The Terror - Dan Simmons

The Terror

By Dan Simmons

  • Release Date: 2007-03-08
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 463 Ratings


The "masterfully chilling" novel that inspired the hit AMC series (Entertainment Weekly). 

The men on board the HMS Terror — part of the 1845 Franklin Expedition, the first steam-powered vessels ever to search for the legendary Northwest Passage — are entering a second summer in the Arctic Circle without a thaw, stranded in a nightmarish landscape of encroaching ice and darkness. Endlessly cold, they struggle to survive with poisonous rations, a dwindling coal supply, and ships buckling in the grip of crushing ice. But their real enemy is even more terrifying. There is something out there in the frigid darkness: an unseen predator stalking their ship, a monstrous terror clawing to get in.

“The best and most unusual historical novel I have read in years.” —Katherine A. Powers, Boston Globe


  • Amazing Journey!

    By ronf8991
    This was an incredible read from start to finish; now one of my all time favorites!
  • One of my favorite books!

    By Speedyslvr
    A real page turner!
  • Well conceived but too long

    By Gatehall
    Excellent story based on fact and nicely developed. But so many superfluous aspects of this made it a long and tough read. Nevertheless, a good book.
  • Read this!

    By Nena54321
    This book wasn't the easiest read, it was dense and heavy; however, it was worth my time and my life stopped until it was finished. I loved it. I loved every page, it stays with me.
  • Darkly atmospheric and suspenseful

    By Rrowz
    During the hot Key West summers, I love to read stories about polar expeditions. This book is a good adventure story with historical detail, engaging characters and a way of pulling the reader into the bleak chill of desolate landscape.
  • A good thrill ride that limps to the finish

    By Deraj mantup
    Simmons' Terror winds up well, using multiple perspectives and jumps in time to keep the pace moving. Character development is well done for Crozier and Goodsir, while the rest are underdeveloped or shallow. That said, it's a great ride for the first 80% of the story. Unfortunately, it peters out at the end, as the bridge between Native Arctic Forklore and the reality of how Sir Franklin's crew ends up leads to an unsatisfactory, unbelievable ending that attempts fictional closure in a still unresolved mystery. In the end, you won't regret the read, but you might feel a little cheated given the investment in time and emotion needed to finish this book. (note this is not an uplifting story; those looking for inspiration or redemption most likely will feel cheated.)
  • two thumbs up!

    By indigo-child
    i loved this book! I am already looking forward to reading another story from this author.
  • Terror

    By Mia444
    .....Is an apt Title for this monstrosity. This would have been better if it had been related short stories instead of this rambling mess of a novel.
  • I would highly recommend this book!

    By SacredFire
    This book is so great and such a display of this writer's talent! This was my first book by this author, I can't wait to read another by him.
  • Wonderful

    By Amanda fultz
    This is a great piece of story telling. Dan Simmons delivers once again.