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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
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This book appears to try to be a combination of "hard" science fiction (that is, scientifically accurate) and horror. As horror goes, it's not that horrifying and the epilogue seems to completely undo the "horrifying" finale. As science fiction, it's just awful.
The author appears to have vaguely heard about NASA and the Apollo era moon missions but didn't seem to bother doing much research on how NASA does things. Have a lottery to send three teenagers (along with fully trained astronauts) on the first mission back to the moon after 40 years of absence using untested hardware? Well, that's pretty ludicrous but even ignoring that, NASA would not just randomly pick 3 "winners" and send them. They would pick a larger group (I'm guessing about two dozen), interview the hell out of them, test them physically, mentally and psychologically and eventually boil it down to a primary team and a backup team at minimum.
When the astronauts and teenagers land on the moon, it's practically on top of the Apollo 11 landing site. In the real world, NASA would send them someplace more geologically (I know, "selenologically" or whatever) interesting. The Apollo 11 site was chose as it was bland and relatively safe. When they leave the lander and first step on the moon, do they have any inspiring words for the folks back home? Nope, not a one. Oh, they do take time to put a plastic box over Neil Armstrong's first footprint on the moon. As if they could tell which one that was as it would have been trampled over by Amstrong and Aldrin during their two lunar walks.
What do they do next?Read more ›
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.Read more ›
In the chapters before the launch, Harstad gives indications that the mission won't go as smoothly as planned. Something spooky happened on the last mission, scary enough to keep NASA away from the moon for a few decades. Unfortunately, the book does not follow through on the promised suspense. First of all, this is supposed to be a book about scary stuff happening on the moon, but the characters don't even leave earth until half way through the book. Harstad used too many pages trying to set the scene and build up the characters and he wasn't even successful doing that. None of the teens are particularly sympathetic and the adults are completely unrealistic.
Flat characters would be fine if the suspense and action were able to carry the day. But that just didn't happen in this case. Even after they reached the moon and some freaky stuff started happening, there was just too little action. The events that did occur were generally unrealistic or insufficiently depicted. Overall, 172 Hours on the Moon is just a poorly written book. It seemed to me more like 172 Years Reading This Book. If it weren't for the fact that I was planning to review this book for the blog, I would have stopped long before the liftoff!
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First off, this was the most horrifying book I have ever read. I unknowingly read it when I was eight, and I still got sucked into it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The author has something going for them. Interesting subject about going back to the moon. Even though the author has chosen to use Apollo technology to get to the moon with six... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Keera
It wasn't very good. It wasn't very scary. I didn't like or care about any of the characters. The part where they actually go to the moon was anticlimactic. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Hails
Someone said this was the scariest book they have ever read. So I bought it and I'm like where?what was so scary? This book was boring and hard to keep reading.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book was insanely creepy. I am not going to talk too much about it, because I genuinely feel you will enjoy the book more the less you know going in. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ashley
The premise of this book is actually quite good. The execution of the writing struggled at points.
The first part of the book moved S L O W. Like painfully slow. Read more
One of my favorite books. I got it and finished it in just a few hours. If you are a fan of "horror" sci-fi books, I recommend giving this one a go. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kathrine Baughman
Boring, uninspired, badly written. The only constant in this book is that there is no constant. Any number of supernatural occurences or human flaws can occur sentence by sentence... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer