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The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson
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Mar 03, 2009

did not like it
bookshelves: sci-fi, young-adult, aliens, action, books-for-boys
Read in March, 2009

The Dangerous Days of Daniel X has an interesting premise: (cue movie-guy voice) in a world infested with aliens out to destroy the human race, Daniel X, a fifteen-year-old alien hunter, is bent on revenging the deaths of his parents.

While Patterson's premise is intriguing, his character is far less so. Daniel is smug, completely aware of his own "specialness", and prone to slipping irritating little asides into his narration. He's also prone to passing out. He makes a horrible first impression as a genius of a three-year-old who can bend matter to his will -- his parents, of course, are completely enamored of his every move. Even after they die, while they make little appearances as constructs of Daniel's mind, they never evolve beyond flat paper cut outs. Neither does Daniel, and that's a huge problem.

The plot was amusing enough and the story fast paced enough to keep me from putting the book down. But that sure didn't stop the eye-rolling.

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