I adored Slay. It was important and moving, I just couldn’t 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. I was not disappointed.
Keira secretly developed Slay, an online gaming community where black people duel from all over the world. But when someone is shot because of the game, it’s all over the news…and Kiera doesn’t know what to do.
This book was so important on many levels. As a white person, I know this book wasn’t written for me. There might have been a few cultural references that I didn’t understand. I still loved it so much, of course, and my race didn’t affect my personal opinion of the book. I just wanted to give that little disclaimer. As a white person, this book actually taught me some things and I think it could teach others even more.
The plot was so engaging, entertaining and impossible to put down – literally, I stayed up until to 2 am to read Slay. It was so immersive and interesting. It was definitely character-driven, but was exciting none the less!
“If black gamers want their own space online away from the eyes of the majority, let them have it. Y’all have Mummy and Legacy of Planets. Do you need to have everything?”
I really loved the characters, especially Kiera and her younger sister Steph. They felt like such real people with their struggles and insecurities. Kiera’s voice felt real and easy to relate to, I loved reading her thoughts and opinions. I really enjoyed the dynamic between these two sisters, it was absolutely beautiful to watch their relationship grow. The side characters, especially Claire aka Cicada, were awesome. I loved to see their lives and views occasionally dotted throughout the book, and from Kiera’s perspective too.
Slay, the game was so interesting! I don’t actually game, but a lot of my friends do and it was fun to see quite a few scenes inside the game and how the rules worked.
I think a lot of gaming based books and even gaming, in general, are often very male-dominated so I loved seeing the feminist aspects of this book because, when do I not?
Slay was such an amazing, important book that I’d definitely recommend everyone picks up. It discusses race, identity, relationships and more in such an important way at the same time as being impossibly fun to read. What a gem of a book.