Niko

Rated 4.00/5 based on 2 reviews
One can live for several weeks without food but only a few days without water, a fact that 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 scarce, and any Slither that crosses her path is laid low before it can sink its teeth into her. More

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About Kayti Nika Raet

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, it's sequel, HARM, as well as short stories SLITHER and TAPE THE DEVIL'S MOUTH. She's also a reviewer for Reader’s Favorite and is currently writing two series, The Outsider Chronicles, and a werewolf trilogy The Summer of Dogs.
Her procrastination aids are reading, K-pop, and photography.
Kayti lives in Milledgeville, Georgia. Visit her online on Twitter, Goodreads, on Facebook, Youtube, or email her at KNRwrites(at)gmail(dot)com.

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Review by: Stormswift on March 10, 2014 :
Post-apocalyptic world where the government created acid rain to destroy the Slithers (a type of mutated human cannibal). This method was partially successful as hordes of Slithers were destroyed but many still survived. Acid rain continues to fall and fresh water is sold at a premium to those outside the cities (i.e. the Outsiders) who scrounge for existence.

People can enter the cities where there is an abundance of food and fresh water in 3 three ways: a privileged few can pay 5000 per person for entry; people can volunteer to become Grey People who will work in the cities salting the ground to cover the acidic rain water puddles for a time (indentured labour) until they can bring their families to the cities or one can be recruited as a Slither killer.

Niko has been killing Slithers since she was fourteen: she is the only caregiver for her two younger brothers. After a horrific attack at her home in which her youngest brother is killed and her remaining brother is mysteriously missing, she is evacuated to the city where she finds that Slither killers enjoy luxuries undreamt of by Outsiders. She longs to find her brother and discovers that her new friends amongst the Order of the Black Rose are hiding deadly secrets.

This was an entertaining read that was difficult to put down and I’ve already bought the next book to find out what happens to Niko.
Book needs professional editing due to the various errors e.g. missing words etc.
*Review posted on smashwords; amazon.co.uk and diesel ebooks.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Alyssa 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)

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