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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, 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.
on Feb. 10, 2014 :
First to recap: Niko, her brother Jared, and her sort-of-boyfriend Ben live in a futuristic world where natural water is highly acidic and there are scary, people-eating monsters called Slithers that everyone has to constantly hide from. Only certain people have the abilities, e.g. increased speed and reflexes, to attack and kill Slithers. The catch? Those people will eventually become Slithers themselves, and the early signs of this transformation are eyes that flicker between human and monster. Niko, however, is a special type of person that can kill Slithers but doesn't show any signs of becoming one herself.
In this world everyone wants to live in a city, because cities have safe water and provide protection from Slithers. Niko and Ben have just escaped from Amaryllis City where they were part of a Slither-hunting group called the Rose Circle. Along with Jared, they are now travelling to Cherai City in an attempt to hide from the Council in Amaryllis who want to trap Niko and use her as a test subject.
When they get to Cherai City they find out that they can only pay for 2 people to get in, and the third will have to wait in the slums outside the city. Ben used to live in Cherai City and has never been an "Outsider" (someone who doesn't live in a city), and Jared isn't trusted to be left alone without supervision, so that leaves Niko to survive outside until they can find a way to get her into the city. She quickly meets and befriends a boy named Songhay and his sister Roosevelt, and after seeing the destruction that Slithers bring to the unprotected Outsiders she decides to find people with flickering eyes and form a ragtag group of Slither hunters, teaching them how to defend themselves. That is, until a disaster forces her to stop waiting for Ben and Jared and find her own way into Cherai city.
I gave this book 4 stars because the beginning and ending were pretty abrupt, and the story moved at a very fast pace. It throws you into the action without any recap from the first book, so it took me a second to remember everything that had happened and what they were doing. Then during the story I sometimes felt like I was getting whiplash because everything was happening so quickly.
But everything else was fantastic. I loved the new characters, I loved how we learn more about Niko's back story, and I loved the new settings. Cherai City is pretty different from Amaryllis, and seeing their society from a different point of view really added more depth to this world. There definitely wasn't a dull moment, and I honestly wasn't expecting the twist at the end of the book. I don't really know what else to say, other than that this series just keeps getting better and I would recommend it to anyone. Especially because you get hipster bragging rights for reading a book that probably no one has heard of, as well as the chance to support a very talented and wonderful indie author.
p.s. I like Ben, but Team Songhay!
(reviewed the day of purchase)