Saturday, 7 July 2012
172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad
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.
My Rating : 4 of 5 stars
My Thoughts : 172 Hours on The Moon is one of the brilliant science fiction I have read in months and how brilliantly the whole theory of moon landing has been executed. Also in the novel we encounter with some grievous mystery that causes goose bumps on spine. I have read many article on moon landing conspiracy theory, missing tapes from Apollo 11 and oxygen tank explosion incident of Apollo 13, and I’m really please the use of facts mixed with author own fantasy in is this enthralling novel.
“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.”
Sounds promising, isn’t it? The book stated with NASA has decided to send astronauts to moon after decades and this time they have selected three teenagers via lottery to send with few experienced astronauts.
Mia, from Norway, Midori, from Japan and Antoine, from France. This could be a lifetime opportunity for all three of them only if they can make it back alive. Something is wrong in Moon, a deadly secret no one knows exactly, not even NASA and this time their motive is to find out what it is. NASA has brilliantly covered the truth behind last man landing on moon or what they have experienced there but some secrets are meant to be buried, even it costs lives of many.
The book was told from many viewpoints. We get to know the story from perspective of three teen protagonist and many others, also its bit confusing sometimes. But the story built up was beautiful, especially from the moment they landed on moon. The landscape of space and moon was described very well.
The plot is very exceptional and unique. An excellent combination of scientific and supernatural phenomenon. The first half was little slow, all about the lottery and preparation of their voyage to the moon, their reactions and feelings for the whole thing. The story took unexpected turn of events the moment they landed on moon and suspense was started hitting up. The ending was absolutely surprising although mysteries were solved but theories that were applied remained unclear, in my opinion. I loved how much the author worked on details about moon landing, and those who don’t know much about moon landing will have no problem on going through the novel.
172 hours was a breathtaking and chilling read for me, and I enjoyed the book whole heartedly.
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