Malorie Blackman is best known for her award-winning Noughts and Crosses series set in a society where the role of black and white people are reversed. It a powerful story loosely based on Romeo and Juliet about the love between Sephy ( a member of the dark-skinned ruling class) and Callum ( a ‘colourless’ member of the underclass) set against a racist backdrop. Even though it was first written in 2001 it still captivates readers today as you can tell by this review by Dina posted on August 30th, 2013 on Malorie Blackman’s official website:
“This is an amazing book, it has to be the best book I have ever read! It is so deep and moving I never knew a book can make me cry so much, it sticks with you, it has changed my view about life and relationships. This story will always be close to my heart. I recommend everyone to read it!”
So the latest novel Noble Conflict, has a lot to live up to but … it does not disappoint. This is another exciting story that has you rushing to read the next page. In Noble Conflict Malorie Blackman revisits the theme of the assumptions that majorities make about minorities. This is a novel about how there are always two sides to every conflict and a reminder that blind obedience does not necessarily result in a healthy society; asking questions, checking facts, and making no assumptions is a good thing. I also enjoyed the fact that one of the characters, Mac, was a Librarian with purple hair and that she played a valuable role in helping Kasper search for the truth using cool, semi-intelligent databots in cyberspace.
Noble Conflict also reminded me a little of The Bridge by Jane Higgins which is another very well written book about distrust and war based on misinformation.
Some Malorie Blackman trivia. Did you know that she is mentioned in the lyrics of “Written in the Stars” by Tinie Tempah?