172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad

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26 Critic Reviews

I found a lot of originality in the plot, but I don’t think a lot of parts of this book were well thought out.
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Synopsis

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.
 

About Johan Harstad

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Johan Harstad won the 2008 Norwegian Brage Award in the young adult/children's literature category for172 Hours on the Moon. He has also written several novels for adults, including Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All the Confusion?, a Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction of 2011 book, which has been published in thirteen countries; four plays; a collection of short stories; and a prose collection. He has been described as "one of the most important [Scandinavian] authors to emerge in the early years of this century." He lives in Oslo, Norway.
 
Published April 17, 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 371 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction
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Critic reviews for 172 Hours on the Moon
All: 26 | Positive: 14 | Negative: 12

Kirkus

Excellent
Feb 05 2012

the fiction features some well-crafted suspense, and even a touch of romance. A nifty surprise ending will get readers’ attention. Interesting and original.

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Cleveland.com

Below average
Reviewed by Rollie Welch on May 18 2012

this novel has plenty of logic-defying scenes... I can hear teen readers scoffing, "yeah, right."

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The National

Excellent
Reviewed by Noorie Passela on Mar 09 2012

Laced with enough tension to keep young readers hooked, the plot development is near flawless

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Book Geeks

Below average
Reviewed by Stephen Joyce on May 28 2012

Adult readers may find its writing too spare and its characterisation rather flat

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Youth Services Book Review

Below average
Apr 25 2012

I felt that the beginning of the story was long and drawn out. The characters didn’t even get to the moon until 2/3 of the way through the book

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The Book Smugglers

Below average
Reviewed by Thea on Apr 17 2012

there are some significant downsides... the buildup is abrupt and ultimately dissatisfying because things are escalated so quickly.

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Leeswammes' Blog

Good
Reviewed by Leeswammes on May 06 2012

There were a lot of pictures, too. They were all photographs of situations in the book and maps of the space station. I really liked this, as it made the book more realistic. A scary story that you won’t want to put down!

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365 Days of Reading

Good
Reviewed by Lauren on Apr 18 2012

puts you in a constant state of worry, just waiting for something awful to happen. And when it does, adrenaline shoots through your veins. Johan Harstad knows his way around a thriller

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Hippies, Beauty, and Books Oh My!

Below average
Reviewed by Amanda on Apr 13 2012

I found it difficult to connect with any of the characters because there was very little development...The plot was also slow and not much happened for more than half of the book.

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YA Librarian Tales

Below average
Apr 23 2012

This book is a translation and sometimes it read like one. There were certain phrases throughout the book that just felt oddly clunky in the story... the characters... are not all that interesting or even all that fleshed out. They were rather flat and the movement in the story came from external conflicts and problems.

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Stacked

Good
Reviewed by Kelly Jensen on Apr 12 2012

a plot-driven, sci-fi thriller that I loved every second of

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Opinionless

Good
Reviewed by Aaron on Apr 22 2012

172 Hours on the Moon is a great thrill ride... it will keep you turning the pages, in a desperate attempt to keep up with action and to see how the story that has unfolded ultimately gets resolved.

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I Swim for Oceans

Good
Reviewed by Melissa on Mar 22 2012

There was something so eerily fantastic about the plot of the book that kept me riveted.

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LibrisNotes

Below average
Jun 13 2012

This novels suffers from a somewhat unbalanced structure with 145 pages devoted to the time before the moon expedition in which background is prevented but not much character development occurs.

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FireStarBooks

Good
Reviewed by Fire Star Books on Jul 19 2012

As the story "leak" out more secrets, the more you want to see how the book end. It became a book that was hard to put down! Nice to include pictures.

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Jess Hearts Books

Good
Reviewed by Jess on May 12 2012

172 Hours on the Moon is very different to anything else I’ve ever read before and despite the overflowing genre of dystopians it still brings something fresh and unique to the table.

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Lavender Lines

Below average
Apr 24 2012

I really, really didn’t get the point of some of these secondary characters. For me they didn’t add a thing to the main story.

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Resugo's Bookish Paradise

Below average
Jun 07 2012

I never felt attached to the characters and there didn't seem to be much to them and they weren't really developed. Since there wasn't much going on, it was a little slow. And boring.

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Starry Sky Books Blog

Below average
Reviewed by Chelsey on May 02 2012

For the most part, the book seemed choppy... And even though we're given information about the characters, I still didn't connect for some reason. I didn't feel for them.

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Thirst for Fiction

Below average
Reviewed by Rhys on Apr 27 2012

Harstad faces us with such a great idea- and then the whole thing comes apart when it comes to the actual technicalities of writing.

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Beneath Shining Stars Blog

Above average
Reviewed by Kristin on Apr 12 2012

Admittedly there were a few things that--to me--seemed a little far fetched but if you can get past that, it's definitely an interesting read--one that did indeed creep me out.

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What Sarah Reads Blog

Good
Reviewed by Sarah on Mar 10 2012

172 Hours hurtles towards its conclusion with a fantastic twist that keeps you guessing.

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Into the Morning Blog

Good
Reviewed by Jenny on May 14 2012

Not only is 172 Hours on the Moon a fast-paced, thriller but it is also rich with character & some pretty creepy history too.

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Lostinbelieving's Blog

Below average
Reviewed by Alison on May 01 2012

I found a lot of originality in the plot, but I don’t think a lot of parts of this book were well thought out.

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Esther's Ever After Blog

Good
Reviewed by Brenna on Apr 19 2012

I can't accurately convey my love for this book in one little review, but I'll say that I think this is going to be one of the most underrated books of the year. ...I can easily say this is one of my new favourite books, and one of the best of 2012.

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My Best Friends Are Books Blog

Good
Apr 02 2012

Johan ends the story with a punch to your guts and leaves you catching your breath, marveling at the story you’ve just read.

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Lectus cn 15 Aug 2013

Norwegian novelist John Harstad creates a frightening trip to %u201Cexplore%u201D moon that includes three teenagers randomly chosen through a lottery.

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fran coleman 5 Sep 2013

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