Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
File this one under "Hidden Gems of 2016."
In an alternate present, the world's been taken by storm by these many multicolored spheres that, when "burned," enhance you in ways both mental and physical, and have become a huge part of society - so much that nobody really remembers a time when the spheres weren't around. But where do they come from, what's their true purpose, and what happens when this worldwide real-life video game is taken to the next level?
The answers to those questions, I will not spoil.
Trust me when I say this book is an utterly fascinating, high-stakes, addictive-as-hell adventure. Especially when the unspoilable questions are answered, and the book morphs into something straight out of Ernest Cline (though admittedly less wall-to-wall with pop-culture references.) Seriously, if you've read Ready Player One or Armada, you won't be able to read Burning Midnight without comparing McIntosh's characters to gunters at least twice.
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