Series: The Outsiders Chronicles, #1
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
Date published: April 28, 2013
Source: review request
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.
This story is told in a unique way that I found myself getting used to quickly in order to absorb more of the events happening in the book. I will mention that since I don't happen to read books with a lot of diversity, I was happily surprised to find the main character is a black teen female. I loved it. I found myself paying special attention to the hinting discriptors for skin color for each character, which is not something I've ever been prone to do. Seems like every other novel is lead by a white/perfectly tanned person, and it's boring!
The action in Niko is fantastic and engaging! And there weren't any leaps of logic that shook me out of the book either, something I appreciate greatly!
I definitely recommend this to other readers who are tired of the same old drivel and looking to diversify their reading selection