Will McIntosh: Burning Midnight


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.

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. 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. 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.


I’d never heard of Will McIntosh before reading this book but, upon winning these book – amongst others – in a Twitter competition, it was inevitable I would get around to reading it at some point. One thing I will say, is that the cover design did almost deter me from picking this book up. The use of blue (though clearly related to the novel) gave off a more boy-ish vibe that didn’t instantly appeal to me, however, having now read the book – I understand its purpose.

Burning Midnight is the perfect YA novel if you’re looking for something quick, simple, and enjoyable. Maybe you’re looking to get out of a reading slump and want something that doesn’t require too much thinking – then this is the novel for you. I completed this book within three different sittings and found myself wanting to sit myself down again for some more time exploring the concept of the spheres. McIntosh’s writing style helped in this respect being simple yet informative and helping to push the narrative forward at a fast pace.

I loved the concept of this novel, it’s not something that I have seen before within YA and has an almost magical feel to it with the spheres and the powers that they give to humans. It was a quick read that provided everything I was looking for; intense plot, likeable and flawed characters, coupled with an adventure. There’s not much more for me to really say about this novel, it’s good for its purpose and grips you from the start – the perfect quick read to get you out of a slump or to kill some time.


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