Historical fiction they say. A great story I say. We must remember that these ships were in lost in the Arctic in the 1840's. Think about that. Dan Simmons has used a tragic story from our past, and added...something more.We have the rosters from the ships, we know the names of the men that were the crew.Mr. Simmons handles all with the greatest respect.I was drawn into this frozen world and did not want to leave.It has terror, sadness and hope all tangled together. At points I was frightened, others grief stricken,and in the end, filled with hope.