Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh
Age Range: 12 – 17 years | Grade Level: 7 and up | Hardcover: 320 pages | Publisher: Delacorte Press (February 2, 2016)
About Burning Midnight:
For fans of The Maze Runner and The Fifth Wave, this debut YA novel from Hugo Award winner Will McIntosh pits four underprivileged teens against an evil billionaire in the race of a lifetime.
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.
About the Author:
Will McIntosh is the author of several adult speculative fiction novels and is a frequent short-story writer. His first novel, Soft Apocalypse, was a finalist for the Locus Award. “Bridesicle,” a short story published in Asimov’s Science Fiction, won a Hugo Award for Best Short Story and was later expanded into his novel Love Minus Eighty, which was an ALA-RUSA Reading List selection for science fiction. His newest novel for adults, Defenders, has been optioned for film by Warner Bros. Burning Midnight is his first novel for young adults. Will lives with his wife and twin children in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he is working on his next young adult novel.
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My Thoughts on Burning Midnight:
Burning Midnight is a good read if you like science fiction and don’t mind things getting strange at the end. It begs the question: do good things always come with a price? If you don’t know what the price is, should you take the chance?
Cover Love: Not sure how I feel about this cover. It’s not my favorite cover, and it took most of the book to figure out why it’s titled “Burning Midnight” and why there are snake-ish tentacle looking things winding themselves around the image. For the most part, I like the colors and the shot of the city, but it’s just an okay cover for me.
Content: violence, language (no f-words), and bit of innuendo
Source: I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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