My review of Niko-
A pragmatic heroine in a harsh world is a surefire way to get my attention, and Niko is a great example of a no nonsense, hard boiled survivor in a world where that’s the norm. Though the character is presented with many emotional obstacles that would trip up your everyday YA main character, Niko wins my adoration by the simple and elusive ability to compartmentalize. There is no reason to be eaten by monsters because you saw your crush pinned to the wall by ‘so and so’, and Niko never allowed this.
Another plus was that it was reminiscent of Hunger Games with a firmer, realistically sound foundation/background.
So if you’re still on a Hunger Games/Catching Fire/ Mockingjay high and you need something like it or dare I say, even better than it? then Niko by Kayti Nika Raet is definitely the way to go!
Niko by Kayti Nika Raet
Publisher: Kayti Nika Raet
Genre: YA, Post-Apocalyptic, Thriller, Romance
One can live for several weeks without food but only a few days without water, a fact seventeen year old Niko is only too aware of as she struggles to provide for her two younger brothers in a post apocalyptic landscape where the rain burns like acid, food grows increasingly scarce and any Slither that crosses her path is laid low before it can sink its teeth into her.
Then one night everything she’d ever worked for and loved is consumed by a raging fire, leaving her with one brother missing, the other dead and herself gravely injured.
She’s rescued by the Rose Circle, a rogue group of Slither hunters. They sneak her into Amaryllis City, a decadent metropolis where those able to pay the exorbitant entrance fee live a life of relative ease.
But for Niko, Amaryllis City is not the haven she grew up believing it would be and her unique abilities as a Slither hunter make her a particularly visible target to a city with hopes of experimentation, replication and other nasty bits.
All Niko ever wanted to do was find her baby brother, but that’s proving to be harder than expected.
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Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Kayti Nika Raet moved down South when she was 11, where she was bitten by the writing bug, as well as other, less friendly insects.
She is the author of the Outsider Chronicles, a five book series starting with NIKO and set in a world where the rain burns like acid and flesh eating monsters roam.
She’s also a reviewer for Readers’ Favorite and has her own Youtube Channel: Kayti Edition.
When she is not hard at work on her fourth book she has fun reading, listening to K-pop, and photography.
Kayti lives in Milledgeville, Georgia.