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

June 15, 2016
Niko, The Outsider Chronicles #1, Kati Nika Raet
Published By: Smashwords on April 29, 2013
Format Read: Kindle Edition
Genre: New Adult/ Dystopia/ Sci-fi
Series: Book One of The Outside Chronicles
Source: Author
Rating: STARS

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.


I enjoyed reading this glimpse into the world of Niko and the Rose Circle. This is a cruel world  full of monsters, acid rain and secrets at every turn.The character development was done well. The characters are diverse and I appreciated the piercings and dreadlocks described. This was fun to read because of the intersecting identities and realistic action.  Slither hunters are bad ass, and the actions taken to combat the monsters was realistic and gory. Niko is a strong protagonist who I could relate to, the cover art captures her perfectly. 
Despite a strong beginning the second third of the book slows down and becomes confusing. So much starts to happen at once, some of the plot gets lost in the mix. The world building wasn't bad, but ultimately didn't give me enough explanation to feel invested in this environment. There are hints here and there that things haven't been revealed about how the society is run, but little explanation. New characters and elements are introduced towards the end, but they are not enough to make me want to continue the series.
"Your not fragile, none of us are. I should have remembered that."

There was a lot of potential here, but the pacing and world building could be improved. I'm glad I took a chance reading a book from this new author, and I hope  the series continues to improve. I would recommend this to readers who enjoy a diverse set of characters, science fiction elements and dystopias'. 


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.
Visit her online on Twitter, Goodreads, on Facebook, Youtube, or email her at KNRwrites@gmail.com

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