Rarely have I come across an author with a more fertile imagination than Laura Kreitzer. Her strong world building and unparalleled plots are beyond anything I could possible dream up and I can't help but get hooked on her stories. Summer was a heroine unlike any I have read before. Silence is how she has learned to cope with her harsh existence as a slave and perhaps her silence is why her emotions come across so strongly. The immediate connection between she and Gage was overwhelmingly moving and could be felt all the way to the marrow of my bones. Kreitzer's ability to create these heartbreakingly sweet romances within the center of the storyline can only be described as a gift. Phantom Universe was filled with dark moments joined with just enough hope to keep this reader enthralled. My rating should actually be 4 1/2 stars, but that's not an option, so keep that in mind when you see the 4 star rating. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing where Summer leads us next.