Niko

Rated 4.33/5 based on 3 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 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.

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Niko inspiration AKA Blue Monkeys in My Brain!
A short talk on the many weird things that inspired Niko (blue monkeys!)

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Reviews

Review by: Chevoque on July 04, 2015 :
*4.5*

The pace of book was great right throughout, there weren't moments I felt the story was lingering or that there were fillers added to gain more pages. The novel's tempo felt like it wasn't a second thought that you sometimes get with author's first novels, instead it felt as if Raet knew from the beginning exactly what and how she wanted everything to be and no second guessing was done. Another great, less obvious trait, that goes hand-in-hand with a theme I found in the book; Independent stubbornness that gets it done, was clear in Raet's writing style.

All the characters are well-written and well-rounded, even if they weren't main characters, you can see they weren't just added without purpose.
Niko is the...(I may not say the word, so?) H-Balls amazingly coolest chick ever! If I could be her friend - even in this setting - Hell yeah, bring it! With such a bad-A by your side, you'll never worry about anything! And she is damn HOT! (I'm not a pedo, but come on, she is the girl you disliked in high school for being epic without needing to impress everyone.) I absolutely love her.
Ben is just great; I can't wait to read more of him. He's not like the average guys and girls you fall in love with in books. He feels very real with imperfect perfection that weren't created by false ideas of what most people do and say is 'normal'. He reminded me of my partner and the way we act, and that made me want to punch, kiss and let him be my forever crush. I loved his odd chemistry with Niko, even if I wished she could just see it!
I need to add this, but Mabel reminded me of the old lady from Brave...just because she is weird. I know the comparison is odd, but got that vibe and I think she was a cute little character to add some whimsicality in this godforsaken world, where I most likely would've been killed in on day one, because I'm a huge wussy.

My second favourite scene was the first encounter with the bathroom (toilet)! Best thing ever! I choked on my Oreo when I read it and keep chuckling at the memory. Great comic relief throughout the book is subtle enough to not defer from the main tone and setting of the book.
My favourite scene was Niko's attempt to remove a particular character's eyes...I'm weird like that.

As a gamer I think this would be amazing as a survival strategy game. Fighting Slithers, surviving the rain, getting supplies and kicking A as Niko would be amazing! Just imagine it for a moment? Good, I have goosebumps just with the thought of that!

Raet is a great author with a strong voice and I got pulled in right away. I can't wait to read the rest of the series and see where Raet will be taking us next.

But seriously, I really want this as a game. *puppy eyes* Please make it happen?
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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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