Checkmate by Malorie Blackman

Book 3 of the Noughts and Crosses series

The story picks up from where it left off. Callie-Rose is a bit older now and we welcome back the old characters  – Sephy, Meggie, Jasmine and we see the introduction of some new characters.

As Callie-Rose gets older she starts asking questions about her Dad, who was he? Was she like him? How did she die? But tensions rise in the Sephy-Meggie household when Sephy lies and comes out with that Callum was a gardener instead of who he really was.

Sephy had the best intentions as she wanted to protect her daughter, however when someone gets in there with their version of the “truth” Callie turns to the Liberation Militia thanks to her Uncle Jude to finish what her father started.

Convinced that Uncle Jude is the only one who tells her the truth, Callie agrees to carry out the mission he had planned for her. Being young Callie is a bit naïve, she really believes Uncle Jude, unfortunately, Jude’s soul of full of hate, it is something he will never pass and although he tries to love he just can’t. The world has destroyed him. Does Jude want a relationship with Callie or is he just using her?

As we continue to follow Callie-Rose’s life we see her relationship with her Mum, Sephy, her boyfriends and her place in the society as Callie-Rose is neither Cross nor Nought. Her best friend Tobey has got her back, and although he succeeds in winding her up, she confides in him about her life. They even go to the same Cross high school together – Tobey had gotten a scholarship whilst Callie’s Nana Jasmine paid for her school fees.

When Sephy discovers Callie- Rose’s plan, she confides in her mother. Jasmine takes matters into her own hands. Now a devoted mother and grandmother, Jasmine is determined to get Sephy and Callie’s relationship back on track by locking them in the cellar. Will Sephy finally reveal the truth to Callie?

Meanwhile the Nana’s hatch a plan to save Callie from the LM. Jasmine will do whatever it takes to ensure Callie is happy and safe. She knows that if Callie ends up in the LM it will only lead to danger after all Jude is bitter and twisted.

Jasmine knows that she doesn’t have long on this earth but she must protect her Granddaughter at all costs, even if she does confront the LM with the bomb Callie made.

Checkmate is book 3 of the Noughts and Crosses series. Sometimes it can be tricky to come up with an engaging storyline when it is book number 3, but Checkmate delivers on every occasion.

I love the fact that we see the characters growing up and how they deal with life. I feel like Sephy has got wiser as she has got older and although she has not done right by telling her daughter what really happened, her heart is in the right place. We feel a bit sorry for Sephy as she has been through a lot and although her relationship with Callie is hanging by a thread, she meets someone! After all these years Sephy finally lets Callum go…

Please note that due to some of the content, it might not be suitable for young readers like the previous book where. However, if your children insist, I would recommend asking you as a parent to read it first.

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