The Book Gazette is hosting an excerpt from a YA dystopian thriller today, called “Harm”. We hope you enjoy the excerpt!
Niko decided that if she had to escape the city all over again she’d be sure to bring better shoes.
They’d missed the train forcing the three of them, herself, her brother Jared, and Ben to walk over miles of acid ruined landscape to reach the city of Cherai. Well, Ben and Jared walked, her shoes — the aforementioned silly heels — had disintegrated after half a kilometer forcing Ben to carry her the rest of the way.
That was three days ago.
Ben said he didn’t mind carrying her, something absurd about romantic and she supposed that for a few minutes in a moderately safe environment it could be considered romantic but Outside where they would have to contend with bandits, wild dogs and roaming Slithers she preferred her love bubbles popped, her feet boot-encased and settled firmly on the ground.
Something grabbed her leg.
“Such pretty little feet.” The old man crooned. He slid a leathery hand down her calf, the rough susurrus of skin contact only ending once he reached her ankle. He cradled her feet in his palm, cracked and dirty nails biting into her skin.
“So soft, so delicate. The acid will eat them in a moment.” With her feet trapped between his paws he slowly brought it to his mouth, a maw of broken and yellowed teeth.
She struggled, a feeble attempt, she could barely move. Ben had carried her in his arms for most of the trip and to fall to the ground now would mean to lose a limb.
His tongue emerged, it was a thin brown thing with a pointed tip. Darker spots covered its expanse, like the tongue of a dog she’d once seen.
Revulsion roiled in her stomach. “Ben.” She said sharply and his attention was finally caught by the commotion.
“Back off.” He snapped.
The geezer dropped her foot. She shuddered, she wanted to reach down and wipe away the moisture of his hot and fetid breath but she had to settle for glaring at him.
“You want boots? Need boots?” As if he’d done nothing wrong the man stayed by their side caressing the garland of shoes around his neck. “Boots to protect tasty little girl toes. 250q. Cheap, cheap.”
“We don’t need none of your crap.” Her little brother, Jared, said.
“They cheap.” The old man reached out and tugged on her littlest toe. “Good boots. Brownie don’t cheat cheap.” He cackled, phlegm catching in his throat. “250q.” Cheap, cheap.”
Jared reared back his foot and kicked the salesman in the shin. Brownie cried out and nearly tumbled to the ground. “Didn’t you hear us the first time? Back off asshole.”
“Jared!” She gasped in dismay. She was constantly admonishing him about swearing.
Author: Kayti Nika Raet
Genre: YA Dystopian Thriller
After a harrowing escape from Amaryllis City, Niko is forced to lay low. The people who want to use her unique genetics for their own ends are still out there and their reach is long.
After an emotional split with Ben and hiding deep in the slums she soon meets Songhay, a charismatic thief and his younger sister Roosevelt. Together they dodge violent gangs, roaming Slithers and the ever present threat of acid rain. Growing closer Niko along with Songhay soon form a rag-tag band of Slither hunters to keep the slums safe and the monsters at bay.
But then she discovers shocking information about her past that challenges everything she thought to be true about herself and those she loves.
Now she has to decide if she’d going to stay safe in hiding or stand up to the lies and injustice swarming around her.
She was never one to lie low for long.
Lies and truth collide in the second book of the Outsider Chronicles.
Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Kayti Nika Raet moved down South when she was 11 where she was bit by the writing bug as well as other less friendly insects. She the author of the YA dystopia, NIKO, as well as it’s upcoming sequel, HARM, and the short stories SLITHER and TAPE THE DEVIL’S MOUTH.
Her procrastination aids are reading, K-pop, and photography.
Kayti lives in Milledgeville, Georgia. Visit her online at http://KNRwrites. tumblr.com, TheOutsiderChronicles.tumblr.com, on Facebook, Youtube (Kayti Edition), or email her at KNRwrites(at)gmail(dot)com.
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