Burning Midnight Hardcover – February 2, 2016
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“In an impressive YA debut, adult SF author McIntosh spins an action-packed adventure. . . . An engaging cast and thought-provoking premise help fuel this thriller.” —Publishers Weekly
“A quick read with likable characters, the story is well paced with a quirky view of the future. A great addition to YA sci-fi shelves.” —SLJ
“[With] a film-ready action climax . . . this fast-paced urban quest wears its agenda on its sleeve, but it’s conveyed with verve and an endearing sense of justice.” —Kirkus Reviews
“With an inventive premise, this sci-fi adventure offers a scavenger hunt story with layers both political and emotional. The detailed backstory and underlying logic are clearly conveyed without dragging down the pace, and the plot manages to twist and surprise. . . . Ultimately a winning story of friendship in the face of easy money and power, this novel has much to offer the reader who’s up for something new.” —The Bulletin
"Burning Midnight is for 1) adrenaline junkies and gamers 2) obsessive collectors 3) people who can't get enough of crazy endings. I'm all of these things, and I loved it." —Margaret Stohl, author of Marvel's Black Widow: Forever Red and co-author of the internationally bestselling Beautiful Creatures series
Praise for Will McIntosh
Winner of a Hugo Award for Best Short Story
Nebula Award Finalist
★ “This is speculative fiction at its most personal and powerful, extrapolating current social and technological trends and exploring how they would affect future people. . . . Intriguing, quirky, perversely charming and definitely affecting.” —Kirkus Reviews on Love Minus Eighty, Starred Review
“[Love Minus Eighty] manages to deliver a light, romantic story without ever sacrificing its dark vision of the future.” —i09.com
“McIntosh is without a doubt one of the most underrated science fiction authors writing today. Defenders is an emotional, action-packed story. . . . McIntosh’s cautionary near-future tale, told from multiple perspectives, serves as a brutally honest portrayal of how humans carelessly exploit, destroy— and in this case create—other species.” —RT Book Reviews (Top Pick)
About the Author
- Lexile Measure : HL670L
- Grade Level : 7 - 9
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0553534106
- ISBN-13 : 978-0553534108
- Product Dimensions : 5.81 x 1.13 x 8.63 inches
- Reading level : 12 - 15 years
- Publisher : Delacorte Press (February 2, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #998,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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+ World. The spheres are interesting. The capitalism, exploitation, and use of them seems like a decent explanation on what would actually happen.
+Easy, fun read.
+ Pacing. The first half was fast paced. The second half was lightning. The second half could be turned into two books alone. The most egregious example? (view spoiler)
+ Characterization. The extreme pacing meant that character progression lagged. Hunter's change in particular should of received more page time. The other three characters? No change at all.
+ There are a few soppy, 'roll-your-eyes' YA lines towards the end.
I enjoyed the characters of Hunter, Dom, and Sully quite a bit. The author gives them each a unique feeling and voice. While Sully is the POV character you could say that the novel is actually more about Hunter (a young girl and person of color) than anyone else. I was pleasantly surprised by the ending, that this was a done-in-one novel, although the world & setting could be used for another story.
Details: the big detail that derailed the book for me in the beginning has to do with how color struck the author is. It's like he's writing from the 1970s or 1980s. Details of the ethnicities or races of characters are given for no reason, and are used poorly. "An Indian boy..." A character glimpsed momentarily with no other background, how does anyone know he is Indian? Could he be of Indian ancestry but not from India? Or would the author know to distinguish between Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan or even Mauritian background? One character kept being referencd as the "Asian girl" over and over in a page. "Asian" has to be one of the worst descriptives there is. Asian as in Palistinian? Uzbeki? Laotian? Of course, a few pages later, she is assumed to be a "brain". Because she's some kind of Asian. (I pause here to gag.) Seriously, "a black woman"? Was she really black, or perhaps she was African American - or some individual of the African diaspora. McIntosh even makes a big deal over the ethnicity of a main character, who is of Italian descent. But *the* main character? We know nothing about his ethinicity or race.
Then in one scene, there are monitors displaying, " ... data, scrolling stock prices, and camera feeds." What are stock prices and camera feeds if not data? This was where I stopped. At roughly six chapters in, I was through: couln't concentrate any more.
I'm just a little put out because if I spoke or wrote like this, I would lose my job. I have a puppy coworker who does talk like this and I have to constantly correct and insist on more precision and accuracy in spoken and written expression. So, perhaps I am being a bit unfair to McIntosh. However, it's a free country and no one can make me finish reading the book.