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By Barbara Saunders, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Girl's online life gets real in smart thriller.

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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

Good start, obvious finish.

I listen to audio books at work and I am determined to listen everything by a Black Author. So searching for Black Sci-Fi on Libby Slay came up. Now, I knew from the title that it would be heavy on "girl power" but it started off very nice even if ridiculous (a 17 y/o girl built a virtual reality mmorpg all by herself? Lol Riiiight) but I loved the concept. It gave hints of "Black Folks cant have nothing" with a strong dose of "Black excellence". This is where the good end and misandrist, Black middle classed yearning for acceptance begins. In all, you walk away feeling like racism is a thing of the past and all the problems if the Black race now come from young Black men. I started this review a 3 star rating but remembering details and the agenda of the book necessitates a 2 star rating.

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Quirky and true to the nerd experience, this novel offers a thrilling ride with fun surprise plot twists. SLAY is Brittney Morris' first novel, but it reads like the work of a master writer. The development of characters and relationships is a strength. Readers can empathize with Kiera's struggles to navigate her different social relationships. There's her White best friend, Harper, who, along with her brother, Tyler, occasionally trip micro-aggression minefields; Malcolm, the self-absorbed boyfriend who manipulates Kiera; Kiera's loving father, mother, and sister; and Cicada, co-creator of SLAY, with whom Kiera develops teamwork and intimacy without ever meeting face to face. The book's one minor weakness is occasional lapses into dialogue that comes off like a lecture.

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