Literature: The Dangerous Days of Daniel X
The Dangerous Days of Daniel X is a novel by James Patterson and co-author Michael Ledwidge, written in the same vein as his Maximum Ride series. Patterson returns to the realm of science fiction in this novel. It was released on July 21, 2008.Daniel X, who has no other last name, has the best superpower ever: The power to create. He can create real objects, including people, with only his mind. In addition, he has super-speed (he outran a truck travelling at 100 miles per hour) and super-strength (he can flip a car in a somersault). He is also granted an extra long memory.When he was 3 years old, Daniel's parents were brutally murdered by a praying mantis-like alien called the Prayer, who came in search of the List of Alien Outlaws on Earth. When Daniel's parents wouldn't hand it over, the Prayer killed them. Daniel survived only by transforming into a tick and grasping onto the Prayer's dreadlock hair as he fled from the burning house. After he lost his grip on the Prayer and fell off, Daniel vowed to kill the Prayer for the death of his parents, and returned to the site when he was 13 to recover the List.Twelve years after the murder of his parents, fifteen-year-old Daniel X has taken up the task of his parents as Defender of Earth.There are five more books in the series, Watch the Skies, Demons and Druids, Game Over, and Armageddon. And like Patterson's earlier Maximum Ride series, Yen Press is adapting it into an OEL Manga by Seung Hui Kye.
Tropes associated with this piece of literature
- Card-Carrying Villain: All the bad guys appear to be this.
- Covers Always Lie: The cover to the first book features the titular character holding The List; the problems is that it is depicted as a literal paper list, whereas in the book it is actual stored on an alien computer system. Granted it is mentioned that The List’s appearance can be altered, but it still never appears as an actual paper list in the book(Though it once appear as an old book once.
- First-Person Smartass: To annoyingly high levels.
- Humans Need Aliens: Without alien hunters like Daniel, the world would've been destroyed very long ago.
- Insufferable Genius: Daniel.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Let's see, Daniel has the following powers:
- Reality Warper: Feels overshadowed by his other godlike powers.
- Rule of Cool: Attempted at the expense of logic.
- Physical God: Daniel comes off as this combined with his DOZEN other superpowers one wonders what exactly Daniel can't do.
- Recycled In Space: James Bond WITH A TEENAGE ALIEN!
- Tagline: “ALIEN WARNING: PREPARE TO BE BLOWN AWAY!”
- Totally Radical: Just like James Patterson’s other young adult series
- X Makes Anything Cool: His name is Daniel X.