Book Review: Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh

Title: Burning Midnight
Author: Will McIntosh
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Pages: 320
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC and ARC
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Science Fiction

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.
Wholly unique. Highly engaging. Superbly original. Wonderfully written. Simply put, this book is a gem!

Will McIntosh, where did you come up with the idea for this book!? I have read a lot of books over the course of my life, and I have NEVER read a book with "magical orbs" that give people enhanced abilities!

I think the blurb for this book is perfect, so I won't go too much into what the book is about, because like I said, the blurb is spot on.

However, I will say that once Sully and Hunter find the Gold on! My goodness my heart was literally racing while reading! I could not put the book down, I just kept turning page after to page to find out what was going to happen, where the book was going to lead. And let me tell you, where it lead...never in a million years will you expect the outcome. I am still awed by the turn of events this book took.

Burning Midnight is written in the third person and from the POV of Sully, our male protagonist. I know I've mentioned before that I am not the biggest fan of books written in the third person, unless the book is very well written. Burning Midnight was just that. Additionally, the last time that I read a book told from a male POV was when I read the Harry Potter series...when they originally released...Yes, it's been that long. So I cannot tell you how thrilled I am that I branched out of my reading comfort zone and found the amazing book that is Burning Midnight!

Sully is such a great character. I loved him from the start. He is just such a good person, who has been dealt some really rough blows in life. These setbacks shape who he is, but they have not changed him negatively, rather the opposite. They have made him into an all around good guy.

Now Hunter, boy oh boy, did I have a huge girl crush on her right from the start! I mean, what's not to love about a badass Puerto Rican woman from the Bronx! I cannot tell you how HAPPY I was to learn that the female protagonist was Latina! We need more diversity in books people! Thank you, thank you Will McIntosh for giving me a character that I was immediately able to identify with...Puerto Rican from Brooklyn here! In chatting with Will on Twitter, I learned that he "modeled" Hunter after someone he knows. Again...happiness!

Dom, Sully's best friend, is also one of my favorite characters. He had me laughing out loud several times over the course of the book. I wish he were a real person so I could see him in action in real life!

What I really loved about this book was how authentic it was. There were no gimmicks. The story was perfectly scripted from beginning to end. The world building and characters were excellently developed. Burning Midnight has everything a good story is supposed to have, and then some.

I highly recommend this baby, and am looking forward to discovering more of Will McIntosh's works.


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