by Dan Simmons
REVIEWED BY CAROLINE LEAVITT
Simmons crafts an apocalyptic horror story loosely based on a tragic expedition to the Arctic in the 1840s: The explorers’ ship is trapped in ice, the rations are poisoned and a beast is stalking the crew. But an even greater nightmare looms as the men battle mind-bending cold, starvation and madness while the Eskimo woman who might hold the key to their survival disappears. Carefully researched, this tale is both dazzling history and a sparkling chiller.