Friday, August 6, 2010

Review: Daniel X: Alien Hunter

Daniel X: Alien Hunter: A Graphic Novel
James Patterson
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2008), Paperback, 128 pages

‘The greatest superpower ... is the power to create.’ (from the cover)

Daniel X assumes the role of Alien Hunter after his parents’ death. Daniel also inherited a list of Aliens Outlaws to fight. The next target is Number 7, chief of the Game Consortium. The objective of this Consortium is to takeover of Earth.

Daniel X is a teenager with the ability to shape-shift and eventually defeats the Outlaws. The members of the Game Consortium have the ability to shape-shift and they selfbuild themselves from billion of ants; they also have learnt the chemical abilities of the ants, so they use the scents as a chemical GPS.

Apart from the fighting, there are some original ideas:
The Pleionids: ‘These beauties are the Pleionids. Peaceful, beautiful, intelligent flowers. Their culture was based entirely on color. They had over seven thousand different words for the concept - white - . (p. 55)
The errors of clonation: ‘We created the colony you call - Kildare - ... He was supposed to be the ultimate warrior. His intelligence, creativity, problem-solving, were all off the charts. But something went wrong. All he wanted was to read books - to smell flowers. A disgrace !’ (p. 84)

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