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Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh

Thursday, February 11, 2016

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.

Goodreads Summary

After reading this book, we will all want a few spheres of our own to burn.  The spheres give the burner a little bit more skilled, better-looking, taller, etc...  Sully sells these spheres to support his mother.  Hunter is a natural finder and the pair work together to find and sell spheres.  When they find one sphere that no one has ever seen before they don't know what the sphere is worth or what the sphere will do.  

Sully's character was nice enough. It was sweet that he helped and cared for his mom.  I liked how he was resourceful and brave.  Hunter leads him down the wrong path more than a few times, but he dumbly follows.  I didn't like how they jumped into things and didn't think ideas through.  Some of the scenes were a little rushed, others had surprising twists.  The ending was a little bit predictable, but the author did tie up loose ends nicely.  Overall, the story was a fun read and an interesting idea.  

3 1/2 Stars

  Amazon’s February 2016 Best of the Month Selection, YA/Teen
      B&N, “30 of Our Most Anticipated February YA Books”
     i09, “There Are Just Too Many Amazing Science Fiction and Fantasy Books in February”
      Bustle, “16 Of The Best YA Books February 2016 That Are Way Better Than Valentines”, “Genre-Benders for February”
      Popcrush, “10 Most Anticipated Young Adult Books of February 2016!”

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