SLAY: Review by Jade

Hachette Australia, together with the #AusYABloggers are celebrating the release of SLAY by Brittney Morris. On tour, you will find Aussie bloggers, reviewers and Instagrammers sharing their thoughts on SLAY, beginning on October 28th and running until November 1st 2019. 

SLAY by Brittney Morris 
Published by Hachette Australia 
ISBN 9781444951721 
Published October 9th 2019 
Add to Goodreads 
RRP $17.99 AUD 
'We are different ages, genders, tribes, tongues, and traditions ... but tonight we all SLAY'

Black Panther meets Ready Player One. A fierce teen game developer 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, 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?

Slay is a story that empowers not only black culture and women, but also shows the importance of accepting anyone for who they are. I really loved the concept of this book and I believe that is it an important read for anyone, no matter your culture or gender. The author made all the characters really relatable and inspiring. The main character went through so many different emotions throughout the story and I really connected to her feelings of being misunderstood and alone but through her journey of self-empowerment she stood up to what she believes in. This book showed me that although I may not look as if I come from a black background, it is still a part of my culture and I will embrace it.

In a society where we are accepting many different communities, I think that this should be read in schools as a way for young adults to learn about accepting all people and also understand that online bulling, no matter if it is in a game or as a supposed joke, can hurt.



Brittney Morris holds a BA in Economics from Boston University. She spends her spare time reading, playing indie video games, and enjoying the Seattle rain from the comfort of her apartment. She lives with her husband Steven who would rather enjoy the rain from a campsite in the woods because he hasn't seen enough horror movies. Brittney is was chosen as a Novel-In-A-Day participant 2016, is a four-time NaNoWriMo winner, and an active informal mentor in #PitMad and #DVPit. She is also a 2018 Pitch Wars mentor.

Find Brittney via Her Website  Twitter  Instagram and the SLAY Book Website

Today is the last day of the tour click HERE for the schedule and links so you can visit all the other posts and share the SLAY love.

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