The Ruins

The Ruins

A Novel

Book - 2008
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Trapped in the Mexican jungle, a group of friends stumble upon a creeping horror unlike anything they could ever imagine.Two young couples are on a lazy Mexican vacation–sun-drenched days, drunken nights, making friends with fellow tourists. When the brother of one of those friends disappears, they decide to venture into the jungle to look for him. What started out as a fun day-trip slowly spirals into a nightmare when they find an ancient ruins site . . . and the terrifying presence that lurks there.

Baker & Taylor
In Cancâun, Mexico, for a peaceful vacation, a group of tourists sets off in search of one of their group who disappeared during an excursion to some nearby Mayan ruins, only to come face to face with an insidious evil that threatens their lives.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2008, c2006
Edition: Vintage movie tie-in ed
ISBN: 9780307390271
Branch Call Number: FICTION SMITH
Characteristics: 369 p. ; 21 cm


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Oct 23, 2018

A decent enough horror novel that felt more like a by-the-numbers horror movie than a novel. Of course, the story has been adapted to a movie so that might have been the idea from the start.

Most of the main characters were unlikable, with the exception of Mathias. The 4 main characters made so many impossibly bad decisions early on that it was hard to maintain suspension of disbelief enough to be drawn into the story. I realize that everyone makes dumb decisions in their 20's, but long before the 'horror' part of the story set in I was hoping these tourist get done in by some kind of monster. The main characters didn't bother with the most minimal planning to trek deep into the Yucatan jungles, they willfully ignored multiple warnings (some at gunpoint), and once in their situation they resigned to bickering and self pity.

I don't want to be too rough on the story. The 'bad decisions' plot points are at the heart of most generic horror movies. It wasn't a bad story, I was just a little too generic for my tastes.

Sep 21, 2018

Effectively creepy and tense horror novel about a vacation in Mexico that goes horribly wrong. Don't read this on late at night. Scott Smith also write "A Simple Plan." Made into a film.

Sep 04, 2018

Reasonably fast paced with suspense, gore and foreboding. The movie is quite similar to the book. A pretty good exploration on what people are prepared to do to survive. A good summer read if you are interested.

Apr 12, 2017

great book!!! the movie didn't do it justice! A believable premise, blending archeological mystery, horror, and suspense that builds to the creepy climax! worth the read!!!

Dec 19, 2016

Should be in the sci-fi section so that readers can have an idea of what they will be reading. I enjoy a good story with suspense and dangers, but please make them real!!

May 01, 2012

I quite enjoyed it, different, Scott Smith wrote another called "The "Simple Plan" I believe and it was quite different again and very different from "The Ruins". Try it....

Nov 02, 2011

This was a very disappointing read. The pace was glacial and the characters one-dimensional.

stasia03 Jul 21, 2011

Great summertime read, even though its not my normal preferred genre. Would love to know of similar suspense driven book suggestions.

Mar 15, 2010

The loony I donated to purchase this book was worth the entertainment. I thought it a long and teenage-type read once the ruins were finally reached half-way through the book. That's when my stomach felt queezy until the very last word. Enjoy


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cathyf3 Apr 05, 2016

This is a real horror story. Starts with a nice trip to the Aztec ruins in Mexico. Then it becomes a freak of nature, it becomes an ordeal to survive.
There is something in the ruins.
A flowering plant that is able to mimic sounds and smells. It seems to be able to move around, but it likes the dark.
Is it an alien presence? It grows fast and is carnivorous. Beware and don't fall asleep.


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