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172 Hours on the Moon

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  11,927 ratings  ·  2,785 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. ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 5th 2012 by Atom (first published September 15th 2008)
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies

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
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
May 16, 2012 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
Mar 09, 2013 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.
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
Caz (littlebookowl)
Mar 06, 2014 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
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
Dnf on page 30

Yikes that was fast. I was already pretty cautious going into this after some of the reviews I have heard, so it didn’t take much to make this a no. Either the writing is pretty bad, or the translation is. Whichever it is, it only took a few pages to be totally fed up with the characters and the general style. As soon as a teenager in a book says something snarky in school and her class cheers for her, that’s pretty much an automatic eye roll and quit for me.
Sep 13, 2012 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!)
"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 talkin
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
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2021 edit: 2016 me didn’t think to tag spoilers so please know there are spoilers!!!!

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 fanta
Aug 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
That was a strange ending. The first part of the book was slow but by halfway you realize this book is not sci-fi and has quickly turned into a horror book. Not a bad read at all! I took it off my bookshelf to read for the total solar eclipse today and am glad I finally got around to reading it. I don't mind multiple POVs and the story was fascinating. The story really had a lot of elements to it when you break it down. There was culture, conspiracy, urban legend, romance, comradery, and most im ...more

OOF That rating hurts since I really thought this would be a 5 star/favorite book of the year...

Yeah this book was a great premise but poorly executed. It was honestly kinda just a YA rip off of “The Thing”? Also it took too long for us to get to the actual moon, but also in that time didn’t develop ANY characters or relationships so I didn’t care about ANY of them or believe any romance at all. This also wasn’t spooky... at all... sooooo

Disappointed. That’s all.
May 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
"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 an
Melissa Chung
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
OMG what a crazy ass book. Okay this is a horror book. A perfect horror book. Slow build, you meet the characters, you start to get to know them, to like them and then something weird and creepy happens. The characters brush it off like they so often do. Maybe with a light chuckle, a roll of the eye, an inner pep talk that what they are thinking is ludicrous, impossible. Then the next phase in the horror happens. No one to turn to. No way out. Alone, Alone, Alone. Or are they. Who's left? Second ...more
Feb 16, 2015 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. ...more
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actually 3 3/4 stars , this book is a fast read , that is the good thing about it and it is also the bad thing about it. The premise is great, 3 teenagers win a raffle to go to the moon, this is seen as attention grabbing move by NASA , but it is so much more than that, there is a reason why we haven't gone back to the moon, a dark reason that NASA has tried to hide , it is up to the three teenagers to try to save themselves, will they come back to earth safely? Or will they unless an evil that ...more
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ylenia by: Booktube
*3.5 stars*
Brigid ✩
"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
Aug 14, 2014 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
Rebecca (whymermaids)
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book, I really did. I’d heard such raving reviews from some of my friends about it, and I was intrigued by the idea of a thriller set on the moon. What could the premise possibly be? Aliens? Astronauts gone rogue? I was excited to find out.

And then I started reading it.

The premise of 172 Hours on the Moon boils down to: there’s something dangerous and weird happening on the moon, and NASA has kept silent about it for fifty years, but now it’s back and they need to fix it.
Nov 17, 2012 rated it it was ok

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 was truly and madly 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 succeed in life .) The premise is great which is what made me pick up the book in the
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
Malak Ibrahim
Feb 02, 2016 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
Sarah Churchill
Aug 22, 2013 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 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All I can say is, "What. The. Hell." ...more
"In space no one can hear you scream."
Holy shit this book was creepy as fuck. In a good way. I have been wanting to read this book for quite some time now because I have read in countless goodreads reviews that this book is surprising and creepy and amazing and literally is all of those things! I finally decided to read it because I had just read The Martian earlier this month, and I am in the mood to read more outer-space related stories. This is obviously an insanely different story than The M
Feb 05, 2012 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
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
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Johan Harstad is a 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 You In All The ...more

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