Title: The Dangerous Days of Daniel X
Author: James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
Genre: Children’s science fiction
My rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Noah’s rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: I bought this book for my son Noah last year; I was offered a review copy of the sequel, so thought I should read this one first.
First line: If this were a movie instead of real life, this would be the part where in a strange, ominous voice I’d say, “Take me to your leader!”
Daniel X is not your average 15-year-old. His parents were killed when he was 3 years old, and he lives on his own. He has super speed and super strength. He has telepathic powers and the ability to create things with his mind. He’s an alien hunter. He’s also an alien.
The Dangerous Days of Daniel X is one of my 11-year-old son Noah’s favorite books. He kept telling me I should read it, but I didn’t find time until I was offered the sequel to review.
I can see why Noah – and any other tween boy – would love this book. There are gross aliens with amazing powers, cute girls, intense action scenes, and a boy with a quest. The book is completely in first person, so reading it is like listening to a 15-year-old talk. Not a bad thing, but obviously I am not the intended audience. I did enjoy it, though, and it was a quick read. I’m looking forward to the sequel.
For the most part, my Noah is not a pleasure reader. Once in a while, a series will grab him, and make him want to read outside of his assigned silent reading time for school. Chris D’Lacy’s dragon series was one; this is another. When the review copy of the sequel came in the mail, Noah grabbed it and immediately started reading. Any book that will do that to an 11-year-old boy is brilliant in my mind.