Disclaimer: I listened to this book on CDs on my way to work. I count this, though purists may disagree. I’m certain this book is as good in written form.The Terror
by Hugo Award winner Dan Simmons is a historical/horror novel about the Franklin Expedition
to find the Northwest Passage to the Pacific. Just to get this out of the way: basically everyone dies. This is not a spoiler; it’s historical fact, and it’s good to know this going into the story, as it keeps things in perspective. The Erebus
and The Terror
left port in 1845, and never made it back.
It’s not like this book is about the plot anyway. The plot is pretty simple: these dudes are gonna die; let’s watch. They’re trapped in pack ice for two years. Their coal is dwindling. Their food is running out because they didn’t question why
their supplier’s low bid was half of everyone else’s (duh, guys, duh).
Oh, and they’re being stalked by a horrific monster that lives on the ice and drags them to their deaths one at a time. That’s where the horror in this historical/horror novel comes in.( Cut for length )