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172 Hours on the Moon

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  5,333 ratings  ·  1,430 reviews
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. Mia, from Norway, hopes this will be her punk band's ticket to fame and fortune. Midori believes it's her way out of her restrained life in Japan. Anto ...more
Hardcover, 355 pages
Published April 17th 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published September 15th 2008)
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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
I'm pretty sure my mind actually just exploded.

I need to gather my thoughts, talk with Raeleen, but just know that this is probably the most terrifying books I have ever read.
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)
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
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
"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
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.
B u n n y ♥  | BooksWithBunny
*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
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!)
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)
Oct 25, 2014 Lauren (Lauren Reads YA) rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Jacob McCabe
All I can say is, "What. The. Hell."
This book was an interesting mix of science fiction, paranormal and romance, featuring a compelling and engaging cast of characters.
Definitely a new favourite of mine.
This book was thrilling and suspenseful from the beginning to the end, and I could not put it down.
Overall, an entertaining read that I would definitely recommend.
Faye, la Patata
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In space, no one can hear you scream.


Thirty minutes after finishing this novel, I still feel the chills running down my spine. I've always loved space, y'know? I grew up in the countryside where I could get a clear view of the stars, and I would oftentimes spot a meteorite here and there, flashing brightly for a second or two before it disappears in the void that we call the outer space. Endless hours of star gazing has made me a bit ambitious. I've
This was so much fun. So much fun.

172 Hours on the Moon is a scifi thriller, and while it lacks character development and forces readers to suspend a lot of sensibilities, the action, pacing, and downright chilling aspects of the story make it worthwhile.

Three teens are being selected to go to the moon as part of NASA's attempt to regain funding and rebuild their program. They choose teens since they're not going to remember what happened last time there was a mission to the boom (cue ominous m
What the everloving fuck just happened :v

Mariam Abood
OK I'm first going to start off by saying that this book is a horror novel, disguised as a sci-fi. Now usually I would be ok with that, however, when reading this at one in the morning it did end up scaring the living shit out of me.

Now I will give this book credit, it had a MAJOR plot twist at the end that I honestly didn't see coming. However, my issue with the plot twist was I didn't actually see the point to it. Plot twists such as this one usual occur so that the main characters can collec
Jan 21, 2014 Isabelle rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sci-fi lovers, Space lovers, anyone looking for a creepy read
I flew through this book ... and let me tell you ... SO FREAKING SCARY!!! Why did I read this at night?!

Proper Review

I would have loved this scary, sci-fi space novel if I loved the characters. But I didn't. Let me further elaborate:

First of all, none of the characters wanted to go to the moon for the experience. This whole story is about NASA launching a competition where three lucky teenagers are selected to spend 172 Hours on the Moon (approximately one week). You would have expected at le

Really. That was my exact reaction when i finished the book. It is creepy to say the least. It scared the hibbie jibbies out of me and i truly and madly was convinced for a moment that the Moon might actually be hell.

I am glad i read the book because i learned a couple of new things ( like where the phrase "Houston, we have a problem" originated from. yeah because that is totally important for me to suceed in life .) The premise is effing great which is what made me pick up the book i
Giselle at Book Nerd Canada
The government holds a lottery for all teenagers worldwide to be be able to go to the moon. There's a special mission they have to do and we as as the reader are left in the dark. Mia, Midori and Antoine are the chosen teenagers and together they train and memorize and help each other prepare as they are sent off to the moon. What they encounter once there isn't so pleasant and together they realize they're not alone.

*queue sinister music in here*

The premise of this book starts off really well
Leigh Collazo

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WHAT I LIKED: 172 Hours on the Moon is one of the creepiest, most chilling books I've ever read. After the first 100 pages, I finished the rest of it in one sitting. Gripping and suspenseful, 172 Hours is one of those books where you constantly ask yourself, "How can they possibly get out of this?"

I must give props to the translator, Tara Chace. If the front cover did not tell me 172 Hours was a translation (from Norwegian), I would never have kno
Sarah Churchill

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
Anabel (inthebookcorner)
The first 200 pages were so slow and boring. Maybe because I wasn't expecting it to take them so long to get to space and the moon.
But it picked up towards the end, I didn't necessarily get scared but I was like "ohh wtf"
Honestly, I'm kind of still thinking WTF. Can't believe it just ended that way hahaha that ending definitely deserves a discussion.
*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
A thrilling but creepy book. Honestly, this book piles on the scare factor. I couldn't stop reading! The first half was a little bit boring and dull, yet the book certainly picked up when they got to the moon. I think the author probably could have put them on the moon a little earlier on in the book cause once the action picked up, it certainly did not stop. It would have been nice if we'd have gotten a bit of pace throughout the book as i feel everything would have flowed a lot better. I hones ...more
Christine (Voldy's Gone Moldy)
Actual rating: 4.6 stars
This book scared the crap out of me. I became scared of my own shadow, and once screamed and dropped this book when someone knocked on my door. I swear, I can still feel the shivers. And that says something, as I read this entire book in broad, sunshine-y daylight.

I could go on and on about the strange rituals I performed after reading this book (like the fact that I was actually checking everyone's irises to make sure they weren't out to kill me. And I did this complete
Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)
Despite 172 Hours on the Moon being a futuristic novel instead of being set way in the future like other books in the ever popular dystopian genre this book begins in 2010 with NASA setting in motion plans for a huge global event with three teenagers from around the world being sent on a life changing trip to the moon in 2019 to spark an interest in space in a younger generation and to attract media attention for publicity and much needed funding. And so jumping ahead to the year 2018 a global l ...more
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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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