The Dangerous Days of Daniel X
James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
Little, Brown Young Readers (2008)
Reviewed by Neha N. Kashmiri (age 14) for Reader Views (1/09)
When Daniel was three-years-old, his parents were murdered by the Prayer. Now fifteen, Daniel has been hunting aliens from the List of Alien Outlaws, working his way to the Prayer, who is Number 1. In “Dangerous Days,” after a close call with police, Daniel goes to Los Angeles to take on Number Six. Ergent Seth is known to capture human children and sell them to other aliens, as slaves or sometimes food.
Daniel is betrayed by a girl who he thought needed his help, and Ergent Seth captures Daniel. Instead of killing him immediately, Seth takes Daniel to Alpar Nok, the home planet of Daniel’s parents. There, Daniel manages to escape. Alpar Nok had been destroyed by Seth but there are a few survivors, including Daniel’s grandmother. But Number Six won’t let Daniel go so easily. Can Daniel save his already destroyed planet from Ergent Seth?
Though anyone who liked the “Maximum Ride” books might like “The Dangerous Days of Daniel X” by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge, but there are some places that seem like the authors try too hard to sound like teenagers. Maybe this is better for children under age 12.