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An arduous undertaking full of frustration, toil, drudgery, and with little reward
Reviewed in the United States on August 21, 2018
I'm talking about the book, not the Franklin expedition.
I won't go into massive detail here. The premise is intriguing. It's what sucked me in.
Then there are a couple hundred pages of dithering where crewmembers slowly die off while the main characters brood about the situation.
The tension consists primarily of the supplies running low and (horror trope incoming) people making awful decisions when they should know better.
There's also a giant killer phantom bear.
About halfway through I felt like I was being trolled, like if Virginia Woolf wrote a horror novel on a dare.
Then there's the Poe reference.
From that point I just gritted my teeth and pushed on to the expected, easily anticipated, unsatisfying conclusio because momma didn't raise no quitter.
A wasted opportunity for a phenomenal story.