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SLAY

SLAY

Написано Brittney Morris

Озвучено Kiersey Clemons, Michael Boatman и Alexandra Grey


SLAY

Написано Brittney Morris

Озвучено Kiersey Clemons, Michael Boatman и Alexandra Grey

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8 hours
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Sep 24, 2019
ISBN:
9781508296065
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Ready Player One meets The Hate U Give in this dynamite debut novel that follows a fierce teen game developer as she battles a real-life troll intent on ruining the Black Panther-inspired video game she created and the safe community it represents for black gamers.

By day, 17-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?

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Sep 24, 2019
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9781508296065
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Brittney Morris is the author of SLAY and The Cost of Knowing. She is also the founder and former president of the Boston University Creative Writing Club. She holds a BA in economics. You can find her online at AuthorBrittneyMorris.com and on Twitter or Instagram @BrittneyMMorris.


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  • (4/5)
    My favourite part about the book is different prospective, where the parents are actually in the story and know about the people around the main character.
  • (5/5)
    Excellent book. A well written book that addresses racism, community and the gaming world. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author. I will be recommending to the young adults at my library.
  • (5/5)
    I really enjoyed this novel! It had a little bit of everything: social commentary, nerd girl, cool girl, strong black girl, smart black girl, confused black girl. The final chapter was a bit too tidy for me at the end. For me, that was its biggest weakness.
  • (5/5)
    Great book! Really excited to have something to pair along side Ready Player One. Main character is a female black teen game developer. I think many will relate to her or be interested in her character. Black culture is at the forefront here, which is also great. Fast read and very entertaining.
  • (4/5)
    I love the strength and struggle displayed in this book. I really enjoyed how the author addressed social justice issues (race & gender roles). Overall great read.
  • (3/5)
    If you’re willing to suspend reality to believe that a high school student programmed and manages an online, VR, dueling game played by hundreds of thousands of people around the world without her parents, sister or best friends knowledge then Slay may be the book for you. Kiera is that extraordinary character-- a social-justice-warrior-black student at a mostly white school dealing with college applications, tutoring her friends, dealing with a domineering boyfriend...oh, yeah, and running her extremely popular video game, Slay. Brittney Morris has done a really great job integrating a strong black identity theme into the book, and I loved the sprinkling of chapters voiced by other players, but at times her narrative gets waylaid by unnecessary (and dare I say...ridiculous?) plot points. Slay is an interesting first novel by an excellent author with a lot of important things to say that make it worth the time even with the missteps.
  • (4/5)
    SLAY by Brittney Morris is a young adult book featuring a "blacks-only" massive multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) created by high schooler Kiera. Having repeatedly experienced racism in popular MMORGs, she wanted to create a safe space that would both celebrate black culture and give blacks an exciting game of their own. After a player is murdered, the game gets accused of exclusionary racism, and her masked identity becomes the subject of fervent media interest. She has not let anyone, including her parents and judgmental boyfriend, know she's the developer and gamemaster. She wants to protect her beloved online community and her own privacy, but both are under threat.This was both an engaging read, with appealing game battles, and thought-provoking as to common problems experienced by black high schoolers in majority white situations. Even Kiera's close white friends thoughtlessly expect her to be "the voice of her people", and have trouble realizing there are as many different perspectives within the black community as in the white. There are some cardboard characters (including, unfortunately, her parents), but the book's strengths lie in showing diverse black perspectives and the fallacies even well-meaning whites fall prey to. This is a good one for thoughtful young videogamers, methinks, but even old farts can enjoy the story and the thoughts provoked.
  • (5/5)
    Really great read with great messages in between that intertwines virtual reality!
  • (5/5)
    I loved every minute of this book. Black excellence on every page.
  • (5/5)
    I really like this one. This game should be real.
  • (4/5)

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    Amazing! The description of it being a mix between Ready Player One and The Hate U Give is exactly what it is! It was an unexpected read but I’m really glad I read it!

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  • (5/5)
    I started this book Thursday morning at 11 am. I am now just finishing this book Friday evening at 11:56 pm!! THIS BOOK IS AMAZING!!! End of story. Period. Get you a copy, you wont regret it. And have a nice day! No, but seriously, I am beyond impressed with the writing in this book, it kept me entertained the whole way through and the plot twist I DID NOT see coming (I usually can see it a mile away)! Mrs. Morris used real life events in this book that makes it more intriguing; and can we also talk about the fact that we have black girls using coding and engineering in this book to develop their own vr game... talk about black girl magic! HIGHLY recommend any and everyone pick up this book, you'll cry, smile, laugh, and get mad. That makes for a fantastic read!
  • (5/5)

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    AMAZING!!! MUST-READ!! Very relevant and reflective of what is happening right now

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  • (5/5)

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    “SLAY” is an amazing art piece! A young black queen who not only games but creates worlds, fosters community and brave space for those who don’t find it in their every day lives. She does not take on this success by herself but is encouraged and supported by other black queens. I love this! I wish for this created world.

    Kiera is a revolutionary that takes up a very different mantle than what we’ve seen. She has a quiet resolve that doesn’t seek to be the voice or the face of a movement but seeks to provide a platform of expression and release. We need more characters like hers fight -isms in unexpected ways. Ways that won’t retraumatize readers but give them a release.

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    It took a while to get into "Slay" but I am so glad I persisted with it. Not only was it an action-packed read but it was also a wonderful testament to being Black. Kiera was a fabulous protagonist - strong, intelligent and brave, and proud of who she was.The sisterly bond between Kiera and her younger sister, Steph, was touching and I also loved Kiera's relationship with Cicada, who was a moderator of Slay. Despite having never met face-t0-face, there was a lovely friendship between the two young women.It was refreshing to have such inspiring female leads in the story. The males, on the other hand, especially Malcolm and Watt, were rather pathetic. Malcolm's attitude annoyed me from the start and I never thought he was worthy of Kiera.At first, I found the gaming aspect of "Slay" confusing, having never played video games before, but I was soon intrigued by the world of Slay that Kiera had created. The virtual duel between Emerald and Dred had me on the edge of my seat along with half a million Slayers. It was nail-biting.Overall, "Slay" exceeded my expectations and was a fabulous read.

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