Guest Book Review: 172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad

Synopsis – 3 teens have won the trip of a life time: Spending 172 Hours on the Moon. Which no one has ever stepped on in decades. Its an opportunity of a life time but little do these teens know that theere is something else on the moon, something evil and something that doesn’t want them there.

Author – Johan Harstad is a 31-year-old Norwegian author, graphic designer, playwright, drummer, and international sensation. He is the winner of the 2008 Brage Award (Brageprisen), previously won by Per Petterson, and his books have been published in over 11 countries. In 2009, he was named the first ever in-house playwright at the National Theatre in Oslo. His first novel Buzz Aldrin, What Happened To You In All The Confusion, originally published in Norway by Gyldendal in 2005, was made into a TV series in 2009 starring The Wire’s Chad Coleman. Harstad lives in Oslo and is working on his next novel.

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Cover – the cover is kind of creepy. A giant eye with the moon inside of it. It made me shudder when I looked at it, and it also made me pick it up and read the back of the book.

Pacing – This book was all over the place. I felt that there never was a true plot. That the reason they sent the three teens to the moon was pretty lame. The first half of the book wasn’t bad and moved at a good pace but then the second half of the book felt rushed and confusing. Never really explaining things.

Plot – Upon reading the back of the book, the plot sounded amazing. Three teens going to live on the moon for a week, but when they get there they discover something evil. Something that doesn’t want them there. I was prepared for nightmares and little sleep while reading this but all I did was laugh when it was over. The plot was such a let down, and equally as lame. The “evil” presence on the moon turned out to be something really dumb and made me question everything. If they knew about this evilness, why would the send Teens to live on the moon? The plot did not flow. It went from one point to the next with nothing to explain about those points in the middle.

Character – It is really hard to pick just one Character since the book was all over the place with Characters and switching them. Each Chapters was someone different. I can’t really fill this out since you don’t really get to know any of them personally.

Character Development – No one developes in this book. You don’t get to focus on just one character. No one stands out, no one changes.

The Verdict – I won’t be reading this book again. Infact, I plan on selling it at a Yard sale. I was really disappointed with this book. I had high hopes and was completely let down. I don’t even want to hand it over to my friends.


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Author: JaimeKristal

JaimeKristal is a freelance editor and writer. She started her book review blog "Tales of a Booklover" for the enjoyment of sharing her love of reading.

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