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172 Hours on the Moon Hardcover – April 17, 2012
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"This irresistible premise is often intoxicating and occasionally downright terrifying.... pretty darn effective."―Booklist
"Imaginative.... Well-crafted suspense.... Interesting and original."―Kirkus Reviews
"Harstad combines the perfectly paced creepiness of classic Twilight Zone episodes with Battlestar Galactica's chilling portrayal of the vast, unknowable emptiness of space."―Romantic Times
"Creepy and bleak, Harstad's story is both psychologically and atmospherically disturbing."―Publishers Weekly
"Original, creepy, intense... 172 Hours is page-turning sci-fi that will stay with readers long after the shocking and heartbreaking conclusion."―School Library Journal
"Surprisingly creepy.... The novel's strength is its rising tension and skin-crawling conclusion: Scandinavian thriller meets sci-fi horror movie."―VOYA
"Hard to put down."―Library Media Connection
About the Author
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, 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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I’d seen this title bouncing about on friends reviews and it has popped up on my recommendations, it’s sci-fi, horror and YA, so there was no reason not to add this to my reading list. With no prior knowledge, other than some teens getting the chance to visit the moon, I cracked the spine expecting a momentous space adventure fraught with peril. Well it was that, but just not in a way I expected.
‘172 Hours on the Moon’ is a much sinister read. Less on the science fiction, and more on the scare factor.
There is a lot of switching of perspective in this book, which was interesting in learning about the cast and their backgrounds and culture. But I wasn’t sure what that had to do with the actual plot…
Additionally some of the more interesting facts and parts of space travel and being on the moon were glossed over or intentionally omitted. I feel some more of the technical aspects of the setting would have added credence to what they faced on the lunar surface. It is a stark and dangerous landscape and just how vulnerable to the elements and death was right there, but the author missed so much of it. Although, what was included really helped set the tone of being alone and helpless in the vastness of space and the lunar landscape… but with an added threat. If the continual worry of something going wrong and suffocating by vacuum wasn’t enough.
There were several parts in the novel where the hairs on my arms stood up… and not many books do that. It wasn’t an outright fear response, but rather that creepy feeling that you know something is not quite right and should be used as a portent for real evil.
The characters were likable, although the insta-love between Etienne and Mia felt irrelevant to the story.
I read this on and off over a week while travelling… only near the end did I wish I had more time to indulge as the pacing was slow in the first half. The narrative is interesting though.
Love the desolate picture that this book portrays of the landscape – it could have been used to escalate the bleakness and justify some of the characters attitudes towards the conclusion.
On the whole, this felt like a fable – a story you tell children at bed time or around the campfire to give them a little scare. It story fell a little flat. I wanted more of that creep factor. Maybe some of the issues could have been put down to the fact it was translated from Norwegian, but the big thing that got to me was the amount of information we were given that did not drive the plot forward, and the amount of information which should have been included to add dimension to the story that was omitted.
Cool concept, great creep factor, a so-so read…
The first part of the book moved S L O W. Like painfully slow. 115/351 pages just to develop the main plot and 3 main characters - basically a third of the book. And the characters aren't deep - here's an overview of the first 115 pages (spoilers, but not spoiling anything after page 115...):
NASA built a base on the moon but didn't tell anyone. Now they want to go back, and they want to send 3 lucky kids along for the ride. In the NASA meetings you find out something bad happened on the moon in the past, but you don't know what.
There's a Japanese girl who loves her family and friends but wants to travel the world and experience life abroad as soon as she's old enough.
The girl from Norway is really unpleasant, is a gothy rebellious teenager who thinks her band is going to make it big - she doesn't want to go to the moon, but her parents make her - she feels controlled and hates them for that, even though she deep down loves her family.
There's also a French dude who thinks he understands every deep meaning of love because he fell for the first girl who (you know...). He's kind of (very) stalkerish - spies on her, etc... Wants to use the moon trip to get away from her/get her to notice him.
All three of the teenagers have some exceedingly vague vision/sign/etc... that they think might be some kind of sign that there's a chance they should consider not taking the trip. But they have no clue about what it is because they each only get a third it.
And seriously, that's 115 pages. Start on page 116 "The Crew."
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It would have been great to have cut the first 115 pages down to, I don't know..., Maybe 20? Then use the extra 90-100 pages to not rush the ending so dang much. There was a lot that could have happened near the end of this book, as that was where the REALLY good storytelling should have happened - time should have been spent there developing that story instead of spending a third of the book "developing" 3 pretty simple/basic characters who just weren't that interesting at all. This story could have involved literally ANY 3 teenagers and played out the same - the good stuff floundered at the end because of WAY TOO MUCH TIME spent at the beginning.
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