Slay

Slay

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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 boyfriend, Malcolm, who believes video games are partially responsible for the "downfall of the Black man."

But when a teen in Kansas City is murdered over a dispute in the SLAY world, news of the game reaches mainstream media, and SLAY is labeled a racist, exclusionist, violent hub for thugs and criminals. Even worse, an anonymous troll infiltrates the game, threatening to sue Kiera for "anti-white discrimination."

Driven to save the only world in which she can be herself, Kiera must preserve her secret identity and harness what it means to be unapologetically Black in a world intimidated by Blackness. But can she protect her game without losing herself in the process?

Title:Slay
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781534445420
Format Type:

    Slay Reviews

  • Brittney Morris

    I mean, I think it's pretty cool....

  • Zo

    I had no idea what this was about going in, but it. was. so. good!...

  • emma

    HELLO, EVERYONE.I HAVE MAJOR NEWS.Did you know that we can have fascinating, creative, action-packed young adult narratives...AND complex discussion of social issues with deep nuance?IN ONE BOOK?!I di...

  • may ?

    — you can find this review and others on my blog! SLAY is a book that I think should be in everyone’s hands. It’s such an important read, and I think it’ll be an eye-opening experience for ...

  • destiny ??? [howling libraries]

    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....

  • Nenia ? I yeet my books back and forth ? Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestSLAY, on the surface, is everything I want to read about in a book. STEM heroine, science-fictiony elements, video games, diverse rep, real w...

  • C.G. Drews

    This whole book was so deeply fantastic. It's one of those ones where you have to remind yourself to like, unclench your JAW, because you're reading and stressing and loving the whole thing. I admit n...

  • Jananie (thisstoryaintover)

    SO FREAKIN GOOD. can't believe i was sleeping on this book for a year!! read this via the audiobook and absolutely LOVED the narrators. this book is filled with compelling and multi-faceted characters...

  • Lauren (The Novel Lush)

    I'm going to really work on this review so I'll probably edit it several times, but MY GOD this book is so fucking GOOD! So much of our culture packed in 300 some odd pages. Generations of Black nuanc...

  • Ms. Woc Reader

    I was excited to read this story because the premise seemed different. It was described as Ready Player One meets The Hate You Give which after reading I find a very accurate comparison. When I first ...