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SLAY: the Black Panther-inspired novel about virtual reality, safe spaces and celebrating your identity Kindle Edition
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“Gripping and timely.” —People
“The novel Black girl nerds have been waiting for.” —Refinery29
“Remarkable, innovative, heart-pounding.” —BuzzFeed
“Morris immerses readers in the world of gaming with her charged, timely, and witty debut.” —Entertainment Weekly
“[A] snappy YA debut.” —Washington Post
“Unlike anything out there . . . Easily the best debut novel of the year.” —Paste Magazine
“A book that knocks you off your feet while dropping the kind of knowledge that'll keep you down for the count. Prepare to BE slain.” —Nic Stone, New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin and Odd One Out
“More than a novel, SLAY is a conversation about safe spaces, why they’re necessary for minorities, and why we should champion their right to exist without being branded exclusionary or racist.” —Booklist, starred review
“[A] not-to-be-missed YA debut.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Morris does a fantastic job of showing diversity within the black community. . . . Gamers and black activists alike will be ready to SLAY all day.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Readers are invited to learn about the black experience in game culture through a compelling new lens. Exploring different versions of the African American experience, this is an important title for public and school libraries.” —School Library Journal
“Kiera is so many of us Blerds; and Morris has truly captured the holistic experiences of many Black digital users.” —The Horn Book
“Readers will cheer for Kiera as she slays her own demons, and they’ll come away from the novel desperately wishing SLAY were more than the product of Morris’ imagination.” —BookPage
“Offers a richly global perspective on the Black diaspora.” —BCCB
“Wildly entertaining and impressively insightful. Morris is absolutely an author to watch.” —Sara Grochowski, McLean and Eakin Booksellers (Petoskey, MI)
“I was captivated from the very first page and found myself quickly falling in love with Kiera but even more for what Kiera stood for. I cannot wait for more from Brittany Morris!” —Teresa Steele, Old Firehouse Books (Fort Collins, CO) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B07RTYP8KC
- Publisher : Hodder Children's Books; 1st edition (3 October 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 1734 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 338 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #35,430 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Slay is written by Brittany Morris. It is a book that styles itself as being a mix of ready player one meets the hate u give, although I feel like this book is still much more than that. It dives into racism in all forms and for me, this definitely makes it a must-read. I will be coming at this as both as an eye-opening experience in regards to racism and as a reader who enjoys playing video games.
Character Development: Really awesome, I loved the way Kiera grew throughout the story and I loved learning about Claire and Steph! Their relationships with each other were really well written and felt very real to me. I think my two issues was that Malcolm really never grew or learned throughout the book and I also wished we had a bit more of an insight into Wyatt to see how much he grew, I feel like this book focused more on the girl's development instead of it being more balanced which I would have preferred. 4/5
World Development: The world was gorgeously developed and I really loved learning about Slay, about coding, and about the world that the story is set in, regarding France and America. The way that Brittany wrote the world of slay tells me that she has played (and maybe coded?) video games as it was amazing! I loved learning about Black culture as I am trying to educate myself more so it was nice learning about it through this story. I loved the fact that we got representation for trans too 5/5
Pacing: I feel like the pacing of the book was a bit slow at the start but it quickly even out and became consistent throughout. I did feel like it went a bit too fast towards the end though and I wish it has slowed down a bit. 4/5
Language: There were a few things I struggled to understand, mostly due to the references to coding for example. There were times when some of the racist comments I got uncomfortable reading it but I understood its purpose to educate people and its important. Due to some of the language, I struggled to understand (maybe more of an explanation is needed just to make things clearer?) I give it 4/5
Plot Development: Loved it! I thought it was a really fun read and the concept was really well done in this book. 5/5
I believe that slay is a must-read for anyone not just for the education but also because it’s a really fun read that is really enjoyable. I am really looking forward to reading more from Brittany Morris!
= 5 stars!
Worth the money.