Author: Johan Harstad and Tara F. Chase
Release Date: April 5, 2012
Three teenagers are going on the trip of a lifetime. Only one is coming back.
It’s been more than forty years since NASA sent the first men to the moon, and to grab some much-needed funding and attention, they decide to launch an historic international lottery in which three lucky teenagers can win a week-long trip to moon base DARLAH 2—a place that no one but top government officials even knew existed until now. The three winners, Antoine, Midori, and Mia, come from all over the world.
But just before the scheduled launch, the teenagers each experience strange, inexplicable events. Little do they know that there was a reason NASA never sent anyone back there until now—a sinister reason. But the countdown has already begun. . .
That cover intrigued me and freaked me out at the same time. No joke. So right off the bat, I knew that there was going to be something scary and creepy going on in this book. Though it stars off slow, 172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad is an intense book that really builds up to that epic climax.
First, the plot: Can I just say that NO MATTER how cool it would be if NASA actually decided to send teens into space, I would never put my name in. Maybe because the parts of this novel that take place in space are…scary, to say the least. Mind you, the book begins off slow, introducing the characters and going into some details about the contest itself and the motives that the character had for accepting the contest. But once they’re in space, y’all, it’s so fast paced and something or another is happening. Anther part I loved is how the author was able to make this little known pieces of actual history into something really intriguing.
Next, the characters: it was nice to see characters from around the world that weren’t American. The reader is able to see that Mia from Norway, Midori from Japan, and Antoine from France are very much like American teens, no matter where they come from. They have their own reason (as said above) for accepting and we get to see how it affects them. I liked Mia the best but I was also able to connect with Midori’s need to change up things from her tradition. They were good characters and while not as developed as I would have liked them to be, I did feel for them once they got into space.
Johan Harstad has a great way of writing the characters and the other characters. He was able to bring a little different voice and personality to each of the characters and that was really nice. Overall, 172 Hours on the Moon by John Harstad was a great read. The characters were pretty awesome and the plot was just crazy and weird and awesome all at once. There were a lot of characters and sometimes I had to remember who was who but that was okay. I don’t recommend you read 172 Hours on the Moon at night because you will be looking behind you quiet often!
Creepy. Scary. Creepy. I like how this cover convey's the feel of the novel and all, but man is it a creepy one! It makes me shudder, every time I look at it!
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