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Phantom Universe (Summer Chronicles #1) [Kindle Edition]

Laura Kreitzer
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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Sold into slavery to pirates at the young age of four, 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 finds herself washed up on the shore of a new world, a phantom universe full of the bizarre and extraordinary. She meets Gage, the one boy who understands the girl with no speech. But when their lives are put on the line, will Summer finally call out? Or will all be lost in the fathomless depth of silence?


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"This is truly a unique, original, and emotional novel." - YA Bound

"Kreitzer blows me away with her imagination with writing, which is deep and rich, her characters multi-faceted." - Fire and Ice

"This book is a pleasant mix of sci-fi, romance, and time travel to a dystopian society." - Truly Bookish

"The story was so original and breathtaking from the first page on. The story blends genres in a way I haven't seen before, and it was great to see an author be able to create a world that took me in from page one and didn't let me go until I was finished with the book. [. . .] The writing was scarily good." - Electrifying Reviews

"I'm glad that Laura Kreitzer tackled the way that young slaves are treated in the slave trade that exists even now." - Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile

"This book touches on some very tough subjects, which Laura wrote in an emotional and touching way [. . .]" - Books for Company

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing read! March 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Phantom Universe took my breath away. This book is unique, heart-wrenching, romantic, beautiful, and thought invoking. Laura Kreitzer has created an exquisite world, alluring story, and amazing characters. I was completely immersed in the story from page one, and I did not want it to end.

Tortured and beaten as a child, Summer became mute, learning that silence was the best policy to avoid the lash of a whip. She was sold to a slave ship at a young age, and her life became dominated by seafarers and the roll of the waves. She is able to find a companion on the ship, Landon, who is able to understand her, and they quickly become best freinds. However, they are wrenched apart when the ship is destroyed, and Summer finds herself stranded on an island. She is unknowingly thrust into a future world, a phantom universe. She meets Gage, who is unlike any other man she has even come across, and he helps introduce her to this new, wondrous realm. Just as Summer is adjusting to her new life, she learns that she is highly sought after, and some Secret Clock Society would love nothing more than to see her dead. When their lives are put on the line, will Summer finally call out? Or will all be lost in the fathomless depth of silence?

This book was a completely new type of story for me. I have never read a story where the main character is mute, nor one where slavery and torture is a major underlying theme. The moments when Summer recalls beatings or trauma are packed with raw emotions and pain, and my heart went out to her. Kreitzer does an amazing job bringing Summer's emotions to life. I cannot remember the last time I have felt this strongly or deeply for a character.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Book for Young Teens Only May 15, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm trying hard to understand why this book is rated so highly. I was incredibly disappointed with it for a host of reasons, but here are four main reasons why:

1. The protagonist was much stronger and more self-sufficient as a child than she is as a young woman. She actually goes backwards - getting more fearful and distressed as she matures. And as soon as a love interest is introduced, she becomes a weeping, hyperventilating, disintegrating mess every time there's a challenge. And the author goes on and on about her falling apart - at great length - each time it happens. So discouraging.

2. The ending is intensely unsatisfying. Nothing is wrapped up or explained in its entirety. It's purely a setup for a sequel.

3. The editing is incredibly bad - profoundly bad. Not only the use of ellipses (three dots) for actual punctuation, but the word "shuttering" used for shuddering, the word "to" for too, "chagrin" for dismay, "about of wood" for amount of wood, "like she's drank" for like she's drunk, "bare down" for bear down, "sting with fervor" (excitement) for sting intensely - and I could go on and on. (If author Laura Kreitzer's editor is a friend, she needs to get a real editor.)

4. While it's not divulged in the synopsis of the book, I consider this a book for young teenagers only. Even as a teen book, it's not a very good one, but its category should still be young adult. I'm sorry to say it, but I think adults will find Phantom Universe a waste of their time.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FREAKING AWESOME! March 15, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I had the pleasure of 'reading' this book via audio book (read by Karen Savage) Summer is trained at the age of four to be a slave who is not seen or heard. In order to circumvent regular beating she becomes mute, not even laughter escapes her lips. At the age of four she is sold into slavery on a ship and from the age of four until just days before her 16th birthday she never sets foot on land.

The concept of this story is so individual and intriguing. Throughout the book Summer has flashbacks to her life prior to her kidnapping all the way to her current age. The idea that you can retain your memories as far back as the age of four is astounding! It really made me think of what my first memory was; approximately four years old! Summer is inteligent and strong willed and a fighter, you can't help but fall in love with her character. Laura then introduces Landon (one of my favorite names) who is a fellow slave and Summers savior turned best friend. Some exceptional events happen a few days prior to Summers 16th birthday and she is seperated from Landon all sources indicating that he is dead, when she is then partnered up with her old cell mate from 11 years ago Jaden. Jaden and Summer then run into the people of the future, among them Gage and Cameron. This new world of the future is filled with riots and technology and outlander camps. These camps are holding cells until a Nazi re-run can be attempted.

Re-reading this review I seem to have given mini-summaries of Phantom Universe, this was not my intention. Laura's chracters are well developed and loveable. Some of them are well developed and dislikable. You are drawn into Summers story and you don't want to get out. I found myself getting agitated at any interuptions from the story. These are the things that make a great book, Phantom Universe is a wonderful book. I would recommend it to anyone of any self reading age.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful!
I am so in love with this series! It has everything and more! I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in the series. Thank you for writing such fabulous work!!
Published 24 days ago by Shae thompson
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
Interesting. Somewhat repetitive. A lot left unexplained. Ending sucks.
A different type of story that keeps you involved. Fairly well edited.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
Summer's character is incredible. You feel her life experiences, her pain and joy. You want to yell out loud for her. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Annette Moore
2.0 out of 5 stars Oddly disappointing
Reasonable action, good (if very juvenile) characters, plotting not completely silly, but overall it is impossible to suspend disbelief as the neither the characters motivations... Read more
Published 6 months ago by James lange
4.0 out of 5 stars Phantom universe
A great read, vivid and generative. The only reason it doesn't get five stars is the somewhat confusing movement in time.
Published 7 months ago by Gibs Neil
1.0 out of 5 stars normal story not worth much time.
Very dull and no real mystery. The fiction was the usual we read of in most stories.you can put it down.
Published 9 months ago by Jeffemail
4.0 out of 5 stars Summer#1
Great sci fi story by Laura Kreitzer. The entire thing is written in present tense, that serves up confusion in timing. (yesterday, tomorrow, today? Read more
Published 10 months ago by S. Lennon
3.0 out of 5 stars First half good, second half not so much
The only way to do the review for this book properly is to do it in two parts. The first half was a great story. I was totally hooked and couldn't wait to read more. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Rose
4.0 out of 5 stars Really cool
Before I read any book I read the comments to see if the book is worth reading or if I'm just wasting my time. I found that most people liked it so I added it and read it. Read more
Published 13 months ago by M. Dehaven
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much
I just couldn't get through this book. The story is believable but puts too much emphasis on the girl and her tragic life as a slave and rape victim. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
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Laura Kreitzer is a published fiction author who hails from western Kentucky. Her 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.

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