172 HOURS ON THE MOON
Harstad combines the perfectly paced creepiness of classic Twilight Zone episodes with Battlestar Galactica’s chilling portrayal of the vast, unknowable emptiness of space. Sympathetic characters and multiple points of view keep readers engaged, but the absolute necessity of finding out what happens will keep you turning pages late into the night.
NASA has a novel idea to get the public interested in space travel again: send teenagers to the moon. Mia from Norway, Midori from Japan and Antoine from France win the lottery for the coveted spots. But things start to go wrong almost as soon as they land — power sources fail, crew members suffer mysterious mishaps, equipment breaks without explanation — and soon they must confront the reality that a sinister presence is already there. (LITTLE, BROWN, Apr., 368 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780316182881, HC., 12 & Up)