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Heartless Lyn @ Great Imaginations

"All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost"

172 Hours on the Moon - Johan Harstad I wanted to love this novel with all of my heart. It was an awesome-sounding book: a Norwegian author writing a story with a setting on the moon! Everything was aligned, the mood was set, and love at first sight threatened to fill my heart and make me blow up with rainbows! Sadly, it fell apart early on in the book, and by the end, I was thrilled to just be done with this novel. So many people were rabidly in lust with 172 Hours on the Moon, and I wished I had been one of those many, many people.The first issue with the book was the lack of any remotely likeable characters. The two female leads never stirred my interest, the male protagonist was bland, and the rest of the cast never made any type of connection for me. It seemed that, in this novel, the world is filled with bratty, selfish people who can’t see past their own nose to care about any of the surrounding people. The emotions were thoroughly scrubbed away from the whole storyline. The insta-love, and I do mean INSTANT, was a joke as well. I think the “romance” in the book was the final nail in the coffin for the entire thing. No, just no. It wasn’t even remotely plausible. The storyline made no sense. The threads never came together. Nothing was ever explained, and the “AH HA!” moment never happened. In fact, I felt that the author just stopped writing when the end of the book hit, leaving me feeling like I was kicked to the curb unceremoniously. The shocking ending could be seen from a mile away, but I suppose if you watched the animated Justice League, you knew from the start what was going to happen. Last, it ruffled me how nothing was ever properly explained. I am going to chalk this up to translation. I honestly believe something was missing from converting the book from Norwegian to English. Even to the end, the characters would vaguely explain what was happening, the other characters reacted as if everything was perfectly clear, and I was left blinking at the screen thinking “What the hell….how do they KNOW what is going on?!” I would have liked some scientific or half-assed attempt to EXPLAIN the enemies in the book, instead of reading a hundred times “This is what is sorta happening, now panic and run for your lives!” The disappointment was high with this book, and I feel somewhat cheated by this novel. It wasn’t a terrible book, but I was expecting so much more from this fan-girl converting novel.