I would recommend this book for ages 14 and up.
Three teenagers are going on the trip of a lifetime. Only one is coming back. It’s been more than forty years since NASA sent the first men to the moon, and to grab some much-needed funding and attention, they decide to launch an historic international lottery in which three lucky teenagers can win a week-long trip to moon base DARLAH 2.
Right from the start, this books is extremely unrealistic. NASA sending three randomly selected teens to put on the moon for a set amount of days, is something that isn’t going to be happening. Luckily, I could easily ignore this while I was reading because it was labeled as a “Young adult science fiction horror.” That is not a genre that is going to be necessarily “realistic.” I have never read anything close to a horror book and was actually kind of disappointed in the horror aspect of this book. This book was never really scary to me, except for one part that was more grotesque than frightening.
I don’t think 172 hours was a book that was written to be memorable. The characters were flat and forgettable and the story itself dragged at times. This book was written to be suspenseful and exciting in the moment of reading it, and it succeeded in doing that. The first half of the book was pretty boring, but I was excited to keep reading because I knew that the ending was going to be great. Unfortunately, the end of the book was spoiled for me, but even with being spoiled I began to second guess the spoiler that I saw, because the book didn’t seem to be heading in that direction. I was extremely impressed that I could still be mildly shocked about how the book ended even after being spoiled for it.
Overall, this book was okay. It reminded me of the Doctor Who episode The Waters of Mars, which was cool. I would recommend this if you are looking for something easy to read that is enjoyable in the moment.
This book had very mild romance, and mild violence (except for one gruesome scene near the end.) I honestly can’t remember exactly how much swearing was in it, but it definitely didn’t have anymore than a medium amount.
3 out of 5 stars
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