Slay by Brittney Morris


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...

Details Slay

Release DateSep 24th, 2019
PublisherSimon Pulse
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, Realistic Fiction

Reviews Slay

  • Brittney Morris
    I mean, I think it's pretty cool.
  • may ➹
    SLAY is a book that I think should be in everyones hands. Its such an important read, and I think itll be an eye-opening experience for many, while Black people will find comfort in this story so openly celebratory of Blackness.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, its...
  • Lola
    This isnt the type of story that I would typically read. Mainly because I prefer to actually play games than to read about them. But SLAY is such a unique and thematic MMORPG that I couldnt help but get curious about it. I also loved the fact that it was created by a teenage girl with a normal life many people can relate to. Keira Johnsons voice is equally strong and gentle. She is kind, patient, loving, smart but not one to let disrespect slide...
  • 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 not not being knowledgeable about video games, but this actually made me wish I played something. (I mean I did Sims at 14 but WHO DIDN'T.) I also thoroughly respected the heart and love and care that came with reading an #ownvoices book about Blackne...
  • Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ 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 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...
  • 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 nuances and expression everywhere I looked. UPLIFTING Black people of all shades, all genders, all sexualities, all personalities.Aside from that, this book is just a piece of art! The thought and world building in the game alone. THOSE CARDS FRIGGING SEN...
  • Sana
    'As we duel, as we chat, there's an understanding that "your black is not my black" and "your weird is not my weird" and "your beautiful is not my beautiful," and that's okay.'Damn, this book! My favorite part of the whole book is easily the MMORPG, SLAY, itself but I'm also highly appreciative of how much about being proud of Black culture it is about as well as some very kickass and well-developed Black characters while being super relevant to ...
  • Rigel
    Now, before we start and you go mouthing off at me, I am a firm believer in equality. I hold everyone to the same standards no matter their race, religion. sex, sexuality, whatever. I'm a plot-driven reader and honestly don't give a fuck about a characters skin colour. The only thing I care about in a (main) character is a lack of an annoying personality. That being said, I went into this book with a completely open mind, hell, I shouldn't even h...
  • Megan
    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 built specifically for me. So when I say, yeah, I absolutely adored this book...I can only begin to imagine how this book feels for black readers. SLAY digs into some i...
  • Michelle
    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. 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 bo...
  • Claire ✨
    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 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 kn...
  • Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
    As we duel, as we chat, there's an understanding that "your black is not my black" and "your weird is not my weird" and "your beautiful is not my beautiful," and that's okay. It' brings tears to my eyes if I think about it too long. 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 ...
  • Hollis
    This book is getting a lot of hype and, honestly, it deserves every single bit of it. I dont remember exactly what it was, or who, inspired me to request this one but Im so glad I did. So here I am paying it forward : watch out for this one.The summary perfectly sums up (hah) what this is about, theres no need for me to rehash anything in my review, and honestly the less I say about this, the better, I think. Not only because it isnt my place to ...
  • Bookishrealm
    Update! Here's my full review: https://bookishrealmreviews.blogspot....4.5 Stars. It took me forever to read this book because I was giving birth to my daughter while in the process of trying to complete it haha. Let me start by saying that this book isnt for everyone. A lot of people will pick up this book and feel disconnected because they dont understand the cultural and social importance of this book for black readers. Ive seen this book get ...
  • Chanelle
    This book was amazing. I feel very seen and understood. 💕
  • Vanessa
    Happy Book Birthday!Reviewed on July 7, 2019:I've been wavering between 3. and 4 stars since completing SLAY, so I'm settling on 3.5 stars because 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 to talk about it without spoiling it, so I'll mark the spoiler below.Before I get to that, I will address all the po...
  • Mili
    This is a beautiful written book about being a Black teen that touches topics like racism and cultural appropriation. The setting is a high school with mostly White teens. And it is such a wholesome tale about friendship and trust. And learning how to listen to eachother.Kiera is our MC, she lives with her sis (who goes to the same High school) and her parents. Kiera who btw kicks ass! Builds her own online game called SLAY for Black people only ...
  • Ciera
    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 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 wh...
  • Drewthereader20
    Wow another great dubet that I read this month. My reading streak is high rn. Onto my next read for the month! 4/5 stars!(:
  • Rachael Marie
    One of the best stories Ive ever read.Every person, especially white people looking to get some more understanding of a young black perspective SHOULD READ THIS. One of the best stories I’ve ever read.Every person, especially white people looking to get some more understanding of a young black perspective SHOULD READ THIS.
  • Kate (GirlReading)
    A phenomenal book with a beautifully produced and performed audio narration. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute listening to this. It truly deserves to be in the hands of all teens and adults alike. Brittney Morris is definitely one to watch, I can't wait to read more from her in the future. Loved it.
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  • The Artisan Geek
    10/11/19Finished this book yesterday, absolutely loved it! Review to come! :)You can find me onYoutube | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Website
  • Laura (bbliophile)
    I loved this one so, so much!
  • The Nerd Daily
    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Sasha ZatzIf you love gaming and teenage girls who stand up for their rights, you will adore Slay. It was important and moving, I just couldnt put it down! The author was inspired to write it after watching Black Panther, so I thought it was smart to pick it up just after I watched the movie and I was not disappointed.The novel follows Keira, who secretly developed Slay, an online gaming communit...
  • Ivy
    2019-01-30 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 safe spaces where people can be their kickass selves in todays frustratingly unjust society. Rating: five YASS cards/fiveFor ...
  • Nicole
    How do I give this book more than 5 stars? Thank you Queen Brittney Morris.
  • Lucie
    3.5 StarsThank you to Simon Teen for sending me an ARC of this book to read and review.I REALLY wanted to LOVE this, but I just didn't. For those who don't know I am a software developer so I really felt like the ball was dropped when it came to the technological aspects of the game. Based on the description I assumed it would just be like an online trading card game with a forum attached, something easily created as a website, but it turns out i...
  • Laurie –A Court of Books–
    "We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." I received an ARC of SLAY at BookCon, this in no way impacts my opinion. However, my opinion of this book is based on an unfinished and uncorrected copy, please note that what I've read may differ from the final book.I don't feel comfortable enough about what bothered me in this book to actually phrase it properly and to ...