Ultraxenopia

Ultraxenopia

by M. A. Phipps

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Overview

PART ONE OF THE YOUNG ADULT DYSTOPIAN TRILOGY PROJECT W. A. R.

Betrayed by Family. Tortured by the Enemy. Destined to Destroy the World.

Wynter Reeves lives by three rules: Don’t stand out. Blend in. Remain invisible. In a world where individuality is dangerous, being forgettable keeps her alive.

But all that changes when a terrifying vision of the future lands her in the hands of the very government she fears. Surrendered to the State’s sinister research facility, Wynter becomes the subject of the psychotic Dr. Richter, who is determined to make sense of her condition.

No matter the cost.

After months of horrifying experimentation, a small glimpse of her growing power leads to an opportunity to escape her captors. But freedom isn’t what she expected, and as her visions worsen, she must make a choice. One that will determine not only her future…but the fate of the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781523256303
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/18/2016
Pages: 356
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.79(d)

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Ultraxenopia 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite Wynter's life takes an extreme turn in Ultraxenopia, which is book one in the Project W.A.R. series by M.A. Phipps. At the age of 21, all people have to take a test whose outcome will determine what the person's role in society will be. Wynter, however, has a rather different experience during the exam and consequently turns into the test subject of a doctor with questionable methods and even more questionable motives. For Wynter, the time as a test subject is the beginning of a path that can apparently only end in the destruction of all humanity. She has a special power, but it is classified as a disease. In addition to making her feel like she is a lonely outcast, it also gnaws away at her life energy. Ultraxenopia by M.A. Phipps is one of many books with a similar idea, i.e. young adults who for some reason turn out to be different than the majority and who live in a world that is less than ideal when it comes to their leaders and the overall ethics of the population in general. What makes this book different from the rest is the writing and the way the story develops. It was a little short, but I guess this is usually the case with books in a series - and once all the books are out, you could always just read them in one go to create a single, flawless reading experience. I liked that Wynter acted like a normal person would, i.e. not going through all her issues as if it was easy for her. Sometimes, heroes in novels seem a little bit unreal and you feel like they are fake. Wynter certainly does not feel fake and acts in a believable manner. I did not feel really connected to most of the other characters, but in some way that is a good thing. It will definitely be interesting to see whether Wynter will somehow manage to stay safe, considering the rather silly decision she made at the end of book 1!
mollyreads More than 1 year ago
Actual Rating: 4.5 I thought the plot was great! It definitely reminded me of how much I’ve missed the dystopian genre. The book just dives right into the plot, it wastes absolutely no time with fluff. I very much enjoyed it. I think the characters are written really well and the story is thrilling and fast-paced. There are some unanswered questions or character backgrounds that I’d love to know, but since this is a series, I suspect those questions will be answered later. This is a fantastic first novel that definitely reignited my love for the dystopian genre. If you’re a lover of The Giver or Divergent, you’ll love this as well!
keleex More than 1 year ago
A fascinating dystopian read! Regardless if you are a dystopian genre buff or not, you won’t be disappointeed. I don’t normally like to compare books in my reviews but I felt like this was a cross between Hunger Games and Divergent (I love them all). The world is set up so you feel like you are right there. The background for the characters is beautifully flawed. This author gives you just enough to be sure you continue to find out more about the others. Perfect! Wynter is about to take her placement test when something happens to her. She is having hallucinations and is taken to the DSD and is told that she has a disease, Ultraxenopia. She is told that she will be safe but ends up being tortured by Dr. Richter for “the greater good”. She keeps seeing this man in her visions. She escapes and finds this man who is part of the rebellion group PHOENIX. As if her head wasn’t spinning while with the DSD, her whole world is turned upside down. Fear, confusion, disbelief, questioning of morals, and trying to figure out what is right and what is wrong....This story will have you all over the board and trying to figure out exactly what is going on and what the next step is. Truly captivating! “When I enter the corridor, I notice Jenner leaning up against the wall next to the door. He’s whistling a soft tune and his eyes are closed. He looks serene, beautiful even. At peace. I envy him, wishing more than anything that I could know what that feels like.” “Sympathy— or I guess, in this instance, empathy— can alter a person’s mindset toward just about anything, regardless of the circumstances. Or, in our case, because of the circumstances.” “From the day I was born, I’ve been told to suppress my emotions —that by doing so I would successfully integrate into a society that it’s taken me my whole life to realize is poisonous. Humans are meant to feel. We’re meant to love. We aren’t meant to shut any of that out, and what I never grasped before is that you can’t. One way or another, they’ll find their way to the surface. One way or another, they’ll find a way to break through. Holding back all of those feelings for twenty-one years leaves me unprepared for the onslaught that attacks me now. Each emotion tears through me, burning into my soul until there’s nothing left but a pile of ashes. From those ashes, what rises up is the new me.” This is a new author for me and I’m hooked. There is a cliffhanger and I am anxiously awaiting the next installment. A must read!
BiblioGalBook More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review!' Ultraxenopia, is the story of Wynter Reeves, who for all intents and purposes is an ordinary girl trying to fit in to societal norms. The rule for survival is simple Don't Stand Out. Unfortunately for Wynter, that's about to change. What happens to her is the catalyst for this amazing journey. I don't want to give out any spoilers so I'll leave it there. The only reason I didn't give a full 5 stars is that I wished the story wasn't so fast paced. The world in which Wynter resides is well crafted and easy to imagine. The characters are realistic and likable (with exception to the antagonist of course) The relationships between the characters are a little rushed, but I'm hoping there is a second novel so we can explore their depths a little better! All in all this is a good book and if you're a fan of Divergent, you should probably pick this one up too.
KWSkultetyLVT More than 1 year ago
This book is dark and unsettling, especially in the description of Wynter’s seizures and how much pain she is in during one of her episodes. She is kept unaware of what her true purpose is and used by the research facility to try to discover how the world ends. When she ends up in the outside world, she is understandably naive and unsure of how she fits in. The author does a nice job of conveying her doubt and confusion, while painting a dystopian world with an underground community trying to fend for themselves. There is a love interest, which adds to Wynter’s dilemma but should be a big hit with the YA audience. I found the medical and hospital settings the most interesting to me, as this is a new addition to the whole dystopian theme. Wynter is a strong girl and the author creates her character as one who develops character as the book goes on, with elements of suspense that will keep readers wondering what will happen next. Wynter has some hard choices to make and she struggles with them, just as an ordinary teen would. She experiences betrayal and hurt in some very well written scenes, and I felt my emotions stirred as I started to realize what was happening to her. So much responsibility heaped on a person! This is book 1 of a trilogy, following the patterns of many dystopian works. The ending of the book is the obligatory cliffhanger, guaranteed to keep you waiting for book 2. I for one can’t believe what the author has Wynter do at the end….but that’s the idea. According to many positive reviews out there, a lot of people are invested in this series and are waiting anxiously for the next one. I’d love to see how Phipps can build on this popular story.