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The Ruins (Vintage) by Scott Smith

The Ruins (Vintage) (edition 2008)

by Scott Smith (Author)

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Two American couples, just out of college, enjoy a pleasant, lazy beach holiday together in Mexico. On an impulse, they go off with newfound friends in search of one of their group--the young German, who, in pursuit of a girl, has headed for the remote Mayan ruins, site of a fabled archeological dig. Then the searchers--moving into the wild interior--begin to suspect that there is an insidious, horrific "other" among them...--From publisher description.… (more)
Title:The Ruins (Vintage)
Authors:Scott Smith (Author)
Info:Vintage (2008), Edition: Reprint, 509 pages
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A group of tourists enter into the Mexican jungle and find themselves in great peril, triggering a series of horrific and terrifying events. Their bad decisions leads to their terrifying collapse in the face of an ancient and otherworldly presence. As their environment continues to grow in hostility, so do their own relationships and their small society begins to tear apart.
  DevilStateDan | Jan 25, 2020 |
What do you think is the absolute worst thing that can happen to you when you go on a well-deserved vacation with your girlfriend and with your friends? The answer to this horror novel is not a lost luggage on an airport or kidnapping or a disappearance of a friend of sorts, but more holding you, your girlfriend, and your friends hostage, if that makes sense, on old ruins that are apparently alive in a very terrifying way, well at least its plant is alive. And what's even worse is that these ruins are surrounded by these angry villagers or protectors of the ruins that don't want that living plant to spread all over the world, so they make sure you stay on the ruins with your loved ones until you yourself die or they die either by the plant or by their arrows. Now, how the heck and how the hell can you escape from such a predicament, when the plant is slowly eating you, your girlfriend, and your friends out, and the ruins are surrounded by angry villagers who don't want you to escape their eyesight. It seems very much impossible to escape from that, but Ruins have a very cool guy, who's knowledgeable and who's really smart and inventive and wants himself, his girlfriend, and his friends to get out of the predicament they've found themselves in. But whether he succeeds or fails, that's a completely different story. All in all, the novel is not that bad and is quite fun to read, and quite tense at times, and it really makes you feel bad about all the characters and cheer for their seemingly impossible survival. So, if you're one of those who loves to read survival horrors of sorts, and likes to cheer for the lead fictional character's survival, get your hands on this novel and don't mind all the negative reviews, focus on the positive ones, for they are pretty much the ones who share the true positive side of this novel's insane story of hope and survival. ( )
  Champ88 | Dec 25, 2019 |
3.5 ( )
  Layla.Natasha | Nov 10, 2019 |
This book was kind of boring with lackluster scences. I hope the movie is better.
  AnnaHernandez | Oct 17, 2019 |
So bleak. Very realistic - I like the nods to popular culture about horror films, but so very bleak. ( )
  slmr4242 | Oct 16, 2019 |
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Smith writes with psychological acuity and real beauty, yet he doesn't pull punches.
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While partying on holiday in Cancun two young American couples befriend a German tourist named Mathias, and three friendly Greeks. Mathias had been traveling with his brother, Heinrich, who's disappeared off to the Mayan ruins with a woman working on an archaeological dig. Mathias is worried for his brother and, using a hand-drawn map Heinrich had left behind, sets off in pursuit. The Americans and one of the Greeks join him in his adventure to the interior.

After an exhausting journey, the six reach a Mayan village. But there they receive a frightening reception and turn around, despairing of ever finding Heinrich and the ruins. Following a camouflaged trail out of the village, the group come to a hillside covered in bright red flowers. As they pause at the base of this hill, transfixed by the beauty of the vision, a horseman approaches behind them. It's one of the Mayans; he's got a gun and, in his own language, orders them away from the hill. In the midst of the confrontation, one of the group steps backward, into the flowering vine. The Mayan falls silent then orders all six up the hill. As they follow the trail across the hilltop and down the slope they see yet another group of Mayans waiting for them, weapons out — and a mound, covered with the flowering vine. They examine it and find Heinrich's corpse, shot full of arrows. They are mystified. And the Mayans won't let them leave.

Trapped, the group try to figure out a way to survive until someone comes to find them, imagining they've been made irrational by thirst and hunger. But as they move through their first twenty-four hours, another, a far more terrifying foe reveals itself.

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