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172 Hours on the Moon

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  3,788 ratings  ·  1,030 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. buh.na.nuhs.

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...more
Oceana Fern
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...more
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.
"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 a...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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!)
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...more
Jacob McCabe
All I can say is, "What. The. Hell."
Faye, la Patata
Can also be read on The Social Potato.

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...more
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...more
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.
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?!

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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...more
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...more
LeAnn Suchy
Originally reviewed at Minnesota Reads.

It’s 2019 and NASA needs to go back to the moon. You see, when they were bouncing around on the moon in the 60s and 70s, they weren’t doing it for the photo op. They were building a secret research facility in the Sea of Tranquility to investigate mysterious signals received on Earth from the moon. Before they could really investigate, the public lost interest in missions to space and their budget was cut, so they never actually used the research facility.

I have been wanting this book ever since Raeleen hauled this book in one of her videos. I had some great expectations for this book, but I was let down by three things. One being that the first killings were very tame and not gross and disgusting like I expected. Second, the insta love between Antoine and Mia was annoying. Third, the twist at the end made everything confusing.

Some things that in this book that I really liked was that the pacing was very good. It's a surprisingly quick read. Sec...more
When I was a kid, during Nickelodeon’s golden age, they used to always air these commercials for space camp. Like any reasonable 9-year-old, I desperately wanted to go. Alas, it was not meant to be. Cuz, you guys, after reading 172 Hours On The Moon by Johan Harstad translated by Tara F. Chace, I am convinced that space is sinister, so maybe not going to space camp is a blessing.

Read the rest of my review here
I don't know how to review this book. It blew my freakin' mind.
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1.5 stars

This review originally appeared at www.readinasinglesitting.com.

Oddly enough, the day I began reading 172 Hours on the Moon I also read that Neil Armstrong had agreed to give a rare interview, a coup wrangled by an accountant, of all people. The Armstrong interview was newsworthy in that he has been famously tight-lipped about his experience on the moon, helping to fuel conspiracy theories about whether we’ve been told the truth about the circumstances surrounding the moon landing–or wh...more

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...more
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...more
When a librarian on the YALSA listserv said this was too scary for them to read, I knew I immediately would have to read it... luckily I had an ARC from the publisher in my stash!

It's the year 2019, and the powers that be want to return to the moon, ostensibly to mine some rare mineral, but also to investigate something that happened during the Apollo 13 mission. Also, there's a base called DARLAH-2 that no one knows about, but the plan to distract people from this is to hold a lottery to select...more
Christine Liang
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...more
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)

Creepy, fun, and an addicting read. While I really liked this, and had fun with it, the ridiculousness of the premise and the plot holes make it impossible for me to rate it higher. It's a diverting and entertaining read, one that builds tension quite well as it progresses. I was creeped out several times, and thought the ending was a brilliant, bold stroke.
Diego Salvatore
*Después de morir de miedo*


Desde las primeras páginas este libro relata acerca de la Nasa y su deseo de hacer otro viaje espacial, así que hacen un sorteo para que tres adolescentes sean parte de esto, cuando los tres son escogidos dos chicas y un chico, lo que esperan sea una gran experiencia se convierte en una pesadilla.

Desde que comienza todo tiene escenas muy raras, al principio es algo lento, pero con leyendas japonesas, y cosas inexplicables te...more
I loved this book so much. It's rare for me to be reading books about space, but 172 Hours was so thrilling it made my hands shake... I also loved the photographs, which only enhanced the mood of desperation and isolation in the story. Throughout the book, the author makes you gradually lose all hope... things get bad quickly, and you think that they can only get better from there, but you're proven wrong. And there's a big twist at the end. I wish things could have turned out differen...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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