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.

Short Review

Do I recommend: YES

Diversity: 5

Character: 5

Story: 4.5


Long Review

After reading Panther In the Hive, which featured a beautiful, black heroine in a dystopian society, I wanted more, so I bought Niko because Kayti is all over the interwebs  promoting her books and doing the damn thang.

I was not disappointed. Niko was just as thrilling as Panther in the Hive. Both heroines were bad-ass.

I read Book One and Book Two of the Outlander Series in one sitting. Book One focused on Niko, and Book 2 explored more of the Outlander world where it rains acid and monsters can pounce on you at any time. I can’t get the picture of bones decaying in acid and then being stepped on by  people wearing rubber boots out of my mind.

What I liked

  • Kayti’s writing style is beautiful. It’s full of metaphors and similes that will either melt your heart or make you squirm with disgust. I’ve never seen the power of language used with such evil intentions. This is a good thing because at its core Niko is a horror.
  • The flow of the story. Niko had a goal from the get go, so there was always tension in the background.
  • It briefly explored polygamous relationships.


What I didn’t like

  • There were slow parts in both books, but the action more than made up for it.
  • It kinda seemed like Book 2 was more of a transition book for Book 3, which I’m reading as soon as Book 4 is released so that I can read them both in one Niko binge.

So yeah. If you’re looking for a new series to read, this is the one. Books 1-3 are now available now. Book 4: Monster is available for pre-order here.



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