Watch the Skies - Daniel X, Bk 2 Author:James Patterson, Ned Rust All's quiet in the small town of Holliswood, the television sets a-glow in every home. But not all is as perfect as it seems. — A terrifying outlaw has just arrived in town, with the goal of throwing it into chaos--and filming the pandemonium for the fellas back home. — Only one person can stop him and his thugs from destroying the city and ev... more »eryone living there. Daniel X assembles an all-star team of his own creation, but not even he could imagine the enormity of this made-for-TV-villain's powers.« less
This is the second in Patterson's new series for Young Adults (The Dangerous Days of Daniel X is the first one) and it is written in classic Patterson style ... short chapters that leave you hanging and wanting, almost NEEDING to read more (Or as I like to call it ... "I'll read just one more chapter until before you know it, there are no more left to read").
I read this book in just a few hours (just like the first one) and although I did like it (it has some funny bits that made me chuckle because I could actually see my kids saying or doing the similar things) ... I did find this one to be more geared for the young teens or young adults than the first one in the series was.
It's definitely science fiction and definitely NOT like anything he normally has written in the past (besides the Maximum Ride series ... which is also for teenagers) ... I think this might be a good series to start a kid that hasn't really been into reading before (even my son, who has hated reading since he was small, was intrigued by the short chapters and he even compared it to like Men In Black ... which I thought was insightful, because it is ...)
If you didn't like the first one, don't bother with this one ... but if you enjoyed the first one, just be prepared that it is more "teenager" than before.
Daniel is the coolest alien out there! Don't take my word for it...pick up DANIEL X: WATCH THE SKIES and find out for yourself.
This is the second installment in James Patterson's science fiction series aimed at the younger reader.
This time, Daniel is determined to take on number 5 on The List of Alien Outlaws on Terra Firma. Daniel's father was the keeper of the list, but was murdered when Daniel was very young. He's determined to carry on in his parents' footsteps and become the best Alien Hunter out there.
Number 5 on the list is a horrible creature that has begun to brainwash humans into starring in his intergalactic TV show. After they serve their purpose, Number 5's henchbeasts liquefy the humans and eat them. (I know, lovely, right?) Number 5's actions are actually carried out by Number 21 on the list. So Daniel has his work cut out for him.
Daniel has many amazing abilities; the coolest is being able to materialize friends and his dead family to assist him. It takes all their help and all his cunning to devise a way to beat both Number 21 and Number 5.
DANIEL X: WATCH THE SKIES can be a bit gory at times in the descriptions used. But the story is definitely aimed at boys, and the guts and gore in the story will definitely appeal to the intended readers. With short, quick chapters (two or three pages are the norm), the book flies by with page-turning speed. The action is consistent and continually builds until the final battle Daniel faces with Number 5.
DANIEL X: WATCH THE SKIES is actually a refreshing change from Mr. Patterson's usual murder mystery genre. He does a wonderful job handling science fiction and creating a likeable boy that all the humans on earth can cheer for.