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Giveaway dates: Sep 10 - Sep 24, 2019
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The book follows high school student Kiera, who developed the game SLAY in an effort to carve out a space for Black gamers, after having to deal with the racism prevalent in the gaming world. With half a million users, it’s a community for and of Black gamers coming to ...more
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SLAY, on the surface, is everything I want to read about in a book. STEM heroine, science-fictiony elements, video games, diverse rep, real world issues, and political/feminist dialogues. Below the surface, however, are several Issue Sharks™ swimming and circling and waiting for me to dive down below and check it out so they can chew up my expectations to ribbons.
Did my expectations become sad, tattered ribbons of disappointment? No. But ...more
This is inspired by Black Panther and sounds so awesome that I'm just a bunch of exclamation points right now re: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Aside from that, this book is just a piece of art! The thought and world building in the game alone. THOSE CARDS FRIGGING SENT ME! Can we actually have this game please? PLEAS ...more
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. As a Black woman I appreciate the depth of this novel and I'm sitting here reeling as it is Brittney Morris's first novel. I will certainly be buying copies of this book for the Kieras in my circle. Waiting with baite ...more
SLAY digs into some incredibly difficult topics, but does so with poise ...more
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 video game itself just isn't plausible.
The protagonist, Kiera, is a hard-working student with high grades who created and now maintains SLAY without her parents or anyone else knowing. I had so many questions that made it imposs ...more
Before I get to that, I will address all the positives :)
Kiera Johnson or "Emerald" - a teen game developer of an online game called ...more
I knew when I saw this that I wanted to get my hands on this, so I actually requested this in two different places - just incase! I mean it was marketed as Warcross meets Black Panther - yes please! Thankfully Simon and Schuster was lovely enough to send me a phy ...more
Slay is fresh, exciting, and perfectly placed in time when the discussion of what safe spaces are and who deserves them is taking place nationally and internationally. Hundreds of thousands of people have found a safe place in the video game Slay, and the feeling of that spa ...more
cw: a Black teenager - not one of the central protagonists - is murdered; the violence is not described.
I've been gaming since Atari and Sierra games on the Apple IIgs. One of the magical things Morris has done with this glorious gamer nerd book is make me repeatedly nostalgic for so many of my favourite games over the years: my first LPMud, Asheron's Call, Aion, some of the truly excellent releases of World of War ...more
I had a lot of feelings about this book, almost all of them mixed, but I came to the conclusion that although this book is for me in some ways, in many ways it is not. I'm a black, queer woman and over time I have come to terms with each of those identities separately and as a whole. It took a while, all of high school and coll ...more
For fans of: On the Come Up by Angie Thomas, Warcross by Marie Lu, Black Panther: World of Wa ...more
This should be prefaced with the fact that: This book was not written for me. But with that said, I enjoyed this a fair bit!
Some things I loved:
+ Brittney Morris's writing is easy to get into! Very well-paced, and the words read smooth.
+ I love the nuanced discussion on how different peop ...more
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 and nuances that exist within the black community. This book is undoubtedly going to be compared to The Hate U Give by virtue of being a book about a black girl and black culture. However, where The Hate U Give focuses ...more
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 in such a beautiful way. I literally want to shove this book into the hands of everyone I run into.
Kiera is a BAD. ASS. WOMAN that I absolutely stan. She is so casually successful. There aren't any questions raised as to ...more
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 parts of World of Warcraft, Yu Gi Oh, and black culture, and has gained thousands of fans from New Orleans to Egypt. But she hasn't told her friends, family, or boyfriend - they all have such strong opinions on how Africa ...more
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 too descriptive and had nothing to do with the overall story, or it was simply repetitive (as most of this story was).
It’s rare for me to hear about a book way before publication & want to read it so badly that I actually contact the publisher for an ARC, but alas, I needed SLAY & am so thankful for Simon Pulse for letting me review this book! I had a few issues with it, but they’re so extremely minor; I’d say this book definitely met my expectations.
SLAY, as can be expected, raises a lot ...more
Kiera is an honours student and seems pretty certain where things are going. But she has a secret that she doesn’t feel comfortable sharing. She has designed and co-created a digital world where members can form a community...a game called SLAY.
In this world, black game players don’t have to worry about online trolling and racist abuse. The moves they can use are part of black culture, and Kiera sees t ...more