Spooky and Weird: 172 HOURS ON THE MOON by John Harstad

172 Hours on the Moon 
172 Hours On The Moon
Johan Harstad
355 pages
Publisher: Little Brown
Release Date: April 17th 2012
Source: Hardcover from ALA

It’s been decades since anyone set foot on the moon. Now three ordinary teenagers, the winners of NASA’s unprecedented, worldwide lottery, are about to become the first young people in space–and change their lives forever.

Mia, from Norway, hopes this will be her punk band’s ticket to fame and fortune.

Midori believes it’s her way out of her restrained life in Japan.

Antoine, from France, just wants to get as far away from his ex-girlfriend as possible.

It’s the opportunity of a lifetime, but little do the teenagers know that something sinister is waiting for them on the desolate surface of the moon. And in the black vacuum of space… no one is coming to save them.

In this chilling adventure set in the most brutal landscape known to man, highly acclaimed Norwegian novelist Johan Harstad creates a vivid and frightening world of possibilities we can only hope never come true.

 One of the worst decisions I’ve ever made was to read this in the night. I mean, talk about scary. You read the books synopsis and your thinking “Hey, this just another dystopian where people start living on the moon because the earth is all jacked up.” But the thing is, this story only takes place 6 years from now. Not 50. Things quickly start to get weird once you read the prologue. Then things get normal again and the craziness of the prologue fades away. Then almost as soon as you begin to relax, once again things get weird.

The weirdness was something I could deal with, but the spookiness was something I couldn’t. Not only was I reading this in the middle of the night but the author makes the scary parts seem real with all the sciency talk and historic facts. But your reasonable side soon kicks in and starts giving you reasons why all this scariness is only on the moon. Nothing bad can happen to you here on our safe little planet. But of course John Harstad is a highly acclaimed author who knows exactly what’s going on through his readers minds. And he finishes everything off with a horrifying blow. The worst thing about it all? There is no second book showing us all how there is no hope for any of us on Earth.

A bloodcurdling, hair-raising, horrifying, and spine-chilling novel is what this is, nothing less. Hopefully you’ll take my warning and not read this at night, there isn’t really good time to read since it will probably haunt you at all times, but if you’re looking for a wonderfully written story that seems so real, and a tale that’ll leave you gasping for air, you couldn’t find a better one then this.

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This review was written by my 14 year old brother, Calidude


Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.



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    Bookluvrs Haven

    November 30, 2012

    Wow this sounds like a spooky cool read! Thank you for the review, and adding to my Goodreads list!!!


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    November 30, 2012

    Sounds like a chilling read. Looking forward to reading it.

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    November 30, 2012

    This sounds great! I've been looking for a novel like this one for a long time. I'm glad you liked it! Can't wait to read it :)

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    November 30, 2012

    This was such a strange book. Definitely unique. The ending really sold me :)

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    December 1, 2012

    Come on, this is the perfect book to read in the middle of the night, especially on a dark and stormy night. I loved how chilling this book was and that the ending was so unexpected. =)

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    Jesse Burgoyne

    December 1, 2012

    This one sounds really creepy! I guess I should avoid reading it at night :)

    Jesse @ Pretty in Fiction

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    Rachel V

    December 2, 2012

    I think this book sounds really good. I love creepy and space. I will have to look into this one.

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    December 3, 2012

    This sounds fantastic! Thanks for the great review! Definitely adding this to my wishlist :)

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    December 4, 2012

    Great review. I am thoroughly creeped out already and I haven't even read the book yet. The cover is major creepsville too.

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    Megan Broderick

    December 5, 2012

    I love space books! And creepy space books are even better! This was a great review :)

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    December 20, 2012

    I have this book, but nowI am a little weary about reading it. If there isn't anything to follow up your remaining questions and is too scarey. hmmmm…..

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    essay methodology

    January 19, 2013

    I've been looking for a novel like this one for a long time. I'm glad you liked it! Can't wait to read it :

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    February 1, 2013

    Completely agree about needing a follow-up book to find out what happened on Earth.

    However, I'm thinking the epilogue means that things were contained to a degree…

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    January Matthews

    February 16, 2013

    Great review! This sounds so creepy! I'll have to get it and read it during the day. I love horror, but I need my sleep!