Friday, February 13, 2009

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

Just finished this one. We know James Patterson can write a page-turner and with the help of Michael Ledwidge he scores again in this fast-paced novel for young adults (or lovers of YA Lit!)
At first it may all seem very standard. Hero loses his family, takes a journey, finds people who help or hinder him, all seems lost, heroic efforts etc...etc.

In this instance the Hero is an alien, actually an Alien Hunter. Daniel has taken over the work of his parents and has begun hunting aliens that plague good old Terra Firma. He gets pretty good at it. He works from The List his parents left him. But the smaller the number on the list the worse the alien monster is! #6 nearly does him in!

Also, Daniel has several "special" abilities that assist him. He's strong, he's smart and his super special talent is that he can "create". Read the book for more on that!

But, the writing is so very over the top! It seems like Daniel recognizes that story is bizarre and outlandish and he goes along with the joke, like he's in on it and is being a good sport.

Anyway...this is way more science fiction than fantasy. It will appeal to those who liked the Maximum Ride series and it also reminded me a little of Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.
If you read it let me know what you think.

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