‘Knife Edge’ by Malorie Blackman [Book Review]

With my Currently Reading pile spiralling out of control, I am making a concerted effort to reduce the stack by the end of the year. One of the 25 books I started but hadn’t finished was Knife Edge by Malorie Blackman. A couple of days ago I picked it up again, and absolutely flew through it for the 2017 Reading Challenge.

Title: Knife Edge
Author: Malorie Blackman
Released: 2004
Pages: 364
Category: #5 A book by a person of colour
Rating: 8/10

Review:
“There are no such things as friends. Just acquaintances who haven’t let you down yet.”

Set in a dystopian 21st century Britain, the second in the Noughts and Crosses quadrilogy picks up where its predecessor left off. As with the first in the series, the book is told through multiple perspectives, but focuses heavily on Sephy and Jude (with snippets of Jasmine and Meggie) coming to terms with their new lives following the devastation caused in book one.

Blackman is an incredible storyteller. This no holes barred tale makes for shocking yet compulsive reading. Whilst the plot is slower moving than Noughts and Crosses, this volume allows the reader greater insight into the emotional responses of the characters, and helps to set up the conclusion to the series.

Having first read this series ten years ago, when I was twelve or thirteen (it was my introduction to YA before YA really existed), it’s fair to say that it was just as powerful upon rereading (and sadly more politically relevant). My love for these books is unwavering, and all I want to do now is begin Checkmate (stuff those other 24 books!)

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