Sara’s Review of Phantom Universe by Laura Kreitzer

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? – From Goodreads

I received this book in audio format compliments of Jennifer at Revolutionary Press. You can see my review of the audio book by clicking on the link – here. In that review I promised to give my thoughts on the story itself, and because I am a cat who tries to always keep her promises, I will now share my review on “Phantom Universe” by Laura Kreitzer.

If you enjoy dystopian themed novels then you will certainly enjoy this book. Murr! Kreitzer has created a world that is both exciting and rather disturbing in turn. Imagine if you will the entire North American continent run by Canada. Want to find out how this happens? Read the book!

Most of the story is told in the present, though some chapters are devoted to Summer’s childhood and told through flashbacks. These flashbacks help to explain why Summer is both mute and considerably more mature than most kids her age. There are some truly dark moments in her past and there is one moment in particular that did not sit well with me. If you are sensitive to violence consider this a warning that you might need to skip a page or two.

Kreitzer’s characters are memorable and unique, though I will admit that my favorite is Jayden; she’s got a rather quirky sense of humor that I find charming. Because Summer does not talk, it was interesting to see how everyone interacted with her. Some took on the duel role of being her voice along with being themselves. These moments really allowed characters like Jayden, Landon, and others, to shine and be more than just support for the main character. By the end of the book you want everyone that Summer calls friends to be there with her because each is an extension of her. In this, I feel as though Kreitzer has done a remarkable job of making each character a vital part of the story.

Filled with emotionally charged scenes, wonderful characters, and rich descriptions, Phantom Universe is a great addition to the growing dystopian genre!

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Posted on December 18, 2011, in Book Reviews. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off.

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