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. (Synopsis taken from Goodreads)
So, I’ve read horror before. But the horror I read is mostly supernatural horror, you know…ghosts, werewolves, weird swamp creatures, stuff like that. I’ve never actually read sci-fi horror, but I found out about this book, it came recommended, so I thought…why not?
Holy ****! This book was terrifying in a way I hadn’t suspected. It’s not the straight-on bloody scariness of a horror movie, this book gets into your mind and leaves you super unsettled. I can handle bloody horror. This? Maybe not so much.
The basic plot is that there is a world-wide lottery to send three teenagers to the moon. NASA makes it seem like a fun sort of publicity thing to make kids get excited about space again, but really they’re going to check out DARLAH 2…and that is really not something anyone wants to do.
Once they get on the moon, things start…happening. People are getting killed by things that can only be described as doppelgängers, which are the reason NASA stopped sending people to the moon in the 70s.
And the book had a horrifying ending that was left open…which might be what makes it so scary.
So, for my first sci-fi horror book, this was quite good. It was a bit short, yes, but it made up for it. My one problem is that it felt a bit rushed, and you never really got the feeling for a character before they were killed off. If it was just a bit slower, it would have been that much better.