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

Posted by on November 30, 2012

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

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  1. 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. =)

  2. 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…..

  3. 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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