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The Ruins
The Ruins
Author: Scott Smith
The Ruins follows two American couples enjoying 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. — This is what happens from the moment the se...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780307390271
ISBN-10: 0307390276
Publication Date: 2/26/2008
Pages: 384
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

3 stars, based on 26 ratings
Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
Members Wishing: 1
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freakazoidP avatar reviewed The Ruins on + 39 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 20
If I ever read another book by this author again, it will be because there is no more civilization, and I have run out of cereal boxes.
If you want things to be resolved in the end,there to be some purpose of the horror,and somebody to get out alive...don't read this book.
gsisk avatar reviewed The Ruins on + 186 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 18
Vacationers get trapped in Mexico by stepping onto the wrong hill. Horror novel, seems the author wrote it hoping it would be turned into a movie. If so it would be a B-movie. Anyway, the action is fairly slow - once they figure out what is trapping them, nothing much happens any more, except the inevitable, of course. Put near the bottom of your stack of books-to-read.
cyall8tr avatar reviewed The Ruins on + 44 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 10
A compelling premise when combined with stereotypical, static characters results in a 319-page interminable read. Sadly, I find almost every book lately is an overblown short story. If memory serves Stephen King already did a similar tale with his usual panache, perhaps explaining his favorable review. See if you don't agree this book should have been trimmed by half, thereby ramping up the tension and reader enjoyment, as well as freeing time better spent on more deserving books.
Dimples2212 avatar reviewed The Ruins on + 209 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
What starts out as a fun vacation in Mexico for two young couples turns into a nightmare. Their real troubles begin when they visit the ruins and site of an excavation dig. All the archeologists are missing. And the only folks close by are Mayan, who speak a language the couples don't understand. Then they learn the secret of the vines...This book is scarey and hard to put down. I understand that it's now a movie. Can't wait to see it!!
reviewed The Ruins on + 17 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
This was one of those books I just wanted to throw across the room! Awful plot. I'm not even sure why I finished it.
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Threewheeler avatar reviewed The Ruins on + 29 more book reviews
Too plodding, too predictable and, a too obvious ending. I can't believe I lasted till the end. I should have tossed away half way through. The only good thing was that I bought it for adollar at Half Price Books.
reviewed The Ruins on + 26 more book reviews
I plowed through this book in 3 days. It was intense and believable despite who the "bad-guy" was. The movie certainly didn't do the book justice as so often is the case. Great summer reading... and as one review said, you'll never look at your house plants the same again.
natalietahoe avatar reviewed The Ruins on + 70 more book reviews
I found this book absolutely riveting -- please don't be tainted by the movies that have come out like "Turistas" or "Hostel." This book is a complete study in the break down of a group of people that are trapped without enough food or water, and are being hunted by something that looks completely harmless.

I read this book in a few days and could not put it down -- I haven't seen the movie yet, but I can assure you that if you put aside the movies out there like "Hostel" you will find this story absolutely creepy, and at times, incredibly moving.
MissyRose avatar reviewed The Ruins on + 32 more book reviews
I picked up this book because I'm interested in all things Mayan, but I could not finish it. It just seemed like it should have been a short story, not a novel.
myname avatar reviewed The Ruins on + 10 more book reviews
I must say that im surprized by the bad reviews this book recived I read this book probably about 2 years ago and still think about it. I sometimes have a hard time remembering books i read yesterday!I thought it was very good, fast paced, and interesting. It was one of those books that when you get to the end you wish there was more. So again i honestly dont see why it recived bad reviews from so many members, I guess youll have to read it and find out for yourself.
grammarchick avatar reviewed The Ruins on + 24 more book reviews
Please don't waste your time reading this book. I wanted to shoot myself by the end. Over-hyped and underwritten.