172 Hours on the Moon – Johan Harstad

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When I heard about this book I knew I wanted to add it to my shelf. Rarely have I come across books that are set in Space or around the concept of space travel so it had my attention from the word go. As an astronomy enthusiast I had big expectations for this book so let’s delve into the pages of 172 Hours on the Moon.

The first part of the book was concentrated largely on the three teenagers heading to the moon, who they were, why they wanted to escape and how they prepared for their trip. It was interesting to get to know the characters as they all had different personalities and interests. However for me the most exciting part of the book was when the team were on the moon, yet there wasn’t as much action as there could have been and I feel Harstad missed out on a big opportunity in that particular part of the plot.

The first part of the book was generally slower as each new piece of information build the foundation for the trip whereas the plot twist on the moon was fast paced, easier to read yet had the feeling that it was rushed and lacked structure. Before I knew it the book had ended and I felt a little lost, slightly confused and still craving for more of the storyline, it didn’t have to end when it did as there was so much more potential.

An element of the book that disappointed me was the few inaccuracies to do with Space. I don’t want to mention much and spoil the book for anyone wanting to read it but with so much effort and research put into the book the small inaccuracies did aggravate me. The Apollo mission’s referrals, the use of radio signals and information surrounding space travel was interesting and I feel Harstad did a great job of setting the scene and developing a plot in an otherwise untouched setting of the Moon.

Harstad captured the overall creepy, eerie, baron land of the Moon and at times I began to regret reading this book by myself. I did really enjoy this book despite the few things I feel could have been improved upon and because of this I am giving this book a 3 out of 5 on goodreads. This decision is difficult because it is definitely close to being a 4 but I can’t see myself reading the book again or dwelling on the plot over the next few weeks. I do recommend it though if you are a fan of sci-fi, space or wanting to read something timely as the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission approaches.

Have a great reading week!


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