172 Hours on the Moon

172 Hours on the Moon

A Novel

Book - 2012
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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.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, c2012.
ISBN: 9780316182881
Branch Call Number: YA HAR
Characteristics: 351 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Chace, Tara


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List - Day Trip To Space
Olivia_H_ Jul 04, 2017

In order to get funding and publicity, NASA sent the 3 teenage winners of their worldwide lottery to the moon. Little do they know there is something horrifying waiting for them there.

List - To Boldly Go...
Lisa_Marie_C Apr 07, 2016

Looking for a more chilling read? Try this sci-fi horror. Its creepy and engrossing and once you're hooked you won't be able to put it down.

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Jul 11, 2017

All around, this was a good book, i just feel that it was almost exactly like the original alien movie in the way the main character is introduced, how the organization running everything knows of the danger, and of the thriller that keeps you on edge immensely.

Jul 22, 2016

Love love LOVE!

Apr 27, 2016

172 Hours on the Moon shouldn’t have been as entertaining as it was, and wasn’t as entertaining as it could have been. I know that sounds odd, but hear me out. It was an interesting, fast-paced read that had you almost constantly wondering what was going on for the first three quarters or so of the book. I found myself leaning towards the screen as I read, so wrapped up in what was going on for the most part. The author also went for the unhappy ending instead of the tidy resolution, so that was definitely a plus too. The pictures definitely added to the overall story at times.

However, the pictures were in there a little too often. It got to the point where – like in Ransom Riggs’ work – it felt like they were there for the sake of being there instead of truly being good/necessary for the read. There was absolutely no need at all for the romance angle that the author so predictably tried to shove in. Hint: Not everyone needs their stories dipped in romance to make them palatable! Thankfully it didn’t have time to do much.

Also, while I liked that the author went for the unhappy ending instead of the predictable one, it felt weakly written. One of those deals where, when reading, I actually frowned and then went back over what I had read to make sure I didn’t miss anything. It felt very sketched-out instead of of fully written out, and while the book hadn’t been super fascinating and strong to read to begin with, this definitely weakened it even further. Then, overall, the story didn’t feel believable. Not even a little, tiny bit. I think that’s the nail in the coffin for it, for me at least. Definitely soft on the science fiction and reality scales.

Overall, definitely not a great read, but it kept me glued to the book for most of it, so it’s got an appeal that I can’t deny. It just sort of fizzled out quietly at the end, where it should have left you with a bone chilling sense of horror (at least before the epilogue. Which I’m not going to discuss, because, ugh, epilogues.)

Nov 09, 2015

Don't read this if you intend to sleep well for the next month! That's all I can say. CREEPY!

Jul 12, 2014

If your looking for a book that will freak you out you have to read this book!! A group of teens win a drawing for a trip to the moon... There they find out why the space program shut down. Beginning is slow but it can give you a good scare.


Apr 22, 2014

This book was really good, honestly it really freaked me out, I would recomend it if you aren't fond of happy endings, and are ok with a mysterious ending!!

Jan 01, 2014

i have no words!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 perfection

Aug 11, 2013

This was really really good. It is a sci-fi horror that is a lot like the "alien" movie. It has just the right amount of creepy and scary. I really enjoyed this.

Jun 13, 2013

It was an interesting book to read but I didnt really get the ending to it .

Jun 06, 2013

dont read, unrealistic, really bad ending. Overall bad read

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Jul 11, 2017

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