SLAY

SLAY

By day, seventeen-year-old Kiera Johnson is an honors student, a math tutor, and one of the only Black kids at Jefferson Academy. But at home, she joins hundreds of thousands of Black gamers who duel worldwide as Nubian personas in the secret multiplayer online role-playing card game, SLAY. No one knows Kiera is the game developer, not her friends, her family, not even her By day, seventeen-year-old Kiera Johnson is an honors student, a math tutor, and one of the only Black kids at Jefferson ...

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Title:SLAY
Author:Brittney Morris
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Genres:Young Adult
ISBN:Slay
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

SLAY Reviews

  • Cherie
    Jun 12, 2019
    Black power meets coding and video games meets feminism. No one - not even her family or her boyfriend - knows that Kiera is really the creator of a popular video game designed for black people - but what happens when someone is murdered bc of her game - and the call is out to find the...
  • Rebecca
    Jan 03, 2019
    According to my Book Riot newsletter, this was pitched as Ready Player One meets The Hate U Give . . . . ...
  • Nic
    Jun 01, 2019
    I got an ARC of this at Book Expo! Woo! I found this book fascinating and gripping. Keira's passion for and pride in the game she's created really shine, and I like seeing the chapter's from different players' points of view so we get a look at how the game SLAY has impacted people ...
  • Kim
    Jun 11, 2019
    tl;dr: I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK! My inner gamer nerd is over the moon. cw: a Black teenager - not one of the central protagonists - is murdered; the violence is not described. GAMER NERD I've been gaming since Atari and Sierra games on the Apple IIgs. One of the magical things...
  • Sami
    Mar 16, 2019
    The Warcross/Black Panther mash-up I didn't know I needed. SLAY hits so many marks of a great YA book: it's thoughtful, brilliant, funny, and emotional. The dichotomy between Kiera's two lives and her relationships with her white friends and her black boyfriend is complex and nuanced b...
  • Moira Smith
    Jun 03, 2019
    I opened this book and read it straight through. The story is fascinating and thought-provoking, the characters are (almost) all multi-layered, and the journey is satisfying. The only quibble I have is with Malcolm, as we don?t get to see the side of him Keira describes. But overall ...
  • Nicole
    Apr 06, 2019
    How do I give this book more than 5 stars? Thank you Queen Brittney Morris. ...
  • Rae Swain
    Jun 07, 2019
    I received this Arc from Simon Pulse at BookCon! 4.5!!! SLAY is SO important for everyone to read, but especially for those black girls (like me in high school before I found my people who also liked video games & anime) who felt like we had no special places in the gaming w...
  • Ciera
    Jun 11, 2019
    We are a diaspora. We span hundreds of shades, religions, traditions, and cultural nuances. If you don't understand what some of these cards mean, blame the slave trade. I had a lot of feelings about this book, almost all of them mixed, but I came to the conclusion that although t...
  • Jackie
    Sep 23, 2018
    I was privileged enough to beta-read this novel as is was getting sent to publishers. I was delighted to learn that it found a home with Simon Pulse and that more readers will have the opportunity to read this wonderful book! Slay is fresh, exciting, and perfectly placed in time whe...
  • Sana
    Sep 18, 2018
    UMM THIS COVER IS FIIIIIRE AND HELL YEAH TO GIRLS WEARING GLASSES ON COVERS \O/ ---------------------- This is inspired by Black Panther and sounds so awesome that I'm just a bunch of exclamation points right now re: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! More info about it here ...
  • Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)
    May 29, 2019
    When I first started reading the synopsis and saw Ready Player One and The Hate U Give, I knew that I needed to have this book now! This one sounds like it is going to be an intense edge of your seat kind of read. The concept is fantastic and I look forward to learning more about Kiera...
  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    Nov 23, 2018
    I need more books about gamer girls in my life and a badass black gamer girl who creates her own video game and takes some racist POS to task? YES. PLEASE. ...
  • Max Baker
    Mar 14, 2019
    Thank you Edelweiss for providing me a free review copy in exchange for an honest review Slay is one of those books that is unapologetically black. It's not afraid to showcase different aspects of black culture and black excellence, but isn't afraid to bite into a variety of issues ...
  • Vanessa
    Mar 06, 2019
    Yay! I'm excited for this. But I don't know why the murder subplot is necessary. Nonetheless, this looks EPIC. ...
  • Dylan
    Mar 07, 2019
    oh my god i need this ...
  • Avalon
    Jun 06, 2019
    I was actually a little disappointed with this book, but only at first. The description made it sound a lot like Ready Player One (which is one of my favorite books), and I was expecting a lot more of time spent in the virtual realm. I was also a bit surprised by how the duels were p...
  • Genee
    Jun 13, 2019
    *Spoiler Alert* Kiera is a genius female gamer that feels ostracized in the gaming community for being black and decides to make a VR game exclusively for people of color; celebrating, connecting and educating it's player's aka Slayers about all black culture. However, trouble star...
  • Sara Tucker
    Jun 07, 2019
    I finished this in one sitting on a plane, and wow is it wonderful. Inspired by the energy of the opening night of Black Panther, Morris offers readers an important and fun new work of fiction that?s part The Hate U Give and part Ready Player One . High school student Kiera Joh...
  • Rachel Strolle
    Mar 10, 2019
    wowza ...
  • Liselle Sambury
    Jun 07, 2019
    I was lucky to get an advance copy at BookCon and this book is wonderful. It?s an amazing combination of entertainment and heartfelt moments. I love seeing black girls in STEM celebrated and this book also touched on how connected with social justice teens today are even as they keep...
  • Teresa
    Dec 10, 2018
    I was lucky enough to receive a manuscript of this book and all I can say is that it while this book was slow (for me) to start, once it took off I couldn't put it down. I was held captive by the world that Brittany Morris created..both the real world and the virtual world in this book...
  • Alyssa
    Apr 15, 2019
    This book will quickly join the ranks of books such as "The Hate U Give" and "Children of Blood and Bone". The discussion of our right to safe spaces is relevant and real and will resonate cross culturally. Slay is a book about a girl who feels ostracized from the gaming community ...
  • emmy
    May 12, 2019
    Full review will be posted at https://booksbeyondbinaries.blog/2019... on May 13 at noon. ...
  • Leila
    Jun 03, 2019
    *I received an arc from Book Con. Yes yes yes! Slay is everything I needed and SO MUCH MORe. Being black doesn't refer to one single type of person. We are a diverse group of people with different backgrounds, languages, hair types, triumphs and dreams. This book captures that...
  • Kelsey
    May 06, 2019
    You are a queen, and this is your game. SLAY is fun, poignant, wicked smart, and absolutely ferocious. Kiera is, frankly, Girl Genius. At 17, she's created the MMORPG "SLAY", as a place to have fun, feel safe, and express herself online. SLAY is a VR game that combines the best...
  • Suzanne Park
    May 31, 2019
    Ambitious, thought-provoking, groundbreaking. Beautifully black in so many ways. I loved this book for so many reasons: Kiera was such a compelling protagonist, the multiple POV narration was surprising-- but I really enjoyed it, and the games were so tense! Bellevue, Washington as ...
  • Megan
    May 11, 2019
    This book was not made for me, but that's okay--that's kind of the point. As a white person, I'm so very rarely the person on the outside looking in, and so it's good and important and wonderful that I felt that way while reading this. I'm meant to be aware that I'm in a space not buil...
  • Ivy
    Jan 30, 2019
    READY PLAYER ONE m e e t s THE HATE U GIVE? Ya got me, Brittney. ...
  • Brittney Morris
    Jan 09, 2019
    I mean, I think it's pretty cool. ...