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SLAY Hardcover – September 24, 2019

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“Gripping and timely.” —People

“The novel Black girl nerds have been waiting for.” —Refinery29

“Morris immerses readers in the world of gaming with her charged, timely, and witty debut.” —Entertainment Weekly

“[A] snappy YA debut.” —Washington Post

“Unlike anything out there . . . Easily the best debut novel of the year.” —Paste Magazine

“A book that knocks you off your feet while dropping the kind of knowledge that'll keep you down for the count. Prepare to BE slain.” —Nic Stone, New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin and Odd One Out

“More than a novel, SLAY is a conversation about safe spaces, why they’re necessary for minorities, and why we should champion their right to exist without being branded exclusionary or racist.” Booklist, starred review

“[A] not-to-be-missed YA debut.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Morris does a fantastic job of showing diversity within the black community. . . . Gamers and black activists alike will be ready to SLAY all day.” Kirkus Reviews

“Readers are invited to learn about the black experience in game culture through a compelling new lens. Exploring different versions of the African American experience, this is an important title for public and school libraries.”School Library Journal

“Kiera is so many of us Blerds; and Morris has truly captured the holistic experiences of many Black digital users.” The Horn Book

“Readers will cheer for Kiera as she slays her own demons, and they’ll come away from the novel desperately wishing SLAY were more than the product of Morris’ imagination.” BookPage

“Offers a richly global perspective on the Black diaspora.” BCCB

“Wildly entertaining and impressively insightful. Morris is absolutely an author to watch.” —Sara Grochowski, McLean and Eakin Booksellers (Petoskey, MI)

“I was captivated from the very first page and found myself quickly falling in love with Kiera but even more for what Kiera stood for. I cannot wait for more from Brittany Morris!” —Teresa Steele, Old Firehouse Books (Fort Collins, CO)

About the Author

Brittney Morris is the author of SLAY. She is also the founder and former president of the Boston University Creative Writing Club, and her work has been published in The Boston University Chimaerid Literary Magazine. She holds a BA in economics. Brittney spends her spare time playing video games, slaying at DDR, 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. You can find her online at AuthorBrittneyMorris.com.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Keira anonymously developed and runs the popular online game #SLAY as a refuge from the oppressive casual racism she faces daily. Then a young player is murdered due to a dispute over the game's currency and Keira's life is upended.
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