Authors: James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge
Daniel X, vol. 1
My rating: 3.5 of 5
Fifteen-year-old Daniel has done fairly well on his own since the day he saw his parents’ murder when he was only three. His abilities to access an encyclopedic body of knowledge, transform matter, oh, and create physical copies of his deceased parents, sister, and best friends (complete with weird personalities and minds of their own) have stood him in good stead through years of renting his own apartments, playing hooky, and hunting down deadly aliens who are trying to take over the world. (Did I mention, Daniel’s an alien himself?) When he comes against a super-powerful (super-gross) alien who’s controlling most of the southwestern United States, Daniel’s capabilities will be put to a greater test than ever before . . . a test he might not survive.
The Dangerous Days of Daniel X is an interesting read, certainly. The concepts are out there, but in a way that works well, somehow. Daniel’s unusual abilities make this science-fiction thriller just a bit off the beaten path. His personality is also quite intriguing; I’d say he suits his (violent, frightening, nomadic, and lonely) lifestyle, and his lifestyle suits him. Still, I feel sorry for him–everyone he’s close to is a figment of his imagination! Granted, they all were real people who were very close to him at one time, but still. . . . Anyhow, if you’re up for a fast-paced science-fiction story that’s a little weird, a bit gross at parts, but basically kid-friendly (intentionally on the author’s part), Daniel X is a good option. I look forward to seeing where the authors go with Daniel’s story from here.