of the transitions feel a bit too abrupt, and I I had never heard of the book on which this graphic novel is based, but the blurb on the graphic novel's cover sounded intriguing. It was. I had a sense of "V for Vendetta" and Jo Walton's Farthing series while reading about this dystopian world. Turning a known world upside down for your story does shake up your readers. I assume the book has a lot more details, but I think the graphic medium conveys the main messages very well. (view spoiler)[Some of the transitions feel a bit too abrupt, and I assume they are explained more in the book. Callum joins the Liberation Militia after Sephy goes to Chivers and is cold toward Sephy when he lures her into an ambush 2 years later. A lot can happen in 2 years, but the graphic novel doesn't really explain how so it felt abrupt. I was also uncertain whether Ryan or Jude are truly guilty of the bombing. In one frame, it sounded like Ryan did make the bomb and Jude's fingerprints were accidentally on some of the material. In other frames, it sounded like Ryan was totally innocent. However, the ambiguity could be intentional. How many people in real life are set up and accused of crimes simply due to their skin color? They never have a chance so guilt or innocence are possibly irrelevant - that could be what Malorie Blackman is trying to say. My first reaction when reading was that the graphic novel had a glitch. When writing these thoughts, I realised the ambiguity could be intentional so I leave it at that - and that is actually OK.(view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)]

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amy Alice

    Graphic Novel, Children's Literature Graphic novel of the AMAZING first book in the Noughts and Crosses trilogy by Malorie Blackman. I picked this up because it is basically the only adaptation that I have not seen of this novel. It is excellent. I didn't care for the cartoon style giving everyone abs if we were meant to like them, and normal bodies if we weren't. That made me uncomfortable. And the fact that it is so quick to read stops you from getting as entwined with the couple as the book do Graphic Novel, Children's Literature Graphic novel of the AMAZING first book in the Noughts and Crosses trilogy by Malorie Blackman. I picked this up because it is basically the only adaptation that I have not seen of this novel. It is excellent. I didn't care for the cartoon style giving everyone abs if we were meant to like them, and normal bodies if we weren't. That made me uncomfortable. And the fact that it is so quick to read stops you from getting as entwined with the couple as the book does, which made some of the scenes appear to be a bit random? The beauty of Blackman's writing in the original is that the emotion she writes about makes everything seem natural, or understandable, at least. This lacked that. However, I still loved it and cried at the end. But read the books instead of the GN.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kate Henderson

    Ok, so I’ve been a fan of the noughts and crosses books ever since I was a kid when the first book came out. I have read every book within the series (to date... I know Malorie is doing one more!) all of the books are 4 or 5 star reads to me. I came across this graphic novel at last years YALC and was immediately intrigued. Finally got around to reading it to coincide with the TV series being aired. So they’ve massively reduced bits within this graphic novel, very rushed and doesn’t have the sam Ok, so I’ve been a fan of the noughts and crosses books ever since I was a kid when the first book came out. I have read every book within the series (to date... I know Malorie is doing one more!) all of the books are 4 or 5 star reads to me. I came across this graphic novel at last years YALC and was immediately intrigued. Finally got around to reading it to coincide with the TV series being aired. So they’ve massively reduced bits within this graphic novel, very rushed and doesn’t have the same heart as the book or tv show but nevertheless the story still wins and therefore i did enjoy it. However I urge everyone to read the book first!!! Nothing beats it!! Then if you want more then go to the TV show, and then if you want more of a fix go with this graphic novel. But please please please read the book/s first!!’ This is no substitute for the original novel!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Miss Wilson

    A story full of family issues, racial issues. abuse and alcoholism, tied up with political and guerilla power as well as a 'Romeo & Juliet' secret love. The character I liked least was Mrs McGregor who seemed too weak and indecisive. Naturally, I disliked Mr Hadley for constantly putting his career above his own child. There's definitely a pessimistic outlook: "Trying to change the world using violence, you’ll just swap one form of injustice for another" and "we'll always find a way to mess it u A story full of family issues, racial issues. abuse and alcoholism, tied up with political and guerilla power as well as a 'Romeo & Juliet' secret love. The character I liked least was Mrs McGregor who seemed too weak and indecisive. Naturally, I disliked Mr Hadley for constantly putting his career above his own child. There's definitely a pessimistic outlook: "Trying to change the world using violence, you’ll just swap one form of injustice for another" and "we'll always find a way to mess it up, doesn't matter who's in charge." Optimism was shown temporarily via the illustrations of Sephy and Callum together in silhouette.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Elle Kay

    An amazing provocative tale of two lovers in a world fueled by racial tension and violence. A world where history has been reversed and the black population, the crosses, have the power and use it to keep the noughts, the white population, in their place. This one will really make you think. Apparently adapted from a novel so I can’t compare the versions except to say that this read feels complete and well written.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dan Allbery

    Two years ago I read Malorie Blackman's original "Noughts & Crosses." It was powerful to see a world where the racial-power balance was flipped. I was excited to see it in graphic novel form and enjoyed the illustrator's decision to make it black and white. I do think some of the novel's power was lost when converting it into a graphic novel. However, it was still a good read. Recommend for high school students. Two years ago I read Malorie Blackman's original "Noughts & Crosses." It was powerful to see a world where the racial-power balance was flipped. I was excited to see it in graphic novel form and enjoyed the illustrator's decision to make it black and white. I do think some of the novel's power was lost when converting it into a graphic novel. However, it was still a good read. Recommend for high school students.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Bonnington

    I read the original novel ten years ago or so, and wanted to refresh my memory before starting the sequel. I'm so glad I re-read this; the novel has adapted really well to graphic novel format, and I really enjoyed seeing the characters grow up over the years. Reading it in this format was quite a different experience - for instance, the racial caste of the characters comes across much more strongly in the graphic novel in my opinion. I can't wait to read the rest of the series!

  23. 4 out of 5

    David Wardrop

    Such a simple premise a role reversal black people in power white people as an underclass and from this can come a powerful story. At first I thought it was a unique take on Romeo & Juliet but Malorie Blackman has created something all her own. This is a book that should be read on Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 15th. Such a simple premise a role reversal black people in power white people as an underclass and from this can come a powerful story. At first I thought it was a unique take on Romeo & Juliet but Malorie Blackman has created something all her own. This is a book that should be read on Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 15th.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Steuer

    I relatively enjoyed this book, the flow was consistent and the themes it represented were impactful to the reader. My biggest flaws were maybe a bit of character development for a few characters, and that the art style wasn't wow'ing. I would probably read the book over the graphic novel but this was quick, and easy to read for anyone who wants to get a brief on the series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Maya

    I can’t believe that this was my first graphic novel! It was absolutely amazing. It was fast paced and packed and emotional punch. I have not read the original so I was wondering is this a graphic novel a bind up of all of the books in the series or only the first book, if so is there another graphic novel?

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tia

    I absolutely loveddddd this. I haven’t read the book but I fancied reading a comic and that’s the one that caught my eye but I would like to read the book in the future. The book made me feel emotion at times but I loved the drawings and the plot and just the characters I loved them. It makes me wish I had a best friend at like 5 😩.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sherry Bolton-Phillips

    I really enjoyed this graphic masterpiece! It is a testament to the immense possibility of what a graphic novel can be! I thoroughly appreciated the premise - which forces the reader to see the obvious stupidity inherent in racism. I also understand the need for the ending. The whole thing leaves you unsettled and thinking. Bravo!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sofia

    omg FUCK * hysterically crying* this was so good, I HAVE to read the book. I don’t know how true this graphic novel was to the actual book, but this messed me up so much. it is so true to our history and also current events. god may save us all

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jodie Warner

    I think I really need to read the original to see how true his adaptation is. A powerful story, told with simple graphics, about the noughts, the inferior whites, in a society ruled by the powerful black crosses.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Maziah

    An adaptation of one of the first books to make me stay up all night to finish reading, way back in my teenage years. The graphics are beautiful but the story somehow felt like it ended abruptly and with less of the emotional impact of the novel itself. Still a good read though.

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