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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh
Published by Delacorte Press on February 2, 2016
Genres: Science Fiction
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(Last Updated On: January 17, 2022)
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.
The second I started Burning Midnight, I knew that it was going to be different. I’ve always been a fan of science fiction worlds, but this one was so different than the ones that I’d read about in the past!
Burning Midnight follows a character named Sully who lives in this future world where spheres can be found. Basically, a sphere is a little orb that can be used to give you special abilities and powers, only if you have a pair of them.
For instance, a sphere could give you musical abilities while another one could make you prettier and alter your genetics. Sully doesn’t exactly use these spheres. Instead, he likes to find them and sell them in order to make a living.
However, he ends up meeting a girl named Hunter who really likes looking for the spheres and together they go out into the world and find a sphere that hasn’t ever been found before.
I think my favorite thing about this book would have to be world-building. I think it would be so awesome to live in a world with these spheres! However, it also brings the whole morality debate into question as well. Is it right to alter your life like this when everyone has the ability to do so?
Sully was a great character. I liked that he wasn’t really all about the spheres because he didn’t want to use them. He really just wanted them to help himself make a living, which was really admirable. When everyone was using these spheres to be different versions of themselves, Sully was just being his one true self through and through.
Hunter was also a pretty interesting character. I liked that she was really tough and didn’t mind getting dirty to find certain spheres out in the world. She was also very intelligent and took the time to calculate areas that she thought nobody else would’ve visited.
In the end, I think that Burning Midnight was a very different science fiction read with awesome world-building.