I loved the concept behind Burning Midnight. Set in present time, earth has been populated by colored spheres that when, "burned," with the matching c I loved the concept behind Burning Midnight. Set in present time, earth has been populated by colored spheres that when, "burned," with the matching colored pair, the person who burned the spheres absorbs an enhancement such as higher IQ, better looking, sings beautifully, can fall asleep easily when desired, etc. People can hunt and find these spheres, but most of society buys them from shops, eBay and street markets. The ability to buy high priced spheres, such as the high IQ ones, gives mostly those who are all ready privileged an even greater advantage in life. If someone finds a high valued sphere, that person's fortune can change overnight.
This premise allowed the author to explore interesting issues, such as socio-economic inequalities in society, questions of authenticity and morality (should society make a distinction between a person who purchased an ability and a person who had the natural talent to, for example, play basketball exceptionally well), parents engineering their "perfect child," and the meaning behind the existence of these spheres - is it god who put them there, or is it a malevolent force?
I enjoyed the book greatly for the first three-quarters of the novel, but I had a very hard time with the ending. The resolution behind how and why these spheres came into existence was disappointing for me because it negated the more interesting questions of the novel: how these spheres affected society. I would of rather never found an answer for the why. I can think of many more satisfying conclusions for this novel, and I would even had preferred a lack of a definitive conclusion. The contrast between the intelligent issues raised by how these spheres impact human life and the quick, horror movie style ending disappointed me greatly....more