Title: 172 Hours on the Moon
Author: Johan Harstad
Published: April 2012
ISBN: 978 1907 411519
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!)
Source – Many thanks to Atom, a copy was received in return for an honest review.