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Go Get Your Copy of SLAY ASAP

A TSL Book Review

Slay by Brittney Morris
CR: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

What rock have you been hiding under if you haven’t heard about SLAY? This sci-fi YA novel, which comes out tomorrow (September 24th), is about Kiera, a 17-year-old girl attending a fancy prep school and trying to get into a good college. By day, she’s the perfect student – wicked smart, gets along with her teachers, and has a great family that loves and supports her….but by night, she is the creator of a virtual reality game called SLAY—a cyber world where Black gamer nerds all over the globe don virtual reality gloves and goggles and dual each other. Kiera was tired of never being able to find game characters who looked like her and getting trolled by racists whenever she was playing. So she created a virtual reality world where Black gamers could go and be safe from all of that, and the game itself centers around Black culture too. It’s like Wakanda but in a video game—and yes, it’s just as dope as it sounds.

Yet everything Kiera has worked so hard to build gets threatened when a young boy is killed in real life over a dispute in the SLAY world. Suddenly the news, kids at school, and her boyfriend are all trashing SLAY as a violent place for thugs and racists. Everyone is also trying to find out who created the game so they can be sued. It’s up to Kiera to defend her world once and for all.

This is the first time I’ve ever cried tears of joy while reading a book, and I mean that with zero jokes. You can tell this book was written to celebrate Black kids everywhere and it’s also the first time I’ve ever read a Black-centric YA book that had non-binary characters. As a non-binary person, that made my eyes water, and I had to re-read the sentences where characters used neutral pronouns over and over again. It was beautiful to see this book celebrate ALL of the Black community for not only its different cultural backgrounds and skin colors but also its gender and sexual diversity too. It was funny, full of conflict, and surprised me more than once. This book by Brittney Morris is beyond special. I can’t wait to read it again. The awesome world-building? The well-thought out plot? The morally gray characters? And the Black Girl Magic? What are you waiting for? GO GET YOURSELF A COPY!

*Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

 

By Jesse E

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Written by TrueStar Staff

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