172 Hours: Reviews from Megan, Isha and Zac

172 Hours: Reviews from Megan, Isha and Zac

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Atomic: Megan

Age: 16

In space, no one can hear you scream…

It’s been years since a person set foot on the moon.  The world knows that.  What they don’t know is that a secret research facility was built up there, and has been there for years.  No one has ever set foot in there.  There’s a reason for that, one that is highly, highly classified.

NASA is holding a worldwide lottery!  Three lucky teens have the chance to go to the moon!  The adventure of a lifetime, right?  The three winners, Mia, Midori and Antoine, may have been trying to escape something on Earth, but… they never thought they may not be coming back.  They never thought something was already up there, waiting…

Normally, I’m not big with sci-fi books.  But from the moment I read the blurb of this, I was desperate to have it.  And when I was reading, I was honestly scared and I completely fell in love with all of the characters.  172 Hours on the Moon just completely surpassed all my expectations.  It was brilliant and unputdownable.

Mia Nomeland, from Norway, was amazing and I loved her right away:  she was wonderfully snarky, strong and just overall hilarious!  She was a great leader, a genius in tough situations. Antoine Devereux, sixteen, from Paris, was really sweet, funny, logical and too cute!  Midori Yoshida, from Japan, was someone I loved from the beginning.  She was strong, cheeky, bonkers and sweet, and told the scariest stories!  I loved the relationship between the three of them: it was fun, friendly and real.  I completely believed that they were actual friends, even though they were so different.

But then there was it.  The moon blur.  I don’t want to give anything away, but let’s just say everyone was right to be terrified.  And when you read the book: keep your eyes open for the clues – I missed the first two.  I want to see how you all do!

I must admit, I wasn’t thinking I’d love this book and read it in a blur, but I was literally on the edge of my seat all the way through.  I was actually terrified, never sure which way the plot would go, and I was really scared for my characters.

Of course, I can’t judge the book based on its original Norwegian, but in English the writing was absolutely amazing.  Even though it was all third person (not my favourite style), it really, really worked and I felt like I got to know everyone.  The writing was so addictive, full of suspense and description: I just loved it all!  And I loved learning more about the moon and space.  Freaky moon blur not included, of course!

Three strong, relatable lead characters, a bunch of equally believable crew members and a moon with something unknown lurking on it…  172 Hours on the Moon was so utterly addictive, a scary, thrilling story that had me completely hooked from start to finish.  One of my favourite sci-fi books ever!

Star Rating:
4½ Out of 5

Atomic: Isha

Age: 15

Words cannot describe how much I love 172 Hours On The Moon, it's absolutely brilliant, I fell in love with this book after just one day. I don't normally read sci-fi but this is one exception. The way the book is written is fantastic.

Johan Harstard has a way with words that make you want to read more. At times this book could be more creepier than Stephen King's Salem's Lot and that is saying something. Anybody can read this book; it has a bit of everything: sci-fi, mystery,a little bit of romance and is generally one thriller of a book. This book is sure to enthrall anyone who reads it. The ending is unexpected, shocking and ends on a cliffhanger.

The characters are all from different backgrounds, all have their own problems and bring something special to the book. They aren't your regular characters but then again this isn't your regular book! Hand on heart, I can safely say that this is one book you don't want to miss out on; I know that this will be a huge phenomenon world wide.


Atomic: Zac

Age: 16

If you had the chance, would you go to the Moon? It's a once in a lifetime opportunity, right? Not a one-way journey… or is it?

Even in the first few pages Harstad has you wondering "What the hell is up there?"

All the secrets mean you're never really sure what's the truth and what they're keeping from us, and just when the pieces fall into place Harstad drops another bombshell leaving you looking for conspiracies on every page. I'll admit it was little hard for me to get into as this isn't the kind of title I'd usually go for, but soon enough I couldn't put it down and looking back it's amazing to see how all of the different little hints at what's to come, merge together by the end.

And the end is just mind-blowing.

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