Friday, 15 June 2012

172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad

Title: 172 Hours on the Moon                                                                                
Author: Johan Harstad
Publisher: Atom
Published: April 2012
ISBN: 978 1907 411519

Rating: 4.5/5

The cover doesn’t really tell you a lot about the book – not until you’ve read it anyway!

From the outset there is a hidden agenda, which readers are aware of, but only in part.  A competition is run to attract some teens to have a seat on the first shuttle to go to the moon in over forty years.

I enjoyed getting to know the hopes and dreams of the teenagers who won the lottery.  The suspense in the book is palpable and builds as soon as Himmelfarb and part of his story comes to light.

Once the team is on the moon it is clear that they aren’t all on the same level of understanding, and that the teens have been kept in the dark of the true purpose they are there.

The end was a bit surprising – BAM!  Out of nowhere you have to re-evaluate what could have been!  (Can’t say more than that, otherwise it will ruin the plot for those who haven’t read it!)

Book 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.

Source – Many thanks to Atom, a copy was received in return for an honest review.

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