WE MEET AT DAWN OKURRRRR!
It’s hard to put into words how Slay has affected me. I mean we have a badass black teen, with a badass sister doing badass things.
The reigning theme of this review is badass, okay? Just let me be.
The story follows Kiera trying to make a place for herself to fit. So she creates a badass game called Slay, for black people to express themselves and not deal with the vitriol, common in mainstream games.
She goes to a predominantly white school and battles with being the spokesperson for her entire race. But she also struggles with extremism, her boyfriend living for black male power, and black male power ONLY.
The fic follows her high school experience while slaying in her online video game which she built to feel like she was welcomed somewhere.
The twists kept coming but I lovedddd how short this book was but how fast it moved and kept me guessing.
I have to give it 5/5. It was a great quick read, with real laugh out loud moments. The friendships take me to another planet, the sisterhood healed me and the familial bonds transported me out of my body.
I adored this with all of my heart.
By day, seventeen-year-old Kiera Johnson is a college student and one of the only black kids at Jefferson Academy. By night, she joins hundreds of thousands of black gamers who duel worldwide in the secret online role-playing card game, SLAY.
No one knows Kiera is the game developer – not even her boyfriend, Malcolm. But when a teen in Kansas City is murdered over a dispute in the SLAY world, the media labels it an exclusionist, racist hub for thugs.
With threats coming from both inside and outside the game, Kiera must fight to save the safe space she’s created. But can she protect SLAY without losing herself?