Books, Teen Reviews

Read + Review: Lights Out by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

51je-Tg3pHL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_After encountering an accident with speeding tractor trailer on a starry night in Kentucky, Daniel X landed in the hospital where he soon questioned himself whether he was Daniel Manashil, an ordinary high school kid, or Daniel X, the Alien Hunter. As he understood that he was Daniel X, his mission was to protect Earth (maybe the universe) and to avenge his parents’ death by destroying The Prayer, a large insect shaped beast who had murdered his mother and father many years ago. As he was hoping to fulfill his mission, he encountered Xanthos and Mikaela, who taught him many life lessons and helped him with his mission to kill “The Prayer”. In addition, he had to use his super powers (which include tele-porting, shape-shifting, and many more) against a creature that had the power of a god. Will he fulfill his mission as an Alien Hunter and destroy this god-like creature, or will his plan to protect Earth and avenge his parents’ death fail?

In Daniel X: Lights Out, I loved the action sequences, especially when Daniel deflected the bullet from the Opus 24/24 using his shield, and when “The Prayer” had shot lightning bolts in Times Square. I liked the way the author had made a connection between Dana and Mel. In addition, I enjoyed Xanthos and Mikaela’s role as Daniel’s adviser because they had both guided and helped Daniel to find ways to destroy “The Prayer”. Reading this entertaining, fast-paced book, I didn’t seem to dislike any of the components, specifically the end, which was very interesting.

One thing that I found memorable about the book are the twists and turns as it intrigued me to continue to flip the pages to find out what will happen next in the book. Though there are many surprises to uncover in the book, the reader will eventually understand what is happening in the book.


Reviewed by Ronojoy, Grade 6, Twin Hickory Area Library

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