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Burning Midnight

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Sci-fi scavenger hunt tale has lots of action, suspense.

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Although it seems to ignore some of the implications of its central premise, this novel about a global hunt for mysterious, colored spheres has plenty of action and suspense. Sully, Hunter, and Dom are engaging characters, and their schemes to find and sell spheres are recounted with wit and verve.

What's a little disappointing about BURNING MIDNIGHT is that no one seems to wonder much about who or what created the spheres. It's an event that would reshape global economies, but author Will McIntosh seems unwilling to grapple with that level of world-building complexity. Burning Midnight is definitely a contender for the attention of science-fiction fans, but a bit more depth could have made it a champ.

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