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

  • 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...
  • Melanie
    Jun 26, 2019
    White people have an obligation to bear witness to this story. This book explores levels of complexity in code-switching, racism, sexism, classism, sexism within racism, classism within racism, racism within racism, and what it means to be an ally that, as a white person, we can never ...
  • 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...
  • Kate
    Jul 18, 2019
    This is a super quick read with snappy writing that made things breeze by, in a very pleasant way. Kiera's a geeky girl hero who is very charming and a great role model for any young girl reading this, especially a young black girl. She's super smart and into STEM and has created a vid...
  • Whitney
    Jul 20, 2019
    I have no words to describe just how amazing, empowering, and important this book is. As a white chick, this book was not written for me in any kind of way but I loved it just the same. The characters are great, the sisterly love is wonderful, and the friendship is excellent. I learned...
  • 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 ...
  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    Jul 23, 2019
    2.5 stars from me (rounded up) This was tough for me to get through. I have so many thoughts and emotions about this one. There was just SO MUCH going on that it was hard to figure out what to focus on. I found myself skimming a good portion towards the end because it was either far...
  • Bang Bang Books
    Jul 05, 2019
    3.5 As I have stated in other reviews, I mostly read YA fantasy and when I read a YA contemporary I expect to be moved. I expect to learn something new; to laugh out loud; to cry; or to be inspired. If I don't get any of that from a contemporary, I'm not going to rate it high. I als...
  • Saloni
    Jul 04, 2019
    Thank you to Simon for providing me a copy of this book at BEA 2019! I absolutely loved this book and would give it 6 stars out of 5 if I could. It's been a long time since I've been this blown away by a book. First of all, let's give a round of applause for all the people of co...
  • 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
    I've been wavering between 3.5 and 4 stars since completing SLAY. It's basically a 4 star book but I have a HUGE gripe with the 'twist'. Not only do I have a gripe, it only gets addressed within the span of 2-3 pages. Even after a month, I still feel unsatisfied. I don't even know how ...
  • Michelle
    Jul 22, 2019
    Do you believe in love at first sight? I do now. I was lusting over the cover of this book when I saw it advertised for #Bookcon2019. But now that I have finally gotten my hands on it and gotten a chance to read it I know that this is the book that I wanted to read as a little girl....
  • zaheerah
    Jul 18, 2019
    A teen game developer finds herself facing an online troll after her Black Panther-inspired game reaches mainstream media and is labelled as exclusionary when a young Black boy is murdered over an online dispute. No one knows that Kiera Johnson, an honours student, runs the secret mult...
  • Dylan
    Mar 07, 2019
    oh my god i need this ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Claire ✨
    Jul 06, 2019
    In this mixed bag of novel, where the video game logistics don't make sense and the characters are boring, SLAY falls far short of slaying. Oh boy. Here's an accurate depiction of my reaction from the start of this book to the end: The biggest problem with SLAY is that the vi...
  • 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...
  • Lara Cowell
    Jul 01, 2019
    (Thanks to NetGalley, which kindly provided an ARC of Brittney Morris? debut novel.) Hailed by Entertainment Weekly as the ?YA debut we?re most excited for this year,? Brittney Morris? much-anticipated debut novel, Slay, lives up to its hype. Told via multiple narrative pe...
  • 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...
  • 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
    This book is a powerful debut that makes me extremely excited to see what Brittney Morris does next. The ending was the best part, the climax and conclusion equal parts action-packed, subversive and heartfelt. SLAY is a short and smart novel about the importance of freedom, pride and s...
  • Brittney Morris
    Jan 09, 2019
    I mean, I think it's pretty cool. ...