- Taschenbuch: 512 Seiten
- Verlag: Corgi; Auflage: New Ed (22. August 2006)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0552551945
- ISBN-13: 978-0552551946
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: 12 - 17 Jahre
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14,7 x 5,1 x 20,6 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 215.271 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Checkmate (Noughts And Crosses, Band 3) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 22. August 2006
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“Blackman’s style is expertly tailored to the needs of teenage readers.”
–Times Educational Supplement
Can the future ever erase the past? Rose has a Cross mother and a nought father in a society where the pale-skinned noughts are treated as inferiors and those with dual heritage face a life-long battle against deep-rooted prejudices. Sephy, her mother, has told Rose virtually nothing about her father, but as Rose grows into a young adult, she unexpectedly discovers the truth about her parentage, and becomes determined to find out more, to honour both sides of her heritage. But her father's family has a complicated history - one tied up with the fight for equality for the nought population. And as Rose takes her first steps away from Sephy and into this world, she finds herself drawn inexorably into more and more danger. Suddenly, it's a game of very high stakes that can only have one winner...Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Had history taken a different course we would be living in Blackman's imagined world today. The story touches ever valid issues from an incredibly innovative perspective.
This is one of the most brilliant and unputdownable series of books I have ever read and I am a voracious reader,mind you.
If the story of Sephy and Callum and their families fails to move you get your emotional range checked.
But I am sure this stunning and thrilling story will have a profound emotional impact on anyone who has a heart.This series is totally for keeps,and one reading is not enough!
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I definitely should not have waited so long to read CHECKMATE. I often had to pause and remember what had happened in previous books in order to not be confused. And while I liked the book, I did not love it as much as the previous books, but I think if I'd read it while the others were still fresh in my mind I would have gotten a lot more out of it.
This books takes us through Callie Rose's life from age seven to age sixteen. As in the previous books, the short chapters are all told in first person, alternating between characters - Callie Rose, her mother, Sephy, her grandmothers, Jasmine and Meggie, and her father's brother, Jude. In the early years, all Callie Rose knows about her father is that he was a gardener and died in a car accident while her mum was pregnant with her. But as she grows older, and particularly after Jude first makes contact with her, she begins to learn more about who her father really was, and finds herself drawn into the Liberation Militia and training to be a soldier under her uncle's command.
I think my biggest issue was that I found Sephy to now be a very unsympathetic character. She loves her daughter, but she cannot bring herself to show her daughter real affection. For example:
I was about to give Callie a hug, but I caught myself in time. I gave her a pat on the head and a kiss on the forehead instead.
'Mum, I'm not a dog who just retrieved a bone, thank you very much," Callie complained. (pg 237)
And she constantly thinks to herself that now is the time to tell her daughter the truth about her father, and then she lets the moment pass and doesn't do so. Of course, she has her reasons for both of these issues, misguided though they may be, but for most of the book I was angry and disappointed at her.
The last third of the book took me back into that mesmerized didn't want to put it down state, but for a 500 page book it took a while to get that drawn in.