Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh
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.
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 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.
Teenage Sully works at a flea market, buying and selling spheres to help his single mom pay the rent. Hunter is an orphaned teen on her own and a high school dropout who searches all day, every day for spheres – just to live. The two team up to search a dangerous place and discover the sphere that will change everything.
Burning Midnight is a stand alone science fiction novel that is dark and thrilling. Sully and Hunter are complex and realistic characters. And the pacing is non-stop suspense. This dark adventure novel builds to a big, surprising ending. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.