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.