#SciFiMonth Shelf Control #47 & Reading Right Now 13/11/19


Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves created and hosted by Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out Lisa’s introductory post, here.

by Malorie Blackman

Years have passed since the love between Sephy – a Cross – and Callum – a Nought – destroyed their world and changed their families and society forever.

Society appears to be very different now. For the first time ever, a Nought Prime Minister – Tobey Durbridge – is in power. Race and class don’t divide people anymore. But things are never really that easy.

Because Tobey’s just been framed for murder, and the only way to free himself is to turn to his oldest friend – Callie-Rose.

Their families divisions run deep, and when two young people are kidnapped, their lives and everything they’ve fought for are put in the firing line.

And when you’re playing a game as dangerous as this one, it won’t be long before someone gets caught in the crossfire…

Noughts & Crosses is still one of my favourite books of all time, which I first read when I was around 14 or 15, and this series is one that’s stayed with me since. When I heard Malorie Blackman was releasing another book in this world – it’s described as dystopian, but it’s almost an alternate history in a world very like our own where white people, not black people, have faced years of oppression because of the colour of their skin – I knew I’d end up getting my hands on a copy.

I picked a copy up fairly recently after coming across it in my local Waterstones; I read the first couple of pages and immediately found myself pulled back into this world with these characters I haven’t seen for years. As it’s Sci Fi Month right now, I have the perfect excuse to read and review it!

Which series do you love that you know will always pull you back in for more?




I finally got around to reading Becky Chambers’ first novella, To Be Taught, If Fortunate, and I really enjoyed it. I love Chambers’ quiet approach to sci-fi and, having now read something outside of her Wayfarers books, I know for certain that she’s one of my favourite sci-fi authors.


I’ve been meaning to read Doomsday Book for years, so I finally decided to pick it up and I’m hoping it might become a new favourite. I’ve been in the mood for some historical fiction lately, but as I’m trying to read as much sci-fi as I can this month I’m hoping this will be the perfect way for me to scratch that itch!


I haven’t read any Christina Henry yet, but I’m intrigued by The Girl in Red because it’s a post-apocalyptic retelling of Little Red Cap and 2019 has been a year of great retellings for me so far. I found a copy of this one in my library, so I’d like to read it soon so I can return it before it’s due back.

What are you reading right now?

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