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4.17  ·  Rating details ·  319 ratings  ·  169 reviews
NOTE: This is an out of print edition. A revised, extended edition was released in March 2021 by Shire-Hill Publications.

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 oppres
Paperback, 355 pages
Published January 19th 2016 by CHBB Publishing (first published March 17th 2015)
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M.A. Phipps It does, but how bad it is depends on the reader. Some have said it's not unbearable whereas others have cursed my very existence for it (lol).…moreIt does, but how bad it is depends on the reader. Some have said it's not unbearable whereas others have cursed my very existence for it (lol).(less)
M.A. Phipps The first sequel, Type X, is already released (came out earlier this month). The third and final installment is currently in progress.

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4 stars upon reread.

I still really enjoy this world and the characters as well as the plot, but there were just a couple of the things with the writing that would briefly take me out of the story, but nothing super major or anything. I also wanted more on the disease, Ultraxenopia, because I find it really fascinating, and I hopefully will get more on it in the second book. Overall, it was still a really enjoyable and fun read. I would also like to say that this is new adult as opposed to young
Jul 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian
2.5 Stars. For the first half of this book, I was wrapped around the author’s little finger. I was loving everything I read. After that, not so much but I’ll explain.

This was a dystopian tale and the society was totally introverted. People didn’t speak to each other, you looked down rather than at someone’s face, no one loitered – they went directly to where they had to be, families didn’t express affection…these were a few of the odd ways this society acted. I was looking forward to finding out
Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it

**** 4 Cranky stars ****

Wynter lives in a dystopian world so different and foreign to the one we live in presently. The governing State discourages people to be individuals, express their opinion, their passion or to simply be free. Fear governs the population and to break the laws equals punishment, prison or death.

That is the world where Wynter was born and lives until her twenty-first birthday.

When I started reading the book, I thought Wynter was younger because she seemed quite naïve and ti
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wrote this review a day after I finished the book. And let me just say I kept catching myself thinking about this book all day and night! A good book can do that to you people!!! Now, I love me some dystopian books. And let me tell you I LOVED this exciting, breath holding, thrilling, interesting, suspenseful, unique dystopian! I'm not going to lie... I may or may not have yelled out loud at the characters thinking they could hear me. I got so caught up in this book that I often forgot it was ...more
Carol Ann
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Latest read is Feb 2016:
M.A. Phipps managed to make a great story even better. She has the talent to create a dystopian world that is incredibly detailed without being too wordy. Rather than having her explain the world, she shows it to you. Without realizing it, you begin to fall for Wynter Reeves immediately. I love her strong character that also has a strong human sense to her rather than a cardboard cutout. I think a big contributor to that is the description of how she's feeling in a physio
Review: Ultraxenopia (Project W.A.R #1) by M.A. Phipps Publication Date: 3rd April 2015
ISBN: 978-0993217708
Source:  review copy provided by author
Rating: 5*
Ultraxenopia is a New Adult Dystopia following twenty-one year old protagonist Wynter Reeves as she struggles between conforming to the oppressive society she's always known or risking everything to join an uprising rebellion-all the while suffering from a rare and debilitating condition which allows her to see the future.
Found it by chance and I can't say I'm dissapointed. The beginning was strong and the ending got me screaming for the sequel. ...more
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*I received this book in exchange for an honest review*

Okay so before I start praising every detail of this FABULOUS book, I would like to point out that this book is a dystopian novel. Yes, I know you probably read that sentence and went "DUH," but if you know me, I typically do not like dystopian novels. I have read a plethora of them, so trust me when I say that I have only liked a few dystopian novels and the rest hurtled into the section of my brain known as The Point of No Return, as in I
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
it wasn't good it wasn't bad and I'm totally confused about what grade to give this one. I don't have any clear feelings toward it. For some reason I kept reading but I can't put my finger on why. What I do know is that there was barely any world building and the characters were not very relatable.

Kimberly Vanderbloom
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Here is the rundown. This book is about a woman named Wynter Reeves. She just wants to blend in and remain invisible. During a State mandated test, she no longer is invisible. She becomes a test subject for the State. She finds out she has a disease called Ultraxenopia and her life is now on a roller coaster of a adventure that she begins to learn about herself and her condition.

I first found out about this book on a Facebook group. The more teasers I saw made me get extremely excited for the r
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ultraxenopia sucked me in. I literally couldn’t put it down! This book has all the elements of a great dystopia… oppression, rebellion, political upheaval, action, drama, good vs. evil, main characters pulled between two sides—need I say more?

The character development was strong and I believed in the relationships. Especially, Wynter’s reactions to both captivity by the State and the Phoenix community.

This book sets the stage for more. We become invested in the characters with hints of what’s t
Barbara Gartman
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ultraxenopia (Project W.A.R. #1) is suspenseful and keeps you on the edge of your seat. There were times when I felt as though I couldn't breath while anticipating what was going to happen next. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough!!!! What will happen next?????? I can't wait to find out in book 2. I enjoyed this book greatly and highly recommend purchasing it. ...more
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: r2r
I started reading this one last night and could not put it down until I finished. I just got sucked right into this world and did not want to leave. What Wynter went through in the first part of this book actually made me a little queasy. That was all sorts of messed up. Then we saw the true nature of her condition, and it was both terrifying and amazing. Terrmazing?

I really liked the characters we were introduced to in the second half of the book. There were some heartbreaking moments, but I'm
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
PUBLICATION DAY REVIEW: Ultraxenopia (Project W.A.R. #1) by M.A. Phipps Published by: CHBB Publishing (19th January 2016)
ISBN: 9781523256303
Source: ARC via author
Rating: 5*
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
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This review originally appeared on my blog at

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 pa
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews-tbr
Oh My God !! Amazing dystopian book !! One of the best dytopian I've ever read ! I'm in love with Ultraxenopia ! LOOOOOVEEEE ITTT!!!!!!!!

*I receive this book from author in exchange for an honest review*

This new adult dystopian story captured my imagination from the outset and I couldn't get enough of Wynter Reeves and her harrowing story. I'm so glad I decided to read it; I simply couldn't put it down!
The character development was strong and I believed in the relationships. Especially, Wynte
Jun 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: r-and-r, arc, 3-stars
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of Ultraxenopia by M. A. Phipps from the Rachel E. Carter YA book club on Goodreads!

Rating: 3 stars

I'm... Confused. I'm not sure it me not LOVING this book wasn't my fault though? (Be prepared for an incoherent review, I'm sorry)
I haven't been in much of a reading mood, and I feel like that might be the reason that I didn't actually enjoy the first parts of Ultraxenopia. I got bored and remained uninterested and confused throughout those chapters - and moreover, th
Debbie Eyre
Jun 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Betrayed by Family. Tortured by the Enemy. Destined to Destroy the World.

This is a great dystopian read full of action, drama, oppression, politics and rebellion. Drawn in by the gripping storyline, it’s exciting and a great read. Has fab characters and I just loved Wynter our kick ass female mc and has twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat. I loved Divergent and Hunger Games and I loved this. I am so so excited to read the next book!
Phillip Stephens
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: diversion
Mind blowing. Literally.
Spoiler Alert: Author M.A. Phipps wrote Ultraxenopia as volume one of her Project W.A.R. series. Many series books end with a minor climax to tie up this installment then prepare readers for the next installment. Phipps ends Ultraxenopia with an unresolved cliffhanger. As with Empire Strikes Back, you’ll need to pony up for the next installment to find out if her heroine, Wynter, prevails.

Alas, Phipps is no George Lucas and readers might not find Ultraxenopia as compe
Aug 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've found myself taking chances on new authors a lot lately and have not been disappointed. This is such a good read that I'm still thinking about it.

Wynter is a young girl who is caught up in something she has no control over. The government has rules - don't step out of line, don't stand out or there will be consequences. She gets a first hand look at what happens when you're different in a society when being different can be treasonous. When it can get you killed - or in her case experiment
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED the book. It was all of my favourite things- Dystopian, Thriller, YA, Sci-fi (Kinda). I was in a reading slump before this and had switched like 2-3 books. This book gripped me from the FIRST PAGE itself. There was a feeling of suspense right from there. The suspense in this book is so strong it's actually thrilling. And I love thrillers. I finished it yesterday and am constantly thinking about it. I CANNOT wait for the sequal to come out! As I mentioned before, this got me ou ...more
Michael Quinn
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for the sequel!! It introduces a new and unique society to the dystopian genre, and a new heroine for readers to follow (hopefully for several more books to come :^). The book is very well structured and extremely well written, especially given that it's this authors first published effort. It is a quick read with the storyline progressing nicely throughout, with no parts that don't contribute to the ongoing development of the characters and story. This ...more
Karin Williams
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story pulls you in from the beginning and leaves you wanting to read the next book immediately!
We meet Wynter as she nervously heads to take a placement exam that will determine the rest of her life. She has an anxiety attack, leaves early, and then everything in her life is turned upside down. The evolution of this story draws you in and does not let go. I read it in two sittings! And that was only because I had to work.
If you enjoy dystopian novels and strong character development, you w
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The opinions in this review are my own. I found this book refreshing. I think that readers that enjoyed the Hunger Games, The Giver, and other such books will like this book. I have read the books I mentioned and this book felt very much in the same vein for me. I enjoyed reading this and seeing M.A. Phipps take on the genre. I enjoyed the main character Wynter Reeves. As I was reading I started to think about how I would respond i ...more
Beth Kendall
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book - the first one I've enjoyed in ages. I found the characters easy to relate too however I couldn't picture them in my head very well. This book was fast moving enough that I didn't get bored but it was slow enough the storyline wasn't confusing. My main criticism was the ending how it ended on a MASSIVE cliffhanger and I hate not knowing what happens next. I don't mind a small cliffhanger but it felt like it was half a book. However saying that I really enjoyed the boo ...more
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this was a very good book. I would read more on this series! I found myself taken by the life and struggles of the main character, Wynter Reeves. Wynter takes a placement exam that will determine the rest of her life. I enjoyed following this character in this story. I can see this book as a movie one day! * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
PJ Lea
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A shocking, but thrilling story about Wynter and her condition called ultraxenopia. Some sections had me absolutely horrified, others made me feel like crying, but the whole book had me engrossed in the action and the relationships between the characters. A great read and a perfect example of dystopian fiction.
Demetria P
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! It kept me interested and I flew right through it. The storyline isn't like anything I've read before and I recommend this to everyone! I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for the one! ...more
Fateme kerdegari
it's all challenging ,running, become hurt and be powerful and a bit taste of love, luck in her life I like it at the beginning and easy reading to me I hope everyone get this story five stars cuase it worth it ;) ...more
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wendy by: Rachel E. Carter's YA Book Club
Shelves: dystopian, adult
“Ultraxenopia” the first novel in the imaginative, and gripping adult dystopian trilogy “Project W.A.R.” opens when Wynter Reeves blacks out in her placement exam and is swept up in a vision of chaos and bloodshed as she envisions the world being destroyed. Weak, panicked and stumbling home the twenty-one- year old who’d always been a perfect citizen of the State staying invisible and blending in, is suddenly faced with a troop of Enforcers who take her to the DSD, a research laboratory where sh ...more
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M. A. PHIPPS is an American author who resides near the ocean in picturesque Cornwall with her husband, daughter, and their Jack Russell, Milo. A lover of the written word, it has always been her dream to become a published author, and it is her hope to expand into multiple genres of fiction.

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