By: Kayti Nika Raet
Genre: Dystopia/Post-apocalyptic, thriller, science-fiction, romance, genetic modification
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.
About the Author
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.
Sneak Peak from the book
The one she faced was a study of contrasts with pale skin and black hair. It pulled up short; its head tilted quizzically as it regarded her. She was not following the script long established between Slithers and humans. She was supposed to be running, perhaps while screaming ineffectively, and it was supposed to pursue her in a glorious chase.
She grinned at it, lifting her hand in a wave. She let the bat slide free from her sleeve; a week ago she'd driven a large nail through the wood, giving it an extra kick.
The further she diverged from the script the more puzzled the Slither looked, its mismatched eyes sliding between her and the weapon in her hand. Then it offered up a jerky shrug, food was food even if it was acting strange.
Detaching itself from the shadows, it ran toward her on all fours. Its claws tore up chunks of the sidewalk. An inhuman shriek blasted out of a mouth full of long narrow teeth. It leapt over rain filled holes, its eyes only on her and the place where her ribs tried to shield her rapidly pounding heart.
Niko stood her ground, eyes narrowed, bat raised. The thing came closer, its excited pants the only sound filling her ears.
It neared, came closer, and then just close enough. She swung, a scream of her own filling the night.