Review: ‘172 Hours on the Moon’ by Johan Harstad

I received this book for free from requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘172 Hours on the Moon’ by Johan Harstad172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on April 17th, 2012
Genres: Action & Adventure, Mystery, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 355
Format: ARC
Source: requested from publisher
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.

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The government holds a lottery for all teenagers worldwide to be be able to go to the moon. There’s a special mission they have to do and we as as the reader are left in the dark. Mia, Midori and Antoine are the chosen teenagers and together they train and memorize and help each other prepare as they are sent off to the moon. What they encounter once there isn’t so pleasant and together they realize they’re not alone.

queue sinister music in here

The premise of this book starts off really well. We have a slight introduction to all the teens and their lives before their training gets under way. Now I would have loved if the book was set with just the teenagers’ point of views because the ones with the secondary characters didn’t add anything but confusion. To me anyway. I disliked what the occurrences actually were just because it made no sense! There was very little description or explanation and I couldn’t believe that it was happening to these people. The end was a good one though. I enjoyed that part. But after reading it I couldn’t help but wonder where it went wrong. I guess I was expecting some major reason behind it all but it wasn’t what I expected.

I enjoyed the chapter titles because it foreshadowed what was about to happen so it was fun guessing what was about to happen. The photos added a nice touch too. And that about creepy! Make sure to pick up this book soon! Oh, and don’t read at night if you scare easily..Don’t say I didn’t warn you!


The feeling that there was no hope. And that all the goodness in the world couldn’t save him from the evil standing right next to him. (246)





  1. Jaime Lynn

    June 27, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    So, is it SCARY scary? Anyway, this is a book that I have heard very little about. What I have heard is basically all the same. Creepiness, and something strange happening and confusing. I don’t know if it is something that I will read, but maybe one day. It is just so different from the norm. Maybe that is the reason that I should read it!
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    • Giselle

      June 28, 2014 at 12:19 AM

      It’s not scary scary at all..It makes you think and it’s creepy. I’m still confused as to what happened. Maybe a re-read is in order.

  2. Jarica

    May 1, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    I have been wanting to read this book for a while! Glad to see that you like it 🙂

  3. fatma shahin

    September 28, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    everyone said that this was such a mind blowing book! Cannot wait to read it! Sounds so creepy and I actually love the cover:P

  4. fatma shahin

    August 21, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    I’ve heard so many good things about this book! I’ve also heard that the ending was MIND BLOWING so i am so sure i will buy it now 😀

  5. Lisa Richards

    March 17, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Can’t believe I’ve missed hearing about this one..Yeap, definitely going on the wishlist.

  6. Isa

    October 23, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    The sounds like a great read for Halloween, creepy and suspenseful. The synopsis of the book definitely intrigued me and I’m glad you enjoyed the ending. It sounds like it makes up for the confusion. Hopefully I’ll be reading this soon!

  7. Grace Lo

    September 22, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    I’ve been wanting to read 172 Hours on the Moon for a while, but other books kept getting in the way. Half the time I was thinking “Is the creepiness a way to lead readers up to the books, or is it really genuinely scary?” Now I look at your review and the videos posted below and LITERALLY feel the shivers run up my arm. Antoine’s video terrified me the most. Who was that in the background? I need to read this ASAP!

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