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Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Kayti Nika Raet moved down South when she was 11 where she was bit by the writing bug as well as other less friendly insects. She the author of the YA dystopia, Niko, the upcoming sequel Harm, as well as the short stories Slither and Tape the Devil's Mouth . She's also a reviewer for reader's favorite and her own Youtube Cahnnel Kayti Edition.
Her procrastination aids are reading, K-pop, and photography.
Kayti lives in Milledgeville, Georgia.. Visit her online at http://KNRwrites. tumblr.com, TheOutsiderChronicles.tumblr.com, on Facebook, Youtube, or email her at KNRwrites(at)gmail(dot)com.
on Dec. 18, 2013 :
(This review is being cross-posted from Goodreads)
Niko lives in a world where natural water, including rain, burns like acid. On top of that, there are monstrous creatures called Slithers which attack and eat people. Because of this, nearly everyone lives in fear and poverty and constant desperation for clean water. However Niko, an orphan, does a pretty good job taking care of her two brothers. She goes out on clear days looking for food and killing any Slithers who catch sight of her. Until one day she comes home to see that her house is on fire. One brother has died and the other is missing, and she's taken in by "the Rose circle", a group of teens who live in an extravagant walled city and whose job it is to kill Slithers. There she discovers that she's special, because only certain people have the ability to hunt and kill Slithers.
I downloaded this book when it was free, and I thought it was really good. The main driving force in this story is that Niko wants to find her missing brother, which I'll admit wasn't the most interesting to me (which is why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5, it's a matter of personal preference). But the world is well fleshed-out and all the little things that happened between her search for her brother were interesting enough for me to still find the story enjoyable. The plot twists truly were surprising, and the depth of the story writing was on-par with any "professional" author. Not to mention it was refreshing to see that not only was the main character a POC, but it was a teen novel that didn't have a romance/love triangle as the main plot.
Since this wasn't professionally published there are some spelling/grammar mistakes, but those are easy to get over. The world that Raet created is complex and captivating, her monsters are actually really scary, and her characters are a breath of fresh air. I would 100% recommend Niko to anyone, and I can't wait for a sequel.
(reviewed long after purchase)