172 Hours On The Moon

Paperback | May 21, 2013

byJohan Harstad

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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.

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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...

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...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.5 × 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

Customer Reviews of 172 Hours On The Moon


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

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