172 Hours on the Moon

172 Hours on the Moon

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A terrifying thriller for young adult fans of The Martian and 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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 147 x 216 x 33mm | 472g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations; Illustrations, black and white; Illustrations; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0316182885
  • 9780316182881
  • 176,219

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Hard to put down.--Library Media Connection
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About Johan Harstad

Johan Harstad won the 2008 Norwegian Brage Award in the young adult/children's literature category for 172 Hours on the Moon. He has also written several novels for adults, including Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All the Confusion?, a Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction of 2011 book, which has been published in thirteen countries; four plays; a collection of short stories; and a prose collection. He has been described as one of the most important [Scandinavian] authors to emerge in the early years of this century. He lives in Oslo, Norway.
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Rating details

12,301 ratings
3.55 out of 5 stars
5 22% (2,726)
4 34% (4,174)
3 26% (3,204)
2 12% (1,528)
1 5% (669)

Our customer reviews

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.show more
by Nicola Mansfield
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.show more
by Brenna Staats
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