Knife Edge

Knife Edge

by Malorie Blackman


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ISBN-13: 9780552548922
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Limited
Publication date: 08/23/2005
Edition description: New
Pages: 449
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Malorie Blackman pursued computer science before becoming a full-time writer. She gained phenomenal success with her first book, Hacker, which won two major UK children's awards, and has gone on to write a number of other award-winning children's books. An avid reader, musician, cineaste, and Net surfer in her spare time, Malorie lives in South London with her husband and their daughter, Elizabeth.

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Knife Edge 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
MrsHillReads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't like this as much as I liked Black & White. The message about race seemed very heavy-handed and I didn't like the ending. Obviously there is to be a sequel; but there were still too many loose ends in this book.
jayne_charles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
These days it's cool to be reading teen books when , to well past your teens as I am. Always intended to read on in this trilogy, but I really should not have left it three years after reading the first - it took a while before the plot came back to me, and all the way through it kept referring to events in the previous book that I could barely remember.That said, this would probably just about work as a stand-alone novel. It's written in a simple, direct style, and has less twists and turns than the first but a comparable dollop of violence on the side. The viewpoint shifts from chapter to chapter, all the chapters are short and and to the point, and are finished off with a punchy statement of defiance (along the lines of 'I was going to kick his head if it was the last thing I did'....), all it needed to top it off in each case was the drumbeat that heralds the credits in EastEnders.The main value of these books, for me, was the theme of racial prejudice, the clever way in which it is turnedf on its head in the imaginary country in which the stories are set, to make white people the ones discriminated against. Again and again it demonstrates small ways in which a racial group can be treated badly, but nobody thinks anything of it - from patronising tokenism in soap operas to the colour of sticking plasters. It is as though the author is exposing the individual atoms that build up to form rcial prejudice and inequality of opportunity, and it provides food for thought for everyone.
cinf0master on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Now an 18-year-old single parent, Persephone (Sephy) Hadley is raising her inter-racial daughter in a sharply divided alternate England, where black Crosses suppress the white Naughts. She faces pressure from both her less than understanding Cross family, her disintegrating Naught family, and everyone in between. When her brother-in-law¿s violent behavior leads to murder, Sephy provides a false alibi to save Jude, but doing so irreparably damages other lives. Second in Blackman¿s trilogy, this work presents similar themes with the same lack of subtlety that dominated the first work; Blackman¿s approach to communicating racism is to change instances of black disenfranchisement to white. The most popular white rocker is actually black; white performers must use the back doors to enter venues; popular desserts have racist names. Such a heavy hand leaves readers alienated from the dark history of racism. Jude and Sephy dominate the narrative, though occasionally other voices are included. Stiff language and murky motivation hampers the thin characters from generating emotional suspense. Woodson¿s If you come softly (1998) and Krishner¿s Spite Fences (1994) address very similar issues, but with rich characters and taut feeling.
brokenangelkisses on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
From the beginning, this is a sad tale as it follows Jude, a nought who has tried to make himself invulnerable by ceasing to feel or care, and Sephy, a Cross who is struggling to come to terms with her life. She is alone except for her new baby and generally despised by her community for giving birth to a `halfer¿ child.Although the mood is sad and tense initially, there are moments which suggest positive possibilities for some kind of resolution until two fifths of the way through when two deeply shocking and traumatic events occur. From then on, Jude is set on a path of total destruction and Sephy loses all hope for the future. Thereafter almost relentlessly bleak and depressing, this is not a novel that can be treated lightly.Blackman emphasises the increasing agony of her central characters by moving through the colour spectrum, from red to violet: from anger to despair. Possible new ventures wither for Sephy and Jude¿s malevolence is stunning. The ending, while leaving Sephy¿s ultimate intentions ambiguous, will leave you reeling. The warning on the back cover should be adhered to: this book is `not suitable for younger readers¿. This is a sequel which I would recommend reading swiftly to allow you to turn to the final book in the trilogy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't believe this isn't available on nook. Why make the first available but not the second. Seriously?
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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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k8e27 More than 1 year ago
Malorie Blackman's work are fantastic. She takes you into the minds of all the characters from telling chapters from different people's point of view. THere is very a dull moment with these book,s they are impossible to put and yes i understand that they can be hard to find, but when you do, they are totally worth it!!
PLEASE get this book, I know you'll enjoy it and want to give it to all your friends!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
after reading noughts and crosses i just had to read the next one.i just finished reading knife edge and it is great i couldnt put it down the book leaves you wanting more and you cant wait to read the next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved this book it was thrilling and jude my favie,so sad the callum had died but i think sephy is so stong the best book ever...!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just when you think this book can't get any more depressing it does. The main character's life goes from bad to worse to worst. I wonder how an author can make over three hundred pages of complete tragedy.