The Terror by Dan Simmons
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I’ve had this book on my shelf for years and I hate to say that I only pushed it forward once I saw that there was an AMC series based around it. Still, this is considered a modern classic, and I can’t argue with that – it’s one of the best things I’ve read in recent memory.
At its core, this is a story steeped in the real-world expeditions of the HMS Terror and HMS Erebus. This fictionalized account adds a bit of supernatural and weird flair to the story, balancing out more than I ever thought I’d want to know about 1800s shipbuilding with a survival/mystery tale, and the result is extremely compelling, with enough twists and turns and despair to make the 900-odd pages fly by.
I have nothing negative to say about this at all. It was a book that scratched a few itches while also introducing me to some new ideas and, frankly, a genre I would not have otherwise pursued. Honestly, just give yourself some time to read it and immerse yourself in the whole thing. Just a wonderful experience.
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