Name & Author: 172 Hours on the Moon (172 timer på månen) – Johan Harstad
Publisher: Cappelen Damm (Norway), Atom (UK) & Little Brown (US)
Release Date: September 2008 (Norway) & April 2012 (UK & US)
Paperback, 351 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Horror, Thriller & Science Fiction
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.
The book starts in a NASA meeting in 2010 and then jumps to 2019 when the lottery and the moon journey takes place. As you can see this book doesn’t take place in distant future like most sci-fi books do, witch in my opinion is a good change from the ‘normal’ sci-fi plot layout.
There are three teenagers that win a trip of a lifetime to the moon. They are Mia Nomeland, 16, Stravanger, Norway. Midori Yoshida, 16, Yokohama, Japan. And Antoin Deveroux, 17, Paris, France
Mia: Her parents signed her up for the lottery so she wouldn’t regret it later. At first she doesn’t want to go, but changes her mind when she finds out that this can make her band famouse.
Midori: She signed up herself in hope that she would win so she could escape her life in Japan to live a life of her own choice in New York.
Antoin: He signed up himself as an escape from Paris and his ex-girlfriend.
In the book NASA hosts the lottery for publication and to get funding to go back to the moon after they stopped in 1972. When they are on the moon few suggestions why NASA stopped all moon journeys appear.
NASA is also hiding a lot of information from the public and also from they astronauts and the teenagers.
Harstad based some things in the book on real events.
I like Harstads idea of a horror story in space because there is no help after you leave earth and it teaches the teenagers to rely on them selves.
Even though I liked the idea behind the plot, I didn’t like some things in the book. Some things in the plot don’t add up and there is a lot of information missing, leaving big holes in the plot.
I also didn’t really like Harstads way of building the story, there is a lot of information before they go to the moon, but once they are there the plot rushes a lot and it just confused me a little.
I did like his way of building up the terror in the book; I was scared when I finished it!
I feel like the book could have been so much more if there where little more detales.