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.
I love reading Dystopian novels. I love seeing how the author chooses to make characters see what is WRONG with their society. I love fear turning to determination. I love darkness turning into hope.
Ultraxenopia slaps the reader in the face (in a good way) with all of these elements that make up a great Dystopian novel. I read this book fairly quickly for a mom who works full-time and then has toddlers tugging on her when she gets home (“Shh, kids. Mommy is reading.” doesn’t ever work for some reason).
Wynter is afraid. All the time. I feel like I would be too, so I was able to really lose myself in the story and imagine that what was happening to Wynter was happening to me. That makes a great story.
I also reviewed ULTRAXENOPIA on my YouTube channel. Check it out! I covered a few different points in a quick 3 minute format.