When I was a kid, during Nickelodeon’s golden age, they used to always air these commercials for space camp. Like any reasonable 9-year-old, I desperately wanted to go. Alas, it was not meant to be. Cuz, you guys, after reading 172 Hours On The Moon by Johan Harstad translated by Tara F. Chace, I am convinced that space is sinister, so maybe not going to space camp is a blessing.
Okay, so like in the beginning of 172 Hours On The Moon, NASA has 0 dollars and 0 views during their space launches. Then they are like, hmmmm, how do we get more monies? OH! Let’s hold a massive lottery for an all expenses paid trip to THE MOON HOLLA! The catch? Only teens can enter. The three winners consisting of Mia- Norwegian, Midori-Japanese, and Antoine – French, have different reasons for accepting the ‘prize’: notoriety, a bad break up, and an escape from tradition.
172 Hours On The Moon by Johan Harstad starts off sort of slow, but it’s like that super slow build up to the massive crescendo, where by the time it happens, you are like whoa, that was intense bro. I mean, it took me awhile to warm up to and really get into 172 Hours On The Moon. But, like the whole time you get the sense that something isn’t quite right and there are CHILLS and GOOSEBUMPS, yo. Plus, it feels like it takes FOREVA to get to the moon.
BUT ONCE THERE OMG I CANNOT. Dudes, the moon is like SO scary. There are legit bad, bad things there. This is when shit gets real. And let me tell you, it is awesome. I was all wait, what? after certain scenes and also really nervous. I wish that there had been a little less build up and a little more moon, since the moon bits were awesome, but not quite enough for me to get over the slow start.
In all, I would definitely recommend 172 Hours by Johan Harstad translated by Tara F. Chace to people who just want a thrill set against the back drop of the moon. Seriously, I will NEVER look at space the same way again. Actually, scratch that. After Independence Day, I was scared of aliens, like phobia scared, and now – well, moon, I’ve got my eye on you.
Disclosure: Received for review via Netgalley.