Slay

Slay

Book - 2019
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An honors student at Jefferson Academy, seventeen-year-old Keira enjoys developing and playing Slay, a secret, multiplayer online role-playing game celebrating black culture, until the two worlds collide.
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, 2019
Edition: First Simon Pulse hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781534445420
1534445420
Branch Call Number: YA FICTION Morris
Characteristics: 321 pages ; 22 cm

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An honors student at Jefferson Academy, seventeen-year-old Keira enjoys developing and playing Slay, a secret, multiplayer online role-playing game celebrating black culture, until the two worlds collide.


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penelopegomez
Jan 08, 2020

I honestly really enjoyed this book. In this book a girl named Kiera develops an online virtual reality game named SLAY. SLAY is an online community meant as a safe space for "blacks only" from all around the globe to connect and play games, free from the hate and ridicule they experience in their daily lives. Players are referred to as "Kings" and "Queens" and it is meant to be an empowering and uplifting community of gamers, but when tragedy strikes and a player ends up dead in real life, Kiera's game SLAY makes it into the media spotlight. Everyone begins to question whether or not SLAY is considered a racist game? I think every reader is going to have a different opinion on this book and on that question. I personally really liked this book and felt like all of the characters were really relatable. The only character I didn't like was Kiera's boyfriend Malcolm. I felt like his character was mentally abusive, short tempered and overly controlling of Kiera. I wanted so badly to see the good in him, the way Kiera did, but I just found his character to be disgusting. In the end I was vindicated and my first impression of Malcolm was validated, although I won't say how. I also really loved the virtual reality aspect of this book. I think the "battles" in the game were the best part of this book.

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