Noughts & Crosses
Each of us has the power to give life meaning, to make out time and our bodies and our words into instruments of love and hope. Sephy is a Cross — a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. The two have been friends since early childhood. Until the first steps are taken towards more social equality and a limited number of Noughts are allowed into Cross schools… Against a background of prejudice and distrust, intensely highlighted by violent terrorist activity by Noughts, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum — a romance that is to lead both of them into terrible danger…. I cried at the end of Noughts and Crosses! Keep writing forever!
For more alternative history set in unpleasant regimes
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read., A dystopian Romeo and Juliet that makes eloquent statements about race relations and the burning passions of the teenage heart, Noughts and Crosses is absolutely pivotal in the evolution of the Young Adult novel. Sephy is a Cross: she lives a life of privilege and power.
The series describes an alternative history in which African people had gained a technological and organisational advantage over the European people , rather than the other way around, with Africans having made Europeans their slaves. The series takes place in an alternative 21st-century Britain. At the time of the series, slavery had been abolished for some time, but segregation, similar to the Jim Crow Laws, continues to operate to keep the crosses dark-skinned people in control of the noughts lighter-skinned people. An international organisation, the Pangaean Economic Community, exists. Seeming to be similar to the United Nations in scope but similar to the European Union in powers, it is playing a role in forcing change by directives and boycotts. The book Noughts and Crosses is a dystopian fiction based in a 21st-century parallel universe.