Ultraxenopia By M.A. Phipps

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The trailer pretty much says it all.  Don’t Stand Out…Remain Invisible… Wynter Reeves is just your average oppressed 20 something who wants her assigned place in society and to blend in with the masses.  She’s never thought about life in any other capacity.  One day, when she tries to sit in on her job placement exam, that all changes.

Through a series of painful “panic attacks”, she does something that she’s always feared: Drawn attention to herself!  The government soon takes custody of her and her life becomes sheer hell.

Tortured on a daily basis, Wynter is losing her will to live. Her “panic attacks” turn out to be visions of the future. During a torture session, she sees herself with a man her age looking sorrowfully at her while surrounded by complete destruction.  This seems to encourage Dr. Richter and he plans to up the torture factor, to extract more information. At this point, Wynter knows she needs to escape or she’ll die. (This part is pretty intense and I seriously didn’t know how it was going to be pulled off)  When she finally manages to escape, she finds herself in the secret lair of PHEONIX and Ezra Laramie, the man in her visions.

Ezra, mysterious, handsome, and standoffish. He instantly distrusts Wynter and gives her the cold shoulder. Could this really be the person she’s supposed to trust? The person who is going to help her survive? Can she trust her new protectors?  Will her time as a captive of the government compromise the group?  Can Ezra be trusted?  Is she merely a pawn in a war that’s never ending?

All these questions came up during my time immersed in Wynter’s world and they were all answered.  I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.  The only reason I didn’t give it the full 5 was because I felt it was a little to fast paced and the relationships between characters were a bit rushed (I would have liked a bit more in the Getting To Know You portions of the story) With the way the story ended, I am assuming there will be a sequel (hopefully soon :D) and maybe the character backstories will be clearer and the relationships will be explored in more detail.

I would recommend this book to my Dystopian loving buddies, Sci-Fi fanatics, and Fiction enthusiasts. If you’re a fan of the Divergent Series, then you especially need to add this to your library!

Ultraxenopia is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble and the Author M.A. Phipps can be found at maphipps.com

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