Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Book Review: 172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad

'Member when you were a kid and everyone said how they wanted to go to space and be an astronaut? No. Just no. After reading this book, I simply want to never, ever leave my room and pretend that that didn't just happen.

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. Antoine, from France, just wants to get as far away from his ex-girlfriend as possible.
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.

Now, don't get me wrong. This book was fantastic. But it was just so, so creepy and scary. The scenarios that the author created were so realistic and unexpected. The beginning of the book was very timid and fun, to the end which was down-right nightmarish. (Okay, maybe not to most people but I'm a wimp.) If this book hadn't been as light in the beginning, I doubt the end would have been as chilling.

I feel like this is a "You love or you hate it" kind of books. If you go onto Goodreads, you will see mostly negative or neutral ratings, but I thought that it deserved much higher for what it sparked within me.

The characters and the story line were so well-crafted that I really can say no more about this book. It was creepy, it was fantastic, and it will stay with me for a long time.

(That ending blew me away. I'm just so confused!)

Rating: 5 out of 5 creepy stars

Over and out,

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