Thursday, February 26, 2015

Niko by Kayti Nika Raet (The Outsider Chronicles #1)

by Kayti Nika Raet

My rating: 5 stars

Series: The Outsiders Chronicles - Book 1
Publication Date: April 28, 2013
Publisher: Kayti Nika Raet
Genre: YA Post-Apocalyptic
Print Length: 187 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble


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.

NikoMy Review
Niko by Kayti Nika Raet 

Grab your shades! I’ve unearthed another shiny gem for the pile! Better bring along some acid proof clothes, shoes and your own clean water and any Slither killing weapons you may have. In a post-apocalyptic world, where only the rich and powerful are safe within the walls of the big cities, Kayti Nika Raet introduces a new heroine from the ashes of despair. Niko book one of The Outsider Chronicles is a journey through the physical, emotional and mental ruins of a world struggling to survive.

Only the elite can live afford to live in Amaryllis City. The Outsiders are left to fight for every scrap of food, and every drop of clean water, all while avoiding becoming the next meal for monsters called Slithers. Niko, only seventeen has been the sole protector and provider for her younger brothers, until the night that fire claimed her home, her family and what remained of her life. Saved by a well-trained hunter group called the Rose Circle, she discovers who and what she is, but her destiny will have to wait until she finds her missing brother. Will the powers that control Amaryllis, while holding the Outsiders down become her true worst nightmare or will the friendships and the alliances she forms lay the foundation for rebellion and survival? Will one boy teach her about trust and caring?

Let Kayti Nika Raet take you through her world as she draws a bleak picture of humanity after disaster. Her words depict the story of one warrior-fierce teen who seems to be gifted with a power that few have. Will she be the answer to the ending the murderous Slithers? Will she be able to rally the Outsiders to stand up for themselves and demand the safety afforded to the rich? Ms. Raet has created a heroine to respect, feel for and cheer on, no matter the odds stacked against her. She knows how to create a scene filled with so much tension; you can hear the sounds of eminent disaster. Fast paced action, dark emotional turmoil and the will to survive, a fresh voice in the YA post-apocalyptic /dystopian genre.


  1. Thank you soooooo much for the review. I really appreciate it, and I'm glad you enjoyed Niko. If you don't mind my asking, do you have a favorite character and scene?

    1. Helicopter - and I have two favs!

    2. My second fav scene would give too much away

    3. I love the helicopter scene too! And judging by your spoiler warning I think I have an idea what your second fav scene is! :D