Book Review – 172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad

Author – Hazel



It was supposed to be the adventure of a lifetime. Mia, Antoine and Midori had different reasons to enter NASA’S competition for a seat on the first shuttle to go to the moon in over forty years.

But while they all wanted to escape Earth, they never realised there might not be a chance to come home…

172 Hours on the Moon is a Science-Fiction/Mystery/Horror story set only a few years in the future. NASA announce a competition where three teenagers can win a once in a lifetime trip, to go to the moon. Mia from Norway, Midori from Japan and Antoine from France, are the lucky three. They travel with their families to the U.S. to train for three months for the trip. The journey and landing on the moon goes ahead smoothly, but what happens when they enter DARLAH 2 is when the story really kicks off!

The writing had an eerie quality, perfect for the atmosphere the author intended. There were a few chilling moments, a few jumpy moments and I did actually feel spooked out reading this story. The book read like a horror movie, exactly how it played out in my head.

‘In space, no one can hear you scream.’

The characters didn’t have a huge amount of depth, but the three competition winners did have a detailed back story. I enjoyed the chapters from the old man with dementia, whilst reading I wondered what clues his story held and how they would help me de-code the mystery.

There is a huge plot twist at the end which makes the ending really scary and creepy, no happy ending here! I was completely sucked in by the story, I needed to know what was going to happen next, what was around the corner so to speak, it was completely gripping.

I would definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy a good mystery, and who don’t mind being spooked out a little along the way.




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