Review: Burning Midnight

Title: Burning Midnight
Author: Will McIntosh
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Published: February 2, 2016
320 Pages, paperback, arc
ISBN: 9780553534108
Genre: Science Fiction
Source: Publisher


Seventeen-year-old David Sullivan’s life is about to change—all because of one tiny, priceless item found in the murky bottom of a Brooklyn water tower.

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 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 more expensive—and the greater the improvement.

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 worth millions, 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.

My Thoughts:

Award winning author, Will McIntosh, has written his first YA novel, and it's pretty darn good. This story centers around David Sullivan, a seventeen year old who has had a string of bad luck. Ever since the spheres arrived, it seemed his luck was running out even more, until he meets Hunter. A girl with secrets and probably even worse luck than him. Together they hunt the mystical spheres, looking for the one that could turn their luck around. They're not the only ones looking, and their nemesis, Alex Holiday, is always one step behind them.

What are these spheres, you ask? Well no one really knows exactly what they are or where they come from. What they do know is that there are a variety of colors, and each color can give a person an enhanced ability. Having trouble sleeping? Burn a blue-green sphere. Want to sing like a pro? Burn a slate gray sphere. There are many more colors. And you burn them by holding the sphere to your temple. Based on a supply and demand concept, some spheres are very expensive while others are cheap. 

This is a fast-paced book with an exciting plot. Once I really got into it, it was hard to put down. And by the end of the book, I had felt like I had been on the same adventure with David and Hunter. The unexpected ending that really had me hooked. Burning Midnight is a must read. I really hope McIntosh can be persuaded to write a few more of these.