Review – Slay by Brittney Morris

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August 9, 2020 by ceresbooksworld

 

Slay by Brittney Morris

Standalone

Publisher : Simon Pulse

Publication date : September 24th, 2019

Source : Paperback

Rating : 4 hearts

 

 

Synopsis

By day, seventeen-year-old Kiera Johnson is an honors student, a math tutor, and one of the only Black kids at Jefferson Academy. But at home, she joins hundreds of thousands of Black gamers who duel worldwide as Nubian personas in the secret multiplayer online role-playing card game, SLAY. No one knows Kiera is the game developer, not her friends, her family, not even her boyfriend, Malcolm, who believes video games are partially responsible for the “downfall of the Black man.”

But when a teen in Kansas City is murdered over a dispute in the SLAY world, news of the game reaches mainstream media, and SLAY is labeled a racist, exclusionist, violent hub for thugs and criminals. Even worse, an anonymous troll infiltrates the game, threatening to sue Kiera for “anti-white discrimination.”

Driven to save the only world in which she can be herself, Kiera must preserve her secret identity and harness what it means to be unapologetically Black in a world intimidated by Blackness. But can she protect her game without losing herself in the process?

 

Review

Kiera is a young high school student who, outside of school, has created an online video game exclusively for black people. A game where they can feel safe and talk freely.

Kiera, her sister and her boyfriend Malcolm are the only black people in her high school and no one knows that Kiera created this game, not even her sister.

However, when a player is discovered murdered, the game gets people talking and Kiera is entitled to tons of thoughts, both positive and negative. Indeed, nobody knows who created the game and many adults find it very strange.

I liked the book even if sometimes it made me uncomfortable. Let me explain, Kiera created a game so that she could feel safe and have the same cultural references as those who play with her. It’s a change from high school.

What made me uncomfortable is not the fact that this game is made for blacks, but the fact that when she talks to her white friend about drealocks for example, it feels like dreadlocks should only be worn by blacks because it’s part of their culture. It’s not what I don’t understand, it’s just that it makes me personally uncomfortable because it wouldn’t occur to me to deny anything to anyone, no matter what their skin color. However, I know very well that not everyone is like me.

I really liked the story and the characters. The fact that Kiera’s sister is defending her, the fact that the lawyer she’s going to see is playing her game and likes being able to find people who share the same passions.

I didn’t like Malcolm, Kiera’s boyfriend, who keeps giving her reflections. For me, he’s the racist in the story, whether it’s towards black or white people. Which is surprising since he’s black.

Slay is really a book to read to open your mind to the world and in the current times it’s not unpleasant.

The author’s pen is very beautiful, you can feel that the subject really touches her.

Quick word: A book to read absolutely, it will open your mind to the world.

 

Chronique

Kiera est une jeune lycéenne qui en dehors de l’école a créé un jeu vidéo en ligne exclusivement réservé aux personnes noires. Un jeu où elles peuvent se sentir en sécurité et parler librement.

Kiera, sa sœur et son petit ami Malcom sont les seuls noirs de son lycée et personne n’est au courant que Kiera a créé ce jeu, pas même sa sœur.

Cependant, lorsqu’un joueur est découvert assassiné, le jeu fait parler de lui et Kiera a droit à des tonnes de réflexions qu’elles soient positives ou négatives. En effet, personne ne sait qui a créé le jeu et beaucoup d’adultes trouve cela très étrange.

J’ai bien aimé ce livre même si parfois il m’a mise mal à l’aise. Je m’explique, Kiera a créé un jeu pour pouvoir se sentir en sécurité et avoir les mêmes références culturelles que ceux qui joue avec elle. Cela la change du lycée.

Ce qui m’a mis mal à l’aise n’est pas le fait que ce jeu soit fait pour les noirs mais surtout que lorsqu’elle parle à son amie blanche et que l’on a l’impression que les dreadlocks ne doivent être portées que par les noirs parce que ça fait parti de leur culture. Ce n’est pas ce que je ne comprends pas c’est juste que ça me met personnellement mal à l’aise parce que ça ne me viendrait pas à l’idée de refuser quoi que ce soit, à qui que ce soit peu importe sa couleur de peau. Cependant je sais très bien que tout le monde n’est pas comme moi.

J’ai vraiment aimé l’histoire et les personnages. Le fait que la sœur de Kiera prenne sa défense, le fait que l’avocate qu’elle va voir joue à son jeu et aime pouvoir retrouvé des personnes partageant les mèmes passions.

Je n’ai pas aimé Malcom, le petit ami de Kiera qui n’arrête pas de lui faire des réflexions. Pour moi dans l’histoire le raciste c’est lui, que ce soit envers les blancs ou les noirs. Ce qui est surprenant puisqu’il est noir.

Slay est vraiment un livre à lire pour vous ouvrir l’esprit sur le monde et dans les temps actuels ce n’est pas désagréable.

La plume de l’auteur est très belle, on sent que le sujet la touche réellement.

En bref : Un livre à lire absolument, il vous ouvrira l’esprit sur le monde.

 

About the author

Brittney Morris is the author of SLAY. She holds a BA in Economics from Boston University because back then, she wanted to be a financial analyst. (She’s now thankful that didn’t happen). She spends her spare time reading, playing indie video games, and enjoying the Seattle rain from her apartment. She lives with her husband Steven who would rather enjoy the rain from a campsite in the woods because he hasn’t played enough horror games. Brittney is the founder and former president of the Boston University Creative Writing Club, a four-time NaNoWriMo winner and a 2018 Pitch Wars mentor.

 

Links

Goodreads : https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43723509-slay?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=dtQuR6R293&rank=1

Amazon : https://www.amazon.com/SLAY-Brittney-Morris/dp/1534445420/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=slay+brittney&qid=1596693333&sr=8-1

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