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3.5 

The Ruins

By Scott Smith
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Publisher Description

NATIONAL BESTSELLER Trapped in the Mexican jungle, a group of friends stumble upon a creeping horror unlike anything they could ever imagine in "the best horror novel of the new century" (Stephen King). Also a major motion picture!

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.

"The Ruins does for Mexican vacations what Jaws did for New England beaches.” —Entertainment Weekly
 
“Smith’s nail-biting tension is a pleasure all its own.... This stuff isn’t for the faint of heart.” —New York Post
 
“A story so scary you may never want to go on vacation, or dig around in your garden, again.” —USA Today

691 Reviews

3.5
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“This book is classified as horror but I didn’t find it to be scary. It was creepy and graphic. The storyline was good and I liked the ending. Made me not want to go into the jungle ever.”
Characters change and growSuspensefulUnpredictableDark settingSelf-harmViolence
Slightly Smiling Face“I have kept a copy of this book in my cars trunk for years for emergency reading for years now. A great book that makes you wish the author wrote more in genre. Holds up well and the movie wasn’t to bad either.”
Characters change and growDescriptive writingFast-pacedRealistic setting
Slightly Smiling Face“I buddy read this with a new book friend, it was definitely not what I was expecting. This book is not going to be for everyone. There were some slower parts, I would say the first 100 pages was a bit slow, but after that, it really picked up for me. You follow two couples and two strangers on a journey to help one of them find their missing brother. They travel to the ruins, his last known location. But once they get there, things start getting really freakin weird. I enjoyed the eerie aspect of this book. It was definitely unsettling. And if you don’t like body gore, this might not be the best choice for you. I liked Stacey the best out of all the characters. Although she was a bit ditsy, she was relatable in so many ways. Jeff was straight up annoying, bossy, and rude. I couldn’t stand him the entire book, and the other characters were okay. I couldn’t imagine going through this experience, this book will definitely be sticking with me for awhile.”
Diverse charactersDescriptive writingSuspensefulDark settingDarkThought-provokingViolence

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