Endgame by Malorie Blackman

Written by Lois Hilton

Hello bookworms! Hope you are all having a good month and have been reading lots. Some of you may remember my first book blog ever, where I reviewed Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses series. Recently, she released the FINAL book of the series, and I thought, why not review it? I finished it this morning, so I decided to share my thoughts on it 😊.

This book takes place directly after the last book, Crossfire. I won’t spoil what happens in that book, just in case you haven’t had the chance to read it, but the book ends on ‘to be continued’. I remember reading this over a year ago and being very annoyed, because the next book wasn’t out yet! Luckily, now you won’t have to wait that long, and you can probably read them side by side.

Endgame takes a different approach than the other books. It has more mysterious elements as they try and find out who killed a certain person (sorry for being so vague, I don’t want to ruin the book for you). It still sticks to the alternating narrative, with more characters taking it in turns to show their perspective. If you read this book, I would recommend paying attention to who the character speaking is, just so that you make sure you know exactly whose opinion it is – sometimes I got characters confused and who said what so it’s worth making sure! It also has integrated news articles, that are both relevant to the story and current events that are playing out in society today; and an unknown voice taking on some chapters. This makes the book evermore gripping, and I never really liked putting the book down.

The chapters are a mixture between long and short – some just a page where others are 20. It also has some ‘then’ and ‘now’ sections towards the beginning, to give the reader some background information on the situation taking place. This gives a good place to stop if you need to go and do something, as well as clearly distinguishing the difference between the developments of the characters.

I ABSOLUTELY LOVED this book. When I finished it and certain sad events had played out, I found myself instead of crying, which normally happens, feeling empty and hollow. What I expect will happen is that it will all come out later today! I can’t really fault this book, or any of Blackman’s for that matter: the only thing I wished is that more books will come, but that’s not going to happen. Either way, these books will always have a place in my heart, and I will be forever recommending them.

So, here is my review of Endgame by Malorie Blackman. Do you have any books that you hold dear to your heart as well? I would love to hear about them! Send them in for the chance to be on our website and receive a badge! Here is a link for more information: https://www.girlguidinglaser.org.uk/challenges/report-for-the-hive.

Happy reading and I’ll see you next month 😊.

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