Though Daniel X is a much simpler series than I usually tend to read, I have found that I continuously choose to pick up each new book as they come out. I try not to let my literary experiences get in the way when reading these books as they are not as deep and thought provoking as many other novels but, for some reason, this time around I forgot to leave my super duper high expectations at the door. As a result, Daniel X: Armageddon did not quite reach my expectations this time around. That is not to say that the book wasn’t good, because it really was, there were just a few things about it that didn’t quite pull me in like the other Daniel X books could. I did enjoy the story and the characters, as always, though I felt that some pieces of the book strayed away from classic Daniel X. I did, however, recognize the same great style of writing I’ve come to expect from James Patterson and the story itself was one that manages to reach into the heart and pull out a lesson or two to be learned. It is a book that has it’s place in the series and in young adult literature.
Looking back at the story now, after having finished it, I can see the benefits of some of those changes from the last book to this one (the changes that may have bothered me a little more than they would bother anyone else). Daniel is beginning to grow up and he is finding that he is not necessarily as powerful as he had always thought himself to be. Things are changing in this book and I think that may be why I didn’t like some of it at first. When I go back to read it again, I have a feeling that my attitude will have changed. The writing is as good as it ever was, the characters are as quirky as always, and the villains are as disgusting and scary as expected (if not more so in this one).
Though I do not rate this novel as highly as those that came before it, I would still definitely recommend it as a great new book for summer reading. The whole series is perfect for young teens who don’t like reading long books. The chapters are nice and short, the story moves at a good pace, and there’s a healthy dose of humor among all the action. Daniel X: Armageddon also has some fun tie-ins with Dante’s Inferno which is a classic piece of literature (see my articles on bridge books and combining classics with teen novels to help struggling readers to increase their reading levels and their interest in more complicated stories). This, to me, gives it extra brownie points.
All disappointments aside, this was an enjoyable book to read and I wouldn’t check it off your list, especially if you love Daniel X or you simply enjoy a quick and fun read. Pick it up, read it, enjoy it, and just be ready for some changes to come your way.