Checkmate is the third book in the Noughts and Crosses trilogy, intially thought to be the final one, but Malorie Blackman couldn't help writing another one, Double Cross. It was preceeded by Knife Edge and Noughts and Crosses. It is told mainly in the point of view of Callie Rose, Meggie, Jasmine Sephy and Jude.

Blurb Edit

Callie rose has a Cross mother and a Nought father in a society where the pale skinned Noughts are treated as inferiors and those with dual heritage face a life-long battle agasint deep-rooted prejudices.

Sephy, her mother has told Rose virtually nothing about her father , but when Rose unexpectedly discovers the truth about her parentage, she finds herself drawn into a dangerous, deadly game- a game of very high stakes that can only have one winner...

Plot Edit

This book describes the intensity of a mother-daughter relationship that was interfered with by the terrorist Uncle Jude. He convinces Callie-Rose to join the Liberation Militia, a group of noughts who organise and fundraise for terrorist attacks, which are always targeted on the resented Crosses.

It is set in modern day England, in the large stately mansion of the Cross Hadleys, and the small, modest home of the few remaining Mcgregors.

The main character is Sephy, although both Jude, Jasmine and Callie Rose have important roles.

Callie Rose knows little about who she is and who her family is, and only knows for facts (she thinks, anyway) these things:

Callum Mcgregor is a murderer. Callum Mcgregor is a rapist. Callum Mcgregor is a terrorist. Callum Mcgregor burns in hell.

The story changes narration throughout. It switches from Callie Rose, Jude, Meggie and Jasmine, which allows for full understanding of the characters' feelings and emotions.

Callie Rose goes through a journey in her life where she discovers her family's past, and uncovers many secrets concerning her mother and deceased father.