Phantom Universe

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Sold into slavery to pirates, Summer learns to survive the rough seas of subterfuge and thieves through silence. When the boat she's lived on most of her life is destroyed, Summer is washed up on the shore of a new world, a phantom universe full of the bizarre and extraordinary. When death looms, will Summer finally call out? Or will all be lost in the fathomless depth of silence? More
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Published: Jan. 25, 2012
Words: 89,990
Language: English
ISBN: 9781937790028
About Laura Kreitzer

Laura Kreitzer is a best-selling fantasy and science fiction author who hails from western Kentucky. Represented by Pam van Hylckama Vlieg, partner at Foreword Literary. Laura's full-time 9-5 job used to be working in a lab devoted to water dye-tracing investigations at Western Kentucky University, though her passion was always writing. After seven years of dedicating her life to the environment, she made the tough decision to leave the university to pursue her writing career. Now Laura has several novels published, with several more in the works.

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Review by: Ray Chelle on May 28, 2012 : star star star star
To be honest, one of the main reasons I liked this book is because of the cute romance. I’m a sucker for it, and it just makes me go “Awwww…”, or something of the sort. Gage and Summer’s relationship is just so endearing, with Gage supporting Summer through almost every hardship and always understanding her – it seemed like a perfect relationship. However, how Gage was portrayed is also one of the slight problems I had with Phantom Universe. He seemed to good to be true, especially with his ranking as a Lieutenant. Nevertheless, it was cute to see how Gage helped Summer survive and eventually regain her voice.

However, I also admired Summer’s strong bonds with Landon and Jaden. Their friendship was remarkable and reasonably developed throughout the story. They supported Summer as much as Gage did, if not more.

The plot was well written – it had its peaks of excitement and moved along pretty quickly. My only complaint is that *spoiler* Summer’s rescue from the Secret Clock Society seemed to easy for the characters to go through. They encountered almost no problems, if not none. In addition, Gage’s relationship with Summer seems too good to be true, and developed relatively quickly. Finally, the regaining of her voice also seemed oversimplified. After all those years, how was it so easy for her to shout (not whisper, or simply say, shout) *end spoiler*. However, the romance probably pulled me in so successfully, I loved this book anyways.

Despite my various problems with the plot and Gage, I’ll probably be reading the next book, Forsaken Harbor. It’s mainly because I’m curious to find out what happens to Julian, after he says *spoiler* Why did you make me love her? (Summer) *end spoiler*.

I recommend this book to teens (mostly females) who are looking for a (free!) read who like romance and a bit of fantasy, for the romance is pretty endearing c:
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Review by: Blakely Chorpenning on April 02, 2012 : star star star star star
Kreitzer has created a character that is not only fantastically unique and complex, but also a reminder that human trafficing -an utterly soul splintering underground practice- is not just in history books. It steals lives every day.

Summer, the main character in 'Phantom Universe', was beaten into silence when she was four and sold into slavery. Unable to even whisper to herself, Summer eventually discovers that she harbors a strange power (after she becomes the target of a secret society). Up until her sixteenth birthday, she really has no idea that she is different. Or that she deserves the right to be a person at all.

At times I found myself aggravated with Summer for not finding her will faster, for not standing up for herself sooner. But Kreitzer is understandably methodical with her character. Summer has grown up with the notion that she is property. And property has only the value the owner gives it. But the moment does come, slowly (as it should), when Summer shyly explores the idea of personal rights. Summer's "relationship" was occasionally frustrating, as well. Though it is all just the first steps in what the sequel promises.

I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a book with real soul.

Note: There are a few explicit scenes involving the beating and mistreatment of small children. However, it all has purpose in the story. And it is pivotal to understanding Summer and the hard won progress she makes.
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Review by: Larry Edgin on March 06, 2012 : (no rating)
This is one of hte best books I have read in a long time. Read it, and then read it again
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Review by: Adelaye Hearst on Jan. 26, 2012 : star star star star star
Read this book this motning. Really thought it was great. Can't wait for more.
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Review by: MB Crandell on Jan. 25, 2012 : star star star star star
I recently discovered the author on another website and am pleased to see her here. I love her other books and highly recommend to everyone. Good solid plot lines, character development and above all you won't want to put any book down that she's written.
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