Thursday, 2 June 2016

ARC Review: Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh.

Burning Midnight was everything I wanted to read in a sci fi. I'm a little late in posting, but huge thanks to MacMillan for the review copy. I loved it!

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.

As I said, Burning Midnight was everything I wanted to read in a sci fi. It was everything I hoped it would be and more. I'll admit that the ending threw me a little, seeming maybe a touch 'out there', but I loved it none the less.

The story begins, uncommonly, on our earth, and stays there for the whole 320 pages. There's a slight difference though; the world is filled with shining orbs that when burnt as a pair give humans super human abilities in varying levels.

Sully is our main character, and he sells these spheres on the market for some extra money to help his mum. But it's not much. Alexander Holliday pretty much owns the sphere market and despite Sully's grudge after Holliday ripped him off in a deal, there's not much he can do about it. Until he meets Hunter that is, a rogue sphere hunter with a knack for finding rare and expensive spheres. Hunter is the girl Sully dreamed of, and while their romance is not typical nor overwhelming as in some YA, it's presence throughout the story is utterly perfect; bubbling beneath the surface to its crescendo. These two were fantastic characters and along with friends Mandy and Dom, the story had a very 'team' feel to it, which I loved. It was very reminiscent of my days watching 'Buffy' or 'Charmed'. Their dynamics were interesting and at times hilarious, making the whole story a joy to read.

Though the story took place over different continents and there were quite a few scenes with little action, the pace was consistent and entertaining; it never slowed. Then I reached the last fifty or so pages and BOOM. Action galore. Danger. Excitement. The perfect ending for a fabulous story. I won't say anymore lest I spoil it. All I will say is that I urge everyone to read it. You won't regret it, I'm sure.

I give Burning Midnight a solid, well deserved 5 stars! I can't wait to read more by this fabulous author.

Thanks for reading!

Holly @TheArtsShelf

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