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172 Hours on the Moon

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,339 Ratings  ·  1,930 Reviews
Three teenagers are going on the trip of a lifetime. Only one is coming back. It's been more than forty years since NASA sent the first men to the moon, and to grab some much-needed funding and attention, they decide to launch an historic international lottery in which three lucky teenagers can win a week-long trip to moon base DARLAH 2.
Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 5th 2012 by Atom (first published September 15th 2008)
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Jae-Eun I would recommend this to any child over 11 who can handle some blood and loves space. I read this book at 11 and survived so I think it would be…moreI would recommend this to any child over 11 who can handle some blood and loves space. I read this book at 11 and survived so I think it would be perfect for someone looking for some scientific gore.(less)
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Khanh (the Grinch)
Jan 12, 2016 Khanh (the Grinch) rated it did not like it

This is the dumbest book I've read this year. Granted, we're only a few days into 2016, but the fact remains that this book is awful. Here are the reasons why:

1. Everyone says OMG THIS BOOK IS SO SCARY. It was not. It was boring. 50% of the book is spent introducing us to the bratty and annoying Mia, the token Japanese girl (she's Japanese so she can tell scary Japanese stories), and the spectacularly unmemorable Mia

2. It was boring. Seriously. You could skip to the last 15% of the book and know
Jul 31, 2014 karen rated it liked it
Shelves: why-yes-i-ya

the mooooooon! in spaaaaaace!!!

important distinction: this is not a sci-fi novel,it is a horror novel set in space.

and it needs to be said: the premise of this book is bananas.

so, NASA decides to go to the moon again. and to select three teenagers to accompany trained astronauts up there. for publicity. and ostensibly this mission is to get tantalum seventy-three from the moon, but really, REALLY - it is because some fucked-up shit happened there that was all covered up, and they wa
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
Raeleen Lemay
Apr 08, 2015 Raeleen Lemay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, own
I'm pretty sure my mind actually just exploded.

May 01, 2013 Ariel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
I need to gather my thoughts, talk with Raeleen, but just know that this is probably the most terrifying books I have ever read.
Ava Oceana
172 HOURS ON THE MOON is frightening. The hold-me-I'm-shaking-I'll-never-look-at-the-universe-the-same-way-again type of frightening. Call it whatever you'd like: nightmare-inducing, chilling, fear on paper. Whatever you do call it, 172 HOURS ON THE MOON is bound to scare the crap out of you.

I mean, unless you're one of them.

172 HOURS ON THE MOON is 355 pages of pure terror written by Johan Harstad, a Norwegian man who obviously must've gone to the moon and experienced these things to write abou
Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
Jul 04, 2014 Catriona (LittleBookOwl) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
172 Hours on the Moon is super creepy yet engrossing. The mystery and the suspense kept me wanting to know what terrors lie in wait on the moon, and I couldn't put this book down. When you find out the truth, it is certainly not what you were expecting.

This book completely sucks you in, whenever I picked it up I couldn't stop reading. The first portion of the book - prior to the moon, is a little slower in pace. However, I loved getting to know the characters. and you still witn
The were things I knew about this book before I started: It was scary and it was good and it was about going to the moon.

Therefore the things I expected before starting this book: a scary plot and a good book and a plot on the moon.

Things I HOPED from this book: a unique plot, little to no romance, and an absolutely fantastic story.

Things I got from the book: a unique plot, little romance and an absolutely fantastic story.

I don't even know where to begin because this was fantastic. It's about 3
"To the moon, Alice!" --The Honeymooners (1955)

In space, no one can hear you scream. --Alien (1979)
First of all, if I was ever going to read a book based solely on its cover, it would be this one. That eye, that desolate, lunar landscape, that solitary, shadowy figure.

Magnificent, yes? Also, the premise of this one had me at "hello, we're going back to the moon. And there's something wicked bad there. And you probably won't make it back alive." Space horror is the bomb. Unless you're talking
"Five, four - ignition sequence!"
"Two, one -"

I may have a slight rant prepared.

So, NASA has a lottery to send 3 teenagers on the first moon mission after 40 years of absence? That sounded pretty ludicrous to me. We're given a reason on why children, but it's a pretty crappy reason.


I feel like the author didn't do enough research on how NASA does things.
I don't think NASA would just randomly choose 3 people. Okay, sure there were a few regulations on height, age and a
Nov 30, 2012 Jenne rated it did not like it
Oh my god what.
I think maybe this was actually written by an alien rather than a Norwegian. At first I just assumed the peculiarly flavorless dialogue was a result of the translation process, but the way that no character at any time behaves the way an actual human would--there's just no other explanation.
Alien wrote this.
The end.

(the end, by the way, I did enjoy since (view spoiler). Yay!)
2.5 stars

I don’t feel great about this rating, but I’ve got to be honest – this book left me pretty cold.

It’s possible that a large part of this was going into the book already knowing what was lurking on the moon. It’s hard to be completely creeped out when you’ve identified the bogeyman, you know? So, there’s a chance I might have rated higher had I been unprepared for finale. But I’m hesitant to put my lack of enthusiasm down to just that.

I don’t disagree that third person was the right way
Feb 28, 2015 Pip rated it really liked it
Slow to start but holy SHIT this was freaky as HELL. Incredibly threatening and claustrophobic and tense, really enjoyable read if you're a fan of a mixture of mystery/sci fi/horror. I'm going to have a lie down.
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
"In space, no one can hear you scream."

The premise of 172 Hours on the Moon is that, in the near future, NASA decides to send three teenagers to the moon. Why? For publicity and funding, they say. (Huh, okay.) But as this creepy story progresses, conspiracies are uncovered and strange things begin to happen––and the three teens chosen for the journey, along with the rest of the crew at their space station, find out they may not make it back to Earth alive.

So, I'll start off by saying that this b
Maxi  ❥
Apr 12, 2016 Maxi ❥ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Maxi ❥ by: Booktube
Shelves: own-a-copy-read, 2015
*3.75 stars*

This was the first and only YA horror novel I’ve read so far (for what I can remember) and I enjoyed. I will say that the ending really blew up my mind but for most of the book I didn’t get why it is so hyped up on Booktube / Goodreads.

Plot .5 stars
The plot is pretty easy to follow: three teenagers are sent to the moon, the opportunity of a lifetime, but there’s something mysterious going on.
The horror sub-plot isn’t present from the start and well developed and that’s not good. Wha
You must know that what I'm about to tell you now is top secret, sensitive information. It's important that you understand that.

This is one of the worst books I've ever read. I could have put all the ridiculous quotes here to prove it, but it'd be no fun. So let me explain.*
*This review contains mild spoilers. All the major spoilers about the ending are hidden.

NASA is running out of money and decides to attract world's attention in an unusual way: it holds a lottery among teens that allow them t
Jan 05, 2016 Serkan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Uzun zamandır bu kadar saygısızca saçmalayan, YA da olsa sci-fi etiketine bu kadar hakaret eden bir kitap okumamıştım.

Spoil etmekten hiç çekinmiyorum, çünkü "gerçekten" okumayın.

1) 1969'da zar zor aya iniş yapan NASA, oraya nasıl olduysa 2 tane kocaman yer altı üssü kurmuş, hem de el değmeden! iş makinesi mi getirdi naptıysa artık. Üstelik bu kadar yatırımdan sonra üsleri de hiç kullanmamış. Az daha unutuyordum bir de üslerden birine kendi başına havalanıp otomatik olarak dünyaya dönebilen bir
Doğan Sakarya
Öncelikle kitaba verdiğim 3 puan, 2,5'dan 3 puandır. Elimde olsa 2,5 puanı burada da verirdim.

İthaki'nin, Marslı'dan yediği ekmeği bu kitaptan da yemek istemesi hatta Marslı'yı iyi sattık bunu da satarız felsefesiyle piyasaya sürdüğü bir kitap. Tek tesellim, 9.90'a almış olmam nedeniyle maddi zararımın az olması.

Kitabın hemen bitmesi en güzel yanıydı. Genç-yetişkin yanının ağır basması, kitabın yarısına geldiğimizde Ay'a anca gidişimiz, ucuz bir kurgu ve ucuz-basit bir sonla bitmesi kötüydü. Köt
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Johan Harstad genç bir yazar, 1979 doğumlu. İlk kitabı 2001’de yayımlanmış, Ay’da 172 Saat ise 2008’de Norveç’in önemli edebiyat ödüllerinden biri olan Brageprisen’i kazanmış, şimdiye kadar on ayrı ülkede yayımlanmış.

Ay’da 172 Saat, 2010 yılında, NASA merkezindeki bir toplantı odasına başlıyor. Kalantor amcalar toplanmışlar, yeni bir Ay yolculuğu yapılmalı mı, yapılacaksa kamuoyu nasıl ikna edilmeli gibi konuları tartışıyorlar ve bu arada, 70’lerde Ay’da inşa edilmiş, DARLAH 2 adlı, gizli bir üs
Jun 28, 2015 Taissa rated it really liked it
I FINALLY FINISHED IT! After reading this for about a week I finished it;and I really liked it
Malak Ibrahim
Feb 28, 2016 Malak Ibrahim rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
Actual rating : 3.5

there is a contest to chose 3 teenagers to go to the moon , they must be between 14 and 18 , and the whole world is involved .

it was a long time since the last mission to the moon , why? ,in the last mission the astronauts couldn't get back to the earth so they died on the moon , and now NASA is falling down , folks don't trust them which leave NASA with no money , it's 2018 and a doctor suggested to make a contest and choose teenagers to send them to the moon because the whol
May 10, 2015 Rachel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
*1.5 stars*
Wow so I was really disappointed in this. Basically all I got out of it was an attempt at a cheap thrill / "crazy plot twist" at the end, but I wasn't even impressed by that. Usually when I don't like a book I try and give it the whole "oh maybe it's just me" deal, but I just don't think this was a well crafted novel.

Plot- Essentially, nothing happens in this book until the last 50ish pages. Obviously I'm exaggerating, but what I really mean is nothing of importance happens. I feel li
Actual rating is 3.5 stars

Yesterday, I watched The Blair Witch Project for the first time since its release fourteen years ago. Now, for those of you who still haven't seen The Blair Witch Project and know not much about it, what tends to either make or break the film for people is the fact that it keeps the audience almost entirely in the dark in regards to its titular witch. The purpose of this is to have the viewers illustrate their own image of the witch in their heads, thereby establishing
Lauren (Lauren Reads YA)
Apr 03, 2016 Lauren (Lauren Reads YA) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like science fiction and/or horror
Recommended to Lauren by: Jesse (JesseTheReader)
Read my full review on Lauren Reads YA (with GIFs and pretty book photography!)

Imagine if a horror book and a science fiction book made a book baby… 172 Hours on the Moon is that baby.

All I knew about this book before going in was that it was creepy, and I’m so glad I didn’t know any more. That made the twists even more exciting! The first half of the book I was thinking of all kinds of crazy (conspiracy) theories, and once you find out what the twist is, you’re like, "WHAT?!"

The only thing that
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172 Hours on the Moon is like The Selection but in space, hence the alternative covers.

The premise is simple… well, kind of. NASA has a secret mission, they want to go back to the Moon but because of the lack of support they come up with the idea of starting a contest; they’ll select three random teenagers from all over the world to go to space, making NASA popular again (don’t argue the logic, there’s none). Problem is, when the three lucky kids arrive, they realize that NASA
This book was literally insane. It was strictly a horror novel. I don't usually get so unsettled by any type of "horror" novel, but this book scared the shit out of me. (I also read basically all of this book around 1 AM so that probably contributed to the fact that it freaked me out.)

Anyway, the first 100 pages or so weren't the most interesting. I think they were supposed to help us get to know NASA's mission and the characters better but both of those, for me, were severely underdeveloped. Ho
Sarah Churchill
Nov 23, 2013 Sarah Churchill rated it really liked it

I'm a little torn with this one. It wasn't perfect - I didn't like the characters all that much, and all of them were 100% stereotypes. It was fairly predictable in places, but importantly the ENDING was not. I just stared at the last page for a good couple of minutes trying to get my head around what I'd just read.

I found it pretty slow for the first half of the book. I got the characters mixed up because they were flat representations of teenagers that I didn't really care for, e
Jacob McCabe
Jul 18, 2013 Jacob McCabe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All I can say is, "What. The. Hell."
Nov 10, 2015 Lexie rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015, sci-fi
Relief: when you get into your PJs after a long day.
Relief: when you expect bad news and you get the good instead.
Relief: when you finish a book which has been sitting half-finished in your Currently Reading shelf for months.

And relief: when you have someone to blame for this last relief.

I blame Michael Myers. And Jason. And Freddy Krueger. I blame all the horror movies I've watched and rewatched since, frankly, childhood. (Explains a lot about the way I am, doesn't it? *winks ominously, as far
Oct 24, 2015 Nadine rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

"God isn't here. God doesn't even know about this place."

172 Hours on the Moon is the perfect Halloween read. It's scary, creepy, and down right terrifying. But what I loved most about this book is its grounding in reality. The facts about space, the moon, and past space travel are real which allows you to invest fully in the story. There are pictures throughout the novel that cement you in the story and adds another layer of realism.

The reason I gave it a 4.5 star instead of a 5 is the
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Johan Harstad is a 31-year-old Norwegian author, graphic designer, playwright, drummer, and international sensation. He is the winner of the 2008 Brage Award (Brageprisen), previously won by Per Petterson, and his books have been published in over 11 countries. In 2009, he was named the first ever in-house playwright at the National Theatre in Oslo. His first novel Buzz Aldrin, What Happened To Yo ...more
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