Phantom Universe by Laura Kreitzer

Due out: February 15 2011

Obsidian Mountain Publishing

My Copy: e-copy from publisher

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?


This is going to be a super fast review because this is a DNF (did not finish) for me. It’s not for lack of trying let me tell you. I set out really hoping to love this book. And maybe, at some point I will go back and try again. Perhaps I’m just not in the right frame of mind for this one right now.

I started it a week ago and have had to put it down and go onto something else several times. Over the span of the week I have read a full length novel, a novella and a short story. And still I can’t make it to the half way point in Phantom Universe. I think my problem lies in that beginning takes so long. There is a ton of back story going on and while I did feel horrible for the little girl, Summer and what she has had to endure as the life of a slave (beating, a near rape)…it just didn’t engage me like I needed it to. By the time our hero is introduced I just wasn’t into it and had to put it down. I have no idea at this point what Summer’s role is, why people are following her, or the reason for the time difference she has experienced while being held as a slave on a modern-day pirate ship. Summer doesn’t speak (up till the point I put it down at least), so the book is mainly her thoughts and those speaking around her and her attempt to communicate effectively with them. The internal thinking got old for me real fast. I’m way more of a conversation reader then an internal dialogue reader. With a main character with no speech I was kind of out of luck in that department I suppose. Though I was just getting through the introduction of Gage (the hero) I wasn’t enthralled enough to keep going.

I really wanted to love this book. I tried, I really did. But unfortunately it just didn’t work for me. There are plenty of positive reviews though so I figure it’s just me. Here is the link to the books Goodreads page where it got several 5 stars ratings as of the time this blog was wrote.

Here is the link to the authors page as well: Laura Kreitzer I only hope I have the opportunity to try something else of her’s one day.I’m certain based on her many reviews, this was an isolated occurrence for me.

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