Review: Ultraxenopia (Project W.A.R. #1) by M.A. Phipps

Ultraxenopia (Project W.A.R. #1)

Synopsis

Don’t stand out. Blend in. Remain invisible. Those are the rules I lived by—the rules I thought would keep me alive. 

I was wrong.

Wynter Reeves is a law-abiding citizen of the State, a willing conformist whose daily life is haunted by terrorism and oppression. With the constant threat of death hanging over her like a shadow, she forces herself to live by a strict set of rules, all in the hope of ensuring she is never noticed. However, on her twenty-first birthday, as she prepares to take the placement exam that will determine her future within society, she begins to show symptoms of a rare and debilitating illness—ultimately attracting the attention of the State. Taken into the custody of the feared research facility known as the DSD, her worst nightmare becomes reality.

Ripped away from the life she knew, Wynter is forced to become the test subject of the mysterious Dr. Richter. Through him, she learns the true and terrifying nature of her condition: a disease called Ultraxenopia.

4-Stars Review

This was an interesting read. I enjoyed it a lot. For me, it was a fast paced, thrilling read. I loved the story and all the characters. Wynter's life is turned upside down when she had a panic attack in the middle of an exam. That exam was going to decide her future, now she doesn't have much a future. Soon she is taken by the authorities and tested on. Apparently she has a rare genetic disorder which gives her powers. The State wants to use these powers for their evil plans. Dr. Ritcher is the one who is torturing her is the hopes that she will become more powerful. To them she is a weapon, and not a living breathing human. They don't care about her so there is only one thing to do. She must run...

Running away turns out to be easier than she expected. But she fears that it's all a game to them. They want something and using her to get it. That's how she meets Ezra. He is one person she feels that she can trust. But may be her trust is misplaced. Only time will tell...

It's very intriguing story, about a place where State decides everyone's fate. No one, absolutely no one gets a second chance. Once an enemy of the State is always an enemy. People are executed for as little as breaking a line in a queue. The only way to survive in this world is to blend in. Wynter Reeves has failed in doing that. She stood out like a beacon and now she is in trouble.

I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys science-fiction stories. It ends in a cliffhanger and I can't wait to read more.