James Patterson, bestselling author of Maximum Ride and The Alex Cross series, is back with a book geared for the young adult market. Written together with Michael Ledwidge (also co-authored Step on a Crack with Patterson), Dangerous Days is a cross between comic book hero tale and sci-fi.
Written for readers from "ten to a hundred and ten," Patterson has been careful to keep this book acceptably clean and family-friendly.
The story begins with Daniel learning to use his secret abilities, It seems he is (as were his parents before him) able to create. He can shift atoms to do as he pleases - with a few limitations, of course.
Like most super-heroes, Daniel is on a mission. He's in search of his parent's killer, whom he must find within the ranks of the aliens all around us on the planet. He has 'The List' to aid him in his quest and to guide him in fulfilling his parent's mission as well.
When Daniel befriends a new girl at school (after shifting atoms to create parents and dodge a truancy officer) he thinks things might be looking up. His first - and only - human friend gives him hope. But what he doesn't know about his new friend may be the end of him.
I really enjoyed this book. It's fun, easy to read and would be perfect for a day at the beach or, if you're landlocked like me, a day at the park. Patterson and Ledwidge keep the story light and its fast-paced style will make it a hit with young and old alike.
It's definitely different from other books of Patterson's that I've read, but I think I actually enjoyed it more. I appreciate books like this - quite clean and unique.