172 Hours On The Moon by Johan Harstad172 Hours On The Moon by Johan Harstad

172 Hours On The Moon

byJohan Harstad

Paperback | May 21, 2013

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A terrifying thriller for young adult fans ofThe Martianand paranormal space adventure that will be devoured in one heart-pounding sitting.

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. 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.
Johan Harstad won the 2008 Norwegian Brage Award in the young adult/children's literature category for172 Hours on the Moon. He has also written several novels for adults, includingBuzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All the Confusion?, aKirkus ReviewsBest Fiction of 2011 book, which has been published in thirteen countries; four play...
Title:172 Hours On The MoonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:May 21, 2013Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316182893

ISBN - 13:9780316182898


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Creepy worth read! 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!)
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 4.5 stars! Crazy Book! OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD! This was book was INSANE!!!!!!! I don't even have words... I can't even... Ok... Let me try to gather my thoughts. First off, I just want to say how hesitant I was on reading a translated book. For some reason I thought it would be noticeable and the writing would be choppy or weird. But it wasn't. the writing was GREAT! I never would have known that it was translated just by reading it. Second, I loved the characters, their back stories, and their reasons for wanting to go on this moon trip. I loved that it was told in the third person and that it didn't focus on one main character. I think Mia had most of the spotlight, but all the characters got a good chunk of the story, which would not be possible if it were told in the first person. Even though they didn't leave for the moon until almost halfway through the book, I still very much enjoyed it. It was intriguing and spooky at times. Weird things happened before they even left Earth! Once they were on the moon, shit went down. Holy EFF I have goosebumps now just thinking about it. FRIIIIG that was scary. Even the non-horror aspects were scary. Like just the things going wrong would have made a scary enough book, but then... THEN.... well, I can't tell you what happened then, because then that would give too much away! But let me tell you... It's insane. And crazy. and scary. and oh my god. OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD! There were only a few little things that I didn't like about it. I didn't like that there was no real reason for bringing the kids. They said it would gain more publicity, but I thought that was a cover-up reason and there would end up being a "real" reason why they wanted teenagers on the moon. But they just wanted more publicity. I didn't like that the guy at the beginning had his name blanked out. Who the eff was that? Why was his name blanked out? ARGH. And the "warning" stuff before they left didn't really get explained... like, HOW did that stuff ACTUALLY happen? That part just felt like all the unexplained stuff from Lost, to me. Other than that, CRAZY story! And may I say one more time: OH MY GOD
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unexpectedly Scary This book was much better than I had anticipated it to be. It was chilling.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Interesting read, totally different than anything I've read before. Lots of chills and thrills.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Holy crap... This book was so fun and refreshing to read. And the cover makes sense after you finish reading this book.
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! Not what i expected but an interesting read
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Creepy I loved reading this. I don't read much horror so I can't say how truly scary it was, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from 172 Hours of Lameness When I see a novel classified as "sci-fi/horror" I am instantly excited. And this book won so many awards and was an acclaimed hit....I was way dissappointed. First of all, too much teenage drama, but that is to be expected with a teen novel. Second, 3 teens going to the moon with less than a years training? No freaking way. The horror plot was vague and never properly explained (reminded me a lot of Pike's Season of Passage but not nearly as good) and the ending was WAY too predicatble. The only perk of this novel was that it had some pictures and diagrams which was kind of neat. As for the substance, it was for the birds.
Date published: 2013-06-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Trapped on the Moon Reason for Reading: I'll admit the cover caught my attention first, then simply the plot intrigued me and finally the fact that the author was Scandinavian sealed the deal. I love YA science fiction, but never seem to read much of the genre. I was totally enthralled with this book. An intriguing and unique premise makes for an exciting read. The characters are perhaps not fully fleshed out and I would have liked to know them better as people but the main character (I won't tell you who that ends up being) does get the most attention developmentally. The book does focus more on plot than character development. This is not a problem though as the plot is totally engaging! At first, I thought it was going in a typical direction but things took a strange twist and threw me for a loop. The science fiction plot takes a turn towards horror as the unknown element lurks in the background and then confronts those who journeyed to the moon. The ending is unpredictable and a shocker. It's not all spelled out for you and I had to think back about how events went down at the end to realize just what exactly happened. Some readers may find this frustrating, while others, including me, will find this exhilaratingly clever. A well-written and eerie sci-fi/horror for older teens who can handle the tension and some slightly violent scenes.
Date published: 2012-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must read for fans of sci-fi and horror I read this book a week ago and I am still creeped out by it! Set in a distant but familiar future, 172 Hours on the Moon, opens with NASA deciding to reopen missions to the moon. This felt very timely with last year's final space shuttle launch. I know there are more than a few people who were disappointed by this decision. In addition to the reopening of the space program, it is also revealed that during the original moon landng in 1969, the U.S. government built a secret base called DARLAH 2 on the surface of the moon. And if that weren't enough of a twist they're going to be sending three teenagers up to stay at the base for a week (with a crew of highly trained astronauts of course). I was immediately sucked in by this unique and interesting plot. It was incredibly well researched and the science blended in seamlessly with the story. The amount of detail I know about space/moon could probably fill a tiny journal page but Johan Harstad gives you all the background and information you need in an easy to understand format, but without seeming like he's dumbing it down for the readers. I felt incredibly well informed by the end of the novel and even a little curious to do further research on my own. I also really loved the wide cast of characters. All three teens are developed equally and it isn't until the last quarter of the book that you find out whether this is an ensemble story or one with a clear main character. I thought this was a neat method and it added an extra layer of mystery to the story as a whole. But best of all is just how creepy this book is. It's haunting and at times quite disturbing. I loved getting caught up in the mystery and getting spooked by the different plot twists. I was on tenterhooks right until the very last page. And all of this takes place on the moon! Which just provided an awesome and unknown setting for the story to play out on. Final recommendation: Highly recommended for science fiction fans as well as those who love a good mystery/horror story. This and other reviews at Hooked on Books (http://christashookedonbooks.blogspot.com)
Date published: 2012-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After 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.
Date published: 2012-04-24

Editorial Reviews

"A fascinating, suspense-filled novel that keeps the reader guessing until the end."-Library Media Connection