Review: 172 Hours on the Moon

2014-02-08 16.22.43
172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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 liftetime, but little do they know that something sinister is waiting for them on the desolate surface of the moon. In this chilling adventure set in the most brutal landscape known to man, high acclaimed Norwegian novelist Johan Harstad creates a vivid and frightening world of possibilities we can only hope never come true.

Oh my god. I now know two things for certain:
1. I’m not going to have a good night’s sleep tonight.
2. I don’t EVER want to go to the moon. Ever.

Started reading this book last night and finished it today. It’s not a very large book and you could get through it in an evening, if you’re a fast reader. I would not recommend reading this at night, though.
The book is definitely intriguing. At first, I was a bit sceptical if it wasn’t written for a younger audience, but in the end I could see how this book would be for anyone (though maybe not for children).

The story starts off with a lottery NASA is organising for teenagers, with as winning prize a return ticket to the moon. Three teenagers are eventually picked for this and after months of training, they set off. Unfortunately for them, the moon isn’t exactly what they thought it would be and their adventure doesn’t go as planned.

I won’t spoil the whole story, but I definitely recommend this book if you want to read something else than your typical YA romance or if you’re in the mood for something creepy. Like I said, you could get through this book within a couple of hours and it’ll leave you with chills. It’s a good book to break the slump of reading the same genre you’re always reading.

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