Sunday, December 28, 2008


Title: The dangerous days of Daniel X

Author: James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

Publisher: Little, Brown & Company

Copyright: 2008

ISBN: 978-0-316-00292-9

Series or stand-alone: #1

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Setting: Portland,OR -Los Angeles, CA - Glendale High School - Alpar Nok (Daniel's Home Planet)

1st Sentence:
True Confessions
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."

Surlygirl's Quick Comments:
This book is the first about Daniel X, alien hunter. When Prayer, an alien, kills Daniel X's family when he is three years old, it leaves him to grow up alone and continue his family's work. Daniel has the ability to shape-shift and create things and people just by thinking of them. On the hunt for #6 he is captured and is taken to him home planet where he must fight the big nasty to ensure survival of his people.
Okay, first the good. This is a clean book for teens, the writing is very basic and it is with Patterson's short chapters that make for quick reading. However, I did not like this book at all and judging from the end pages, there are scheduled to be at least 2 more, which I will not be reading. I like several of Patterson's series, but this is not one of them and I really can't explain why...I just didn't like it.


piksea said...

I gave up on Patterson a while ago. I found that all of his books read more like an outline of a book than an actual fully developed novel. I decided if he can't make the effort, then I won't either. There are so many great books out there that I don't miss him at all.

Shannon said...

Hey Piksea,
I agree...I think all of his books read like outlines too. The same outline. But he does have such a following that I continue to read some of his series and the rest I leave behind. I do enjoy the women's murder club books and an occasional Alex Cross book. Most others I can take or leave depending on my mood.