172 Hours on the Moon

172 Hours on the Moon

by Johan Harstad
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172 Hours on the Moon 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
EverAfterEsther More than 1 year ago
172 Hours on the Moon was one book that immediately caught my eye when I came across it, and I was THRILLED when I had an opportunity to read it in advance of the release date. I haven't read very many horror/thriller books before, so I didn't think this one would be able to scare me. I didn't understand how a book could keep you up at night, burrowed under your blankets for safety, while frantically turning the pages... until I read 172 Hours on the Moon. Reasons to Read: 1.Well-translated novel: 172 Hours on the Moon was first published in 2008 in Norway; when I found this out, I was a little bit worried that the writing would be awkward or the translating sloppy. But once I started reading the book, I completely forgot it had ever been translated at one point. It's very well done, and I was thoroughly impressed with the translator, who did an excellent job at keeping the atmosphere of the book while putting it in another language- a VERY difficult thing to do. Don't let the fact that this is translated stop you from picking it up. 2.Suspenseful, creepy read: The first thing 172 Hours on the Moon does in the prologue is get the creepy factor going. I started reading this book at night - terrible idea. And the next day I read it while I was home alone - another bad idea. Although there's a gradual build up to the actual events on the moon by giving some background information, the creepiness starts well before the crew's trip into space. And it just doesn't stop! From the very first chapter to the last one, this book is riddled with some scary stuff. But I want to point out that it's all a very subtle kind of scary; it's disturbing, and delightfully creepy but it also isn't the most terrifying thing I've ever read. So if you're hesitant about scary books, I'd still suggest giving this one a try. Also, I couldn't look at the cover while reading (the eyeball one), it just freaked me out too much. 3.Very unique premise: Okay, just stick with me here: three teenagers get the chance to go on a trip to the moon. It's a bit silly, and the reasoning behind it isn't solid but then I also realized that vampires in highschools aren't exactly logical or reasonable either. So forgive it that kind of silly idea, because this book has a really great premise going for it. It takes place in space, which is terrifying. Space is so out there and there are so many things we don't understand about it that it makes the perfect setting for this book. And I loved the three different characters introduced, as well as the explanation given for the scary things happening to them. It was pretty disturbing actually, especially the ending. By the way, I think this book has a great ending- one of the best I've read. I can't accurately convey my love for this book in one little review, but I'll say that I think this is going to be one of the most underrated books of the year. It isn't being talked about very much but it's SO good! Plus, I can say that this one gave me nightmares - a couple nights after finishing it, the evil "things" (I won't say what it is, I don't want to spoil!) showed up in my dreams except I was being awesome and fighting back so it wasn't super scary. But still, I think the fact that they showed up at all says something about the quality of this book and it's ability to stick with you. I can easily say this is one of my new favourite books, and one of the best of 2012. ARC received from HBG Canada for review.
My_Eclectic_Bookshelf More than 1 year ago
I was absolutely thrilled to get my hands on this ARC and I'll start by saying that happily it almost lived up to my expectations. (They were probably too high). I loved how the author slowly introduced each of the teens and their perspectives over the beginning third of the novel...and then built up to the take off in the middle of the book. At times it may have seemed a bit slow paced while I was reading it, but in retrospect Johan Harstad did an excellent job of building up to the actual space flight and time on the moon. I think it was that build up and anticipation which made the latter part of the book so thrilling. One does, as with any science fiction story, need to suspend disbelief otherwise you will never be able to get over the initial hurdle which is that the US government and the teens' parents are all ready to send random lottery drawn kids with only 2 months of "training" into space. If you can simply focus on the teens experiences and feeling throughout their individual journeys...you'll get to the heart of any good thriller--the character development. (Sadly though...these characters are not long for this world--or any other.) I also loved the little pictures and diagrams that at times accompanied the text. It made the story feel that much more "real." And despite being a translation the writing style flowed easily and seemed to fit well with the content of the book. The ending was one that I did not in any way expect. And I would imagine that most readers were also blindsided as I was. And that takes me to my one complaint about the novel. The wonderful twist at the end which unfortunately is complete puzzlement. Usually after a twist such as this one...the reader can look back and see some small sign or clue that could lead to the ending...or if not a clue...there will be some sort of time gap where one can surmise that an event occurred which the reader was not privy to. Not so in this case. I can find no clue nor gap in storytelling to allow for surprise at the end. and that did sadly leave me with a bit of a disappointment in an otherwise excellent read.
RemoraME More than 1 year ago
I read “172 Hours on the Moon” by Johan Harstad. This book was originally written in Norwegian but has been translated into english. The translation is so well done, you would have thought that it wasn’t translated at all. This book is very fast paced and will always keep you wondering, “what will happen next?”  I think this was a very good book for many different reasons. I think the plot was very fast paced and didn’t slow down once. There wasn’t one slow part in the book, even the prologue was mysterious and made you want to read the rest of the book. The main characters also had a distinct personalities that were very unique in their own way. The author had them develop over time in the book. In the book the characters faced many tragedies, many losses, and much more. All of these experiences made them a new, more developed character by the final chapter.  Even though there were many positives in this book, there was some negatives. One of the negatives were that so many people died during the book. In the last few chapters, it felt like there was someone dieing every chapter. Another negative was the romance type scene when they were on the moon, I personally think it was unneeded and it didn’t add anything to the plot.  The setting of this book is in the not too distant future, 2019. NASA decides to sponsor a trip to the moon. To make space appeal to the younger generation, NASA decides to hold a lottery to have 3 teens between the ages 13-18 to travel to the moon for 172 hours with NASA officials. In the beginning of the book, the author follows 3 teens that have put their names in the lottery, and those three the book follows, are the 3 that are chosen. The three teens all have different personalities, as a pointed out in the first paragraph. They all don’t like each other in the beginning of the book, but the warm up to each other by about the middle of the book, but right as they start to get along, something goes wrong, terribly wrong. Right as they get to the moon, bad things start to happen, people start going out of the space base and not coming back, people also start dieing. The people that are still alive start to expecting something is out there on the moon and they are right, something is out there and its dangerous. If you want to know the scary ending to the book you will have to read the book. 
OZZYKIM1971 More than 1 year ago
I'm not much into teen reading but this one was pretty cool. So if your wondering or not if you should read it then yes, give it a read!!
REBUS_Reviews More than 1 year ago
A very good science fiction novel. NASA decides to return to the moon and in order to whip up public interest, they hold a worldwide lottery among teenagers with the intent to pick 3 to accompany the astronauts on the journey. The crew will then spend 172 hours on the moon's surface. There are ominous warning signs early on but things go wrong on the moon. Translated from Norwegian in a highly readable form, this one may surprise you where it ends up. You will have to suspend belief in a few instances, but the story will pull you past those cases, as the plot thickens on the moon. A fast-paced page turner that wastes no time moving the plot along and it is recommended.
FayTannerr More than 1 year ago
172 Hours on the Moon was an interesting novel. It was full of suspense, thrills, and horror. The author crafted a well written plot and an incredibly thrilling novel. The book starts of on earth as we are introduced to the characters and then moves to the moon were things get really creepy. There were twist and turns that were not predictble and surprises all the way until the end of the novel. I would recommend this novel to fans of horror and suspense.
Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
I only grabbed this book because I thought cover looked interesting. I didn’t put two and two together until I finished the book. Creepy and at the same time a good horror sci fi in the YA section. To be fair, the pace of the book starts off a little slow at first. Think of it as a very slow introduction to the characters and establishing the setting, and where they’re going to be headed to on their space journey. Then hell breaks loose when they’re on the moon And wow, the pace picks up considerably and it instantly becomes a page turner. Now I understand there needs to be a mystery aspect to the novel - whether that’s necessary to establish the plot or not, that I’m not too sure. I welcomed it regardless because everything starting coming together and you find yourself racing through the novel to find out what’s going to happen next. Considering this is a YA sci fi novel, you’re not going to come across anything astronomically complicated when it comes to the science aspect of it all. No physics lessons or rocket science (literally.) It’s not meant to be a complex read so it’s ideal when one doesn’t want to bother with NASA lingo. Be prepared for a twist at the end. I was completely floored and it made the read incredibly enjoyable. Greatly recommended and well worth the read. We need more like this in the YA section! (and if you do find one, please let me know! I’m open to reading more of this!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was so easy to read, I finished it in one sitting. I just wish it was longer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book I actually read it in one day and it gave me nightmares. I didnt go anywhere alone for like a week. I was also inspired by the ending. I loved the ending. Perfectly put together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the best books I have read in the year 2015. It was difficult comparing it to another text for a project I have to do for school though, other than that I highly recommended!
DobeLove More than 1 year ago
I did not enjoy this book because the author developed great characters, but did not seem to know what to do with them at the end of the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great for people who like sci-fi and adventure. The ending was definetely not what you would expect. It took me by surprise.
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I immensely enjoyed this book. It was a quick read, probably because I couldn't put it down. Very well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was exciting and i just couldnt put it down. The beggining was sort of boring but it got better
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honesty, i wsh i could give 0 stars. This book is horrible. It takes forever to get going. Nothing is explained. The character developement is mediocre, nothing a second grader couldnt easily achieve. I had to forced myself to finish this. NOT WORTH THE MONEY
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I love this book! Im only half way through it but i still LOVE IT!!! Its one of the best books ive ever read! (almost) its so awsome though!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the book very much it scared me very much at the end it will take awile before i get sleep but in all very very very Good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really great book. Actually got scared. Big twist in the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of th greastest books i have ever read in my hole entire life. It was a very well fast paced book an you could tell exactly what was going on at all ties i loved
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book with a great plot and an extremely good twist at the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You learn about each character and the twist. Awsome book