Knife Edge

Knife Edge

Book rating: 04 Hardback

By (author) Malorie Blackman

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  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • Format: Hardback | 362 pages
  • Dimensions: 145mm x 216mm x 32mm | 458g
  • Publication date: 24 July 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1416900187
  • ISBN 13: 9781416900184
  • Sales rank: 1,177,569

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Persephone Hadley is six months pregnant with a mixed-race baby. In their society this fact alone will threaten the child's life every day. To make matters worse, the baby's father, Callum, is dead. He was hanged for terrorism months ago, but his presence still torments Sephy. And she's not alone. Callum's brother, Jude, blames Sephy for the death, and thirsts for revenge...in the form of her life. Obviously, Sephy is not fond of Jude, but when his actions take him to the brink of disaster, his life poised on a knife edge, can she stand by and do nothing? Will she be forced -- once again -- to take sides in a chilling racial drama?

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By TeensReadToo 20 Sep 2010 4

It's a disturbing world where blacks, the Crosses, are the over-privileged, and whites, the Noughts, are treated as unequal.

Sephy is a Nought who is also the mother of Callie Rose. Her husband, Callum, was a Cross but was murdered for taking part in the Liberation Militia. Then there is Jude, Callum's brother, the one person who is blaming Sephy for the death of his brother. However, Callum's mother isn't holding a grudge against Sephy.

The one thing on Jude's mind is to get revenge for his brother. And his first step is to get rid of Sephy.

Along the way both Jude and Sephy fall in love with other people: one to get access to money, while the other is just in contempt. But also along the way, both of their lives become even more complex, and even more damaged.

One will be helped, one will be betrayed, and only one will be overwhelmed by their current distress and do the unthinkable.

Dark, emotional, and extremely alarming, KNIFE EDGE gets us an inside look at a world separated by color and where hatred and violence flourishes. A great follow-up to NOUGHTS & CROSSES (re-released in paperback as BLACK & WHITE), Malorie Blackman continues to entice us with even more drama.

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"Relentless in its pace and power. . . devastatingly powerful." -"Guardian" Praise for "Noughts & Crosses": "An incredible novel that is as heart-rending as it is provocative." -- "The Bookseller"

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This thought-provoking and often provocative look at racism is a sequel to the award-winning Noughts & Crosses. For fourteen years, Sephy, a singer, struggles to raise her mixed-race child in an apartheid society, telling Callie Rose very little about her father, and trying to make her mark in the music business where she also has to deal with prejudice. But suddenly and dramatically, Callie discovers the truth about her parentage -- that her father, Callum, was hanged for terrorism! Can mother and daughter heal the rift that now opens between them? And can Callie ignore the pain of the past as she takes her own steps towards her future? This is a riveting and page-turning novel for ages twelve and up that will confirm Malorie Blackman's status as one of today's top authors for young readers. "From the Hardcover edition.