Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh
The brilliantly colored spheres just showed up, hidden around the Earth. “Burn” a pair by touching them to your temples and they improve you. You might get better-looking, faster or be able to speed read. Sully is a sphere dealer at the local flea market and when he meets Hunter, a girl skilled at finding spheres “in the wild,” their lives dramatically alter course. When Sully and Hunter find a Gold sphere, something no one has ever seen before, they draw the ire of sphere mega-store owner and billionaire, Alex Holliday. What started as a quest for rare spheres just to make ends meet, turns into an adventure where the fate of the world hangs in the balance. I devoured Burning Midnight in just one night. It was thoroughly engaging and fast-paced. The science fiction elements are well-written and the world feels real. By the end, I could not put it down until I finished the rollercoaster ride that is Burning Midnight.