Tuesday, January 1, 2013

172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad

353 p. Little Brown & Company, April, 2012. 9780316182881. (Review from arc supplied by the publisher.)

The brains at NASA decide to mark the 50th anniversary of the moonwalk and reignite interest in the space program by sending a crew that includes three teenagers to spend 172 hours on the moon performing experiments in a previously unknown research facility that had been built in the 70s. 

The three teens were chosen through a lottery system that was internationally promoted. Two are willing participants, each seeking escape, but the third, Mia, was a reluctant participant. Her parents submitted her name. She was intent on refusing until she realized that the trip could be great publicity for her band. 

Told in the third person from multiple points of view, the reader learns early on that there is something up on the moon. Each of the teens also experience eerie premonitions as well. Readers willing to overlook giant plot holes will find this creepy tale tense and atmospheric. It would make a great movie. I also think the cover is phenomenal. Moody black and white photographs are sprinkled throughout the story and some recovered "notes" follow part 3, Afterward. These were difficult to read in the arc form and the author's note was marked tk. I'd be interested in reading it.

This import from Norway was the author's YA debut. Give to fans of Sci/Fi thrillers.

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