Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Source: Publisher for Review
Genre: Science Fiction
Edition: eARC (320 pages)
This YA novel 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.
**Thank you so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**
The second I started this book, 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 the 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 in to 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 this 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.