Title: Burning Midnight
Author: Will McIntosh
Series: Stand Alone
Publisher: Random House Childrens
Release Date: February 2nd 2016
Sully is a sphere dealer at a flea market. It doesn’t pay much—Alex Holliday’s stores have muscled out most of the independent sellers—but it helps him and his mom make the rent. No one knows where the brilliant-colored spheres came from. One day they were just there, hidden all over the earth like huge gemstones. Burn a pair and they make you a little better: an inch taller, skilled at math, better-looking. The rarer the sphere, the greater the improvement—and the more expensive the sphere.
When Sully meets Hunter, a girl with a natural talent for finding spheres, the two start searching together. One day they find a Gold—a color no one has ever seen. And when Alex Holliday learns what they have, he will go to any lengths, will use all of his wealth and power, to take it from them.
There’s no question the Gold is priceless, but what does it actually do? None of them is aware of it yet, but the fate of the world rests on this little golden orb. Because all the world fights over the spheres, but no one knows where they come from, what their powers are, or why they’re here.
The cover for Burning Midnight really caught my eye as I was flipping through Netgalley, I think it is lovely and Intriguing and I am a big person for judging a book by the cover.
I loved the concept of the book I believe it is unique in the genre that one day these shiny different coloured spheres show up out of nowhere and they are able to give the person who burns them by holding them up to their heads, special abilities. Of course like any fad some are rarer and more expensive than others.
Instead of being cautious and wondering where and why, people start bartering and selling them, which creates new class systems in society, their are those that are incredibly rich and use the rarest spheres to make themselves, smarter, prettier, faster,ect. Then there are the middle class that only have a few spheres for birthday’s ect. Then the lower class that can’t afford them which is where our protagonist comes in.
Sully is a sphere dealer, he trades and sells spheres to keep him and his mother in money. He would love to burn spheres but they are more valuable selling than using. Sully hit the big time when he found one of the rarest spheres you could find. except he was swindled and did not receive any money for it.
Sully meets Hunter another Sphere dealer but she actually looks for the spheres herself to sell. she has great Ideas for her and Sully to find new Spheres and strike it rich.
I do believe that this book could have been better managed, some of the scenes did not fit in with the story line, and Sully was a dumb arse that had you slapping your head a few times, seriously after the first time of being swindled you would think that he would learn his lesson.
I did enjoy this book for it’s uniqueness, and I would love a follow on story just to go a bit more in-depth about the spheres and their consequence on humanity.