It’s been a long time since I read a book that was so suspenseful, so utterly terrifying, that I didn’t want to turn out the light when I put the book down. 172 HOURS ON THE MOON by Johan Harstad had that complete creep-out effect. It’s a true horror novel, part mystery, and with a definite element of sci fi — but at its heart it’s horror.
Based on the premise that several years from now NASA is trying to reinvigorate its program by sending teenagers along with regular astronauts on a moon mission, 172 HOURS ON THE MOON is told from several points of view, primarily those of the three teenagers chosen to go on the mission: Midori from Japan, Mia from Norway, and Antoine from France. Each of these kids signed up for the moon lottery for different reasons, but when it comes down to the mission, they’ve signed up for way more than they expected.~ read more ~