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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Main Market Ed. edition (11 Feb. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1509803564
  • ISBN-13: 978-1509803569
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Burning Midnight has an inventive plot, unlike any other YA sci-fi you'll have read. The book's best asset is its pace. Once it gets going, it goes hard, and the action sequences are breathlessly cinematic. (SFX Magazine)

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How much would you pay for superpowers? Fast-paced action adventure with a world-changing twist . . .

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In the near future life is very different for some. Spheres of all colours have been found scattered across the planet and each has the power to do something for the person who finds it – or most likely buys it – and holds it to their temple. Some might enable the user to sing, or to become beautiful, taller, shorter, wiser, faster, stronger. Each colour of sphere has a difference value and, the more valuable and useful they are, the more the rich will seek them out. Alex Holliday is such a collector. He will pay millions to buy the best of the spheres, controlling the market, using many on himself. A man like that is hard to fight. The divide between rich and poor has never been greater.

David Sullivan knows all about Holliday. Seventeen-year-old resourceful Sully is a hunter, selling spheres at a bargain price on a market stall, and he once thought all his dreams were about to come true when Holliday made him a millionaire in return for a peerless Cherry Red. All of Sully’s many money worries, and those of his mother, disappeared in an instant. But Sully’s dreams were dashed when Holliday found out what the Cherry Red did and tore up the cheque. As Holliday continues to blight his life, Sully wants vengeance. It seems that he might have a chance when he meets Hunter, a girl with a wildness about her who knows far more about poverty and deprivation that Sully ever can. She is also a far better hunter of spheres. Both find it difficult to trust the other but together they might just find something unusual. And it’s not too long before they find a sphere no one has seen before – a large gold sphere of unknown power and it is worth millions. If only Sully and Hunter can stay alive long enough to reap the reward.
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I had no idea what to expect when I picked up this book. The concept sounded interesting but I didn’t realise how much of an impression it would make on me. I was so addicted to Burning Midnight, and so absorbed in its story, that I found myself spotting what I thought was a marble whilst out and about, completely forgetting that Sully’s world was not my own.

Burning Midnight is like Pokémon with a helping of magic and a splash of science fiction. It’s made better yet by modern-day references such as eBay and Craigslist that help it become completely relatable for any reader, and its characters have some of the most genuine voices I’ve ever come across.

It’s one of the rare books that I think my future hubby would enjoy reading (he pretty much never reads, but has enjoyed The Maze Runner and Michael Grant’s Gone series), although I spent so much time talking about it while I was reading it that I’ve probably spoiled it for him already. Whoopsie.

At times I found Hunter quite frustrating, and I have some questions that were never fully answered by the end of the novel, but I can let that slide because I enjoyed the rest of the story so much.

Burning Midnight is a standalone novel, too, so everything’s wrapped up in one book which was actually quite refreshing, bucking the fantasy/sci-fi trilogy trend. It’s clever and unusual, and has definitely got me interested in the rest of Will’s YA novels.
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By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Feb. 2016
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4.5 stars

Some of this storyline reminded me of our present day situation, instead of caste systems to differentiate classes like India, we now have class systems in the US based on wealth. In this book, 'Burning Midnight' we have colored spheres. With these spheres, the rich can make themselves smarter or prettier or richer, the middles can have a few a year, the poors have none. These spheres were planted years ago and now if you have two matching you can place it on your forehead and become richer, wiser or more beautiful.

Several years ago a young man named David Sullivan, or Sully to his friends, found a rare sphere and became wealthy overnight. However, the check was stopped when the buyer did not appreciate the spheres. Essentially Sully was cheated out of the money. It is now his duty to sell enough spheres to keep enough money for rent for he and his mother. Along with some friends, Sully travels from Yonkers his home town to Mexico looking for an unusual sphere. This storyline is their story.

A lot of action in this book, and my ten year old grandson loved every minute of it. He is attracted to the unusual, mystical and action oriented books. Sully and his friends all had different reasons for looking for this gold sphere. This is the part of the book that intrigued me. The guy wearing the black hat, Holliday, keeps popping up. This is at times is a fact paced book that leads to sharp turns. We keep rooting for the good guys. My grandson really liked this book. The book lost me several times, but I do think the plot line is very original, and preteen and teens will enjoy it.

Recommended. prisrob 02-24-16
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Guys, I insist that you read this book RIGHT NOW. I read this boon in three hours. THREE. I sat down to read a couple chapters, and then ended up reading the whole thing, I sped through it and loved every single page! I wasn't sure what to expect going in, and I was completely blown away by how amazing this book was. It was brilliant! I saw on GoodReads that it's like "for fans of Maze Runner", yeah I can see that, I suppose. But this book blows Maze Runner away.

You're immediately thrown in to the world of the book and I was intrigued from the start and wanted to know more about the world, and the mysterious spheres. I was fascinated and completely and utterly hooked on the book and the story and the characters and everything. I couldn't put it down, seriously. It was funny, it was well written, it had such a fantastic fast pace, and there's so much information in such a concise way. Not to mention the cast of completely brilliant characters and the beautiful relationships in the book.

I liked Sully straigh away, I felt for him, and I connected with him. I liked how he handled everything, he kept trying, he kept doing everything he could to help out his mum, he even sold something so precious to him to keep them in their home. He was such a strong character for how he kept on working and doing whatever he could to scrape some cash together. I also loved Hunter straight away as well, she cracked me up and I was so curious to know more about her character and her past, but it was so heartbreaking at the same time, and then there where points near the end when I wasn't too sure of her! I also wanted to smack her a couple of times towards the end, but then I wasn't entirely sure if it was all her.
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