Book Review: The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

danielxTitle: The Dangerous Days of Daniel X
Author: James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
Genre: Children’s science fiction
Publisher: Vision
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.

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12 Responses to Book Review: The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

  1. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    I agree with that! My son is the same way. HIs passion are the Bone graphic novels, plus he loves audios. I was curious as to whether this series had better plot development than the Maximum Ride series. We listened to the first one, and while it was entertaining, it could have used some work.
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    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Sandy – Noah loves the Bone graphic novels, too! He hasn’t tried the Maximum Ride series, yet, though.

  2. stacybuckeye says:

    Anything that will get a kid to read for pleasure is a good thing!
    .-= stacybuckeye´s last blog ..The Second Son, by Charles Sailor =-.

  3. I’ll be curious to see where book two goes. I also was offered a review copy of book 2, but I didn’t take it. I thought that the first one was fine, but definitely more for tweens/teens than me.

    I agree that James Patterson probably would draw in non-reader types.
    .-= Jennifer, Snapshot´s last blog ..Julie Powell, the Ulitmate Blogger Success Story =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Jennifer – My son had been on me to read the first one, and since I like him to take my book recommendations, I thought I should take his, as well. 🙂 Plus, he wouldn’t forgive me if I turned down a free copy of the sequel!

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  6. Lil says:

    My 12 yr old son loved the book. he is exactly like your son, not a pleasure reader and there are a few series he likes so anything that would keep his attention outside of a comic book i’m excited about.

  7. Dominique Hinson says:

    I agree I read this book and wanted to read on. James Patterson has been a family favorite for generations. This book was very suspensful to me I couldnt put it down. I cant wait to get the Maximum Ride Novel!!!!

  8. olivia says:

    I am a teenage girl and it’s an alright book it’s just too easy to poke holes into this story.
    Such as: if he reall does have this power then he shouldnt have any trouble defeating people. its just too imple to have any real conflict or plot.