Friday, 21 March 2014

Kendal's Column: 172 Hours On The Moon- John Harstad

Many would give anything to go to the moon- but would you give your life?

172 Hours on the MoonIt's been decades since aone 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.
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.

Rating: Wednesday
I originally picked this book up just after I started my GCSE Astronomy course because i figured i'd learn some cool spacey stuff-no. That didn't happen.
This book is not cooly-cool spacey-wacey. this is OMG-I-AM-TERRIFIED-OF-THE-NIGHT-BC-OH-MY-GOD-HOLD-ME.
My opinions on this book are split between this being good and bad so i'm just going to lay all of the metaphorical cards of thoughts down on the metaphorical table.

The author of this book is Norwegian and was actually originally written in Norwegian which explains some of the dodgy writing in some places ('and that was the moment i fell in love with her' is a sentence that i just can't deal with in any book).
Let me take you through a quick overview of the characters:
Midori- Japanese fashionista hipster teen who spend her life in malls and dreams of moving to new York except she doesn't know how to get there, so naturally, she chooses to sign up to go to the moon as a way to get her to the big apple. she has no interest in the actual moon
Mia- Norwegian sarcasm-filled band girl. who spends her time generally not liking what any adult tells her to do so naturally, when her parents sign her up to go to the moon she gets just the tiniest little bit mad. She then decides going to the moon would actually be a plus for the band so she's game.
Antoine- French and newly (well, it was 6 months ago) single and still staring at his ex using binoculars on the balcony of the Eiffel tower-i'm serious, this is how Antoine spends his free time. Well, that and signing up to go to the moon to get as far away from his ex as possible .Naturally, he has no interest in actually going to the moon.

Despite, honestly, dislikable character and weird writing i actually really enjoyed the book; the plot had me guessing and I couldn't put it down and THE ENDING. OH THE ENDING HAS BE EFFED UP SO BAD I CAN'T ACTUALLY LOOK AT THE MOON.
The ONLY thing that annoys me about the timeline of events in this book is that there is a HUGE chunk of time that is just missed out. This time could have adequately provided character development and some fabulous spacey-wacey facts.

Overall, i would recommend this book however i would warn any future readers that this book will both terrify and fascinate you.

Happy Friday!

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