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--a place that no one but top government officials even knew existed until now. The three winners, Antoine, Midori, and Mia, come from all over the world, and they have only one thing in common: they aren't especially interested in space travel.
But just before the scheduled launch, the teenagers each experience strange, inexplicable events, one of which contains a direct warning not to travel to the moon. Little do they know that there was a reason NASA never sent anyone back there until now--a sinister reason. But the countdown has already begun, and as soon as they set foot on the moon... everything goes wrong.
Strap yourself in for this chilling adventure from a young Norwegian author on the rise. You'll want to keep your lights on long after you've heard the last chapter.
"Harstad's style fits the young adult novel like a hand in a glove... He creates tension that causes even the adult readers to shiver... This is what makes for good reading, no matter how old you are."
—Dagens Næringsliv (leading Norwegian newspaper)
"Johan Harstad's most recent novel brings a new generation with him on the exceedingly scary travel into the big unknown."
—Dagsavisen (daily newspaper in Oslo, Norway)
Johan Harstad won the 2008 Norwegian Brage Award in the young adult/children's literature category for 172 Hours on the Moon. He has also written several novels for adults, including Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All the Confusion?, a Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction of 2011 book, which has been published in thirteen countries; four plays; a collection of short stories; and a prose collection. He has been described as "one of the most important [Scandinavian] authors to emerge in the early years of this century." He lives in Oslo, Norway.