Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman explores segregation and race in a new way. In a dystopian society, Blackman imagines a world where Africans gained the upper hand over Europeans and have thrived separately as Noughts (whites) and Crosses (blacks). The novel is the first book of Blackman’s 5-part series. She explore how a society where a Jim Crow style segregation is in place, but the roles are switched; the blacks are in control of the whites. Blackman’s novel invites readers to consider the role reversal of history and to study interracial relationships.
A stage adaptation of Blackman’s novel toured in the UK in 2007 and 2008. BBC One has just announced that they will be turning Blackman’s novel into a drama series. Blackman says that she is “beyond thrilled” for the adaptation. The series is set to air next year.
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