Book review: “The Terror”

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October 14, 2011 at 10:26 am  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

Jacob Jones
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Jacob Jones
Reviewed by Jacob Jones

Dan Simmons’s book "The Terror" is a supernatural fiction set between 1845 and 1848 on the Royal Navy Ships HMS Terror and HMS Erebus stranded in Antarctica. This novel was based on a true story about the crew of HMS Terror. The reading style is like a man’s journal that is pieced together in no particular order.

"The Terror" takes place in many different places and times. The style changes very quickly from action-packed chasings to the slow-moving extra stories of the crew before being stranded. The crew not only has to be wary of the draining supplies and the ever-dropping degrees, but also the "thing" on the ice. The crew must take caution as they watch in the nights and days to protect the rest of the crew. When nobody’s looking is when "it" comes. Flip through 700 pages of a supernatural mystery and horror-filling suspense on every page until the end. The crew of Terror is being hunted. What’s out there in the dark?

I really enjoyed reading "The Terror" for the growing suspense from the beginning to the end. This book is definitely a slow read, so I would not recommend it for action cravers. Also, I think the book is a bit long and not for beginners. This novel is definitely for the more mature audiences, and I would recommend it for people who enjoy a supernatural fiction that seems as though it never ends.

Jacob Jones is a sophomore in the academically gifted program at Hahnville High. He enjoys reading, writing and reviewing. He is part of the ROTC APT, ROTC Cyberpatriots and Hahnville High Strategists.

Editor’s note: Book reviews are published weekly during the summer in agreement with Hahnville High School gifted English teacher Deborah Unger in conjunction with the Brown Foundation Service Learning Program.




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