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The Ruins

3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  18,448 ratings  ·  2,201 reviews
Craving an adventure to wake them from their lethargic Mexican holiday before they return home, four friends set off in search of one of their own who has travelled to the interior to investigate an archaeological dig in the Mayan ruins.


After a long journey into the jungle, the group come across a partly camouflaged trail and a captivating hillside covered with red flowers
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Paperback, 528 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by Corgi (first published 2006)
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Kemper
Scott Smith’s wrote one of my favorite crime novels with A Simple Plan that released in 1993. Thirteen years later came his second book, The Ruins, which instantly became one of my favorite horror novels. I’ve got my fingers crossed that sometime later this decade he’ll write another one and maybe it’ll turn out to be the greatest sci-fi epic I’ve ever read.

The concept here is dirt simple. Idiots go somewhere they shouldn’t and bad shit happens. In this particular case four American college stu
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Dan Schwent
Feb 26, 2014 Dan Schwent rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dan by: Kemper, Trudi
Shelves: 2014, horror
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Aaron
Aug 30, 2007 Aaron rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horror fans
Stephen King has a short story (that I believe may have been entitled "The Raft") in which four college students head out to an old rock quarry. They swim out to a raft in the middle of the lake. As the afternoon progresses, they notice what appears to be a patch of oil skimming the surface of the water. One of the students dives into the lake for a post-coital swim and is mysteriously and grotesquely devoured by the oil patch, his skin pretty much being stripped right from its bones. Now horrif ...more
Adam
Scott Smith's The Ruins is one of the best horror novels I've read in some time. It would be really easy for me to rip into it. The premise is, frankly, ridiculous, and its plot is nothing but doom and gloom. So why did I love it so much? Simply because it was completely convincing, engrossing, and terrifying. I don't think I have ever found myself squirming as much while reading as I was for this book's last 20 pages or so.

I think The Ruins works as well as it does because of Smith's writing an
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Campbell
Mar 30, 2008 Campbell rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one.
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Trudi
***Please indulge me while I float this older review for a horror novel that remains near and dear to my heart. If you are looking for some genuine thrills and chills this Halloween season, this may be the book for you. Happy All Hallow's Read!

I just don't get the storm of criticism aimed at Scott Smith's second novel, The Ruins. Why do people love to hate this book? I found the story to be brutally convincing and the characters believable (if not always very likable). These are college-age kid
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Nancyc
I just finished reading The Ruins by Scott Smith. If you plan to read it, stop here, because I'm about to take a stroll through it.

Reading The Ruins as a writer, got through the first 75 pages and asked myself how this writer managed to get me to follow these people into the jungle when I didn't particularly like any of them.

The Ruins is about four recent college grads on vacation in Cancun, who go off on an adventure to help an acquaintance find his brother. The college grads are comprised of t
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Dirk Grobbelaar

Are you lost?

Jeepers – this novel was hard to read! Not because it was bad by any means, but because of the harrowing situation the author creates for his characters.

The Ruins features some pretty explicit descriptive imagery. I’m not sure whether I would describe it as an overly “gory” novel though. The blood and guts sequences are treated with the clinical detachment of a surgeon: that’s to say, it’s pretty bloody but isn’t all that messy. Except, of course, when it is…

What really got to me
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K.D. Absolutely
Oct 27, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jzhunagev
Shelves: horror
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Tressa
I am always amazed at the low ratings this book gets. I thoroughly enjoyed it and even listened to the book on CD, which made the story even more intriguing.

Four young Americans about to enter graduate school or begin new jobs back home are relaxing in Cancun, Mexico, soaking up too much sun and tequila. At their hotel they befriend a group of Greek men and a German. The German’s brother has gone missing after becoming smitten with a woman and following her to a Mayan archaeological dig in the j
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Delroy
Dec 01, 2010 Delroy rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
This may be the worst book that I have ever read in much the same way that I feel Mission to Mars is the worst movie I have ever seen. There is plenty of crap out there, but sometimes a piece of crap manages to find itself in the shoe-shine pile and gets lots of money thrown at it and gets splashy reviews and buys out the front rack at the distribution center for the arts and you are in a hurry to get your culture on so you don't see that the polish this turd has been given barely managed to mak ...more
Joey-Joey-Jo-Jo
Mar 29, 2013 Joey-Joey-Jo-Jo rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone who might purchase my copy
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Christina
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Bark's Book Nonsense
I just listened to this on unabridged audio. Having seen the movie a few years ago, I was expecting it to be a decent body horror tale of survival and I wasn’t disappointed on those two counts. But I’d be lying if I said I enjoyed the book more than the movie. The movie was suspenseful and to the point and brutal and it was only 90 minutes long so there wasn’t a lot of time spent with the characters. The audio though was nearly 11+ hours long and I had to spend way too much time with these chara ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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You know that old saying “timing is everything”? I have a feeling this book would have received a 5-Star rating from me rather than 4 had I not ran across a little ARC called The Troop several months ago. Upon my reading (and ranting and raving and begging every horror lover and their dog to read said ARC), a plethora of my GR friends started recommending The Ruins to me. Since I’m an idiot, I immediately forgot about it. Months later,
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Regina
May 08, 2014 Regina rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
This review contains no spoilers, no specifics, just generalities.

I have nothing good at all to say about this book, one of the worst stinkeroos I've ever had the misfortune to stumble across. I can't believe it was ever even published. It's junk like this that make me feel that no matter how bad my writing is, if drivel like this can earn money, than there is no reason why anything I slap together can't make money.

Horror story? Nope. Didn't scare me one bit. Didn't even make me uneasy. Extended
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Steve
While reading Scott Smith's new novel, "The Ruins," a discerning reader will probably pick up on any number of influences. Novels and short stories, such as "Heart of Darkness," "Lord of the Flies," and "The Willows," come instantly to mind, but also other media offerings, such as the movies "Cabin Fever," and, wildly, "Little Shop of Horrors." Still, it's unfair to suggest that "The Ruins" is a cut and paste effort pulling in all these (real and imagined) influences. No, Smith has fashioned his ...more
Sara
Let's start with the good. Or the less bad. The idea of the story is interesting. Being in another country is scary and this capitalizes that idea. I wish the metaphor of language barrier and communication had been played out more fully.

My chief complaints with this book are as follows:
- The characters were cardboard cutouts of real characters. Two dimensional and stereotypical.
- The women in this novel are useless. 100% USDA uselessness. See above.
- Honestly, why didn't the Greek speak Eng
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Brandon
Apr 17, 2008 Brandon rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adults
Recommended to Brandon by: My friend Evelyn
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Rossy
This is my first Science Fiction book (yaaay!).
I've always been a fan of gore/blood/death.in.weird.ways films, so I decided to read this book after watching the film many times, so if you liked the movie, you'll kind of like the book, too. It's more graphic, scary, terrifying, creepy, dark...
I give it only three stars, because even though I enjoyed the book, the characters ruined it for me. I know, they are supposed to be realistic, but they ended up as obnoxious, only Jeff was likeable and sma
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Christopher
[Editor's note: I present to you, dear readers, this following facsimile of a manuscript found sewn into the binding of a Louisville Free Public Library copy of Scott Smith's The Ruins. It was discovered by your humble editor upon completion of the aforementioned book, when he glimpsed out of the corner of his eye the glimmering of gold leaf. With penknife in hand, he delicately peeled apart the endpapers of the volume, separated the adhesive from the gatherings, and uncovered what you will soon ...more
Carol
Sep 30, 2014 Carol rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Carol by: Susan
Shelves: horror, ebook, read-2014
I think I'll just begin by saying YIKES! I'm always looking for a super scary book to read come October and this one certainly gave me the creeps!

The story begins as four (partying) American college students on vacation in Cancun join up with a Greek man (major language barrier here) and agree to help a German tourist find his missing brother. Ill-prepared and with only a crude map to guide them, they all set out to locate an archaeological dig site in a remote Mexican jungle.......and what they

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Brooks Yelverton
Anybody out there ever been to Mexico? Any of you ever gotten sick of sitting around on the beach and decided to trek through the jungle to see some of the Mayan ruins? A few years back, I was in this position, but then I decided (since I'm fat and lazy) that lying around on the beach beat hiking around. After reading this thriller, I know I made the right decision.

The summary above covers about the first twenty pages of the book. The remainder is fascinating, but I don't want to risk ruining an
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Brian
Consider this a 2.5-star rating.

I'm not exactly sure what to even say about The Ruins, but I'll give it a try.

For me, the reason this book didn't fall to a 2- or even 1-star rating is because the book was ultimately readable, and at a fairly quick pace. Unlike some reviewers, I also found the overall story creepy and disturbing.

Unfortunately, the story had several flaws that could not be overlooked. After the characters arrived at the site of the "ruins," almost all forward motion of the plot gr
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Caroline
The entire time reading this book, I kept telling myself "It'll get better...it has to get better! It can't all be this bad!" It did get better, for about the last 50 pages where everything just goes crazy and finally we get some consistent action.

The characters (a group of fairly dense 20-something-year-olds, a German, and some Greeks) journey deep into the jungles of Mexico to find an archaeological dig where the German's brother is supposed to be. Instead, they find a strange village of Mayan
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Calypso
Um livro que se apresenta como um excelente guião de filme (e de facto existe um filme que ainda não vi), em que após terminar a sua leitura só conseguia pensar: uau quero ver isto... ver a colina, o poço, as personagens tornadas reais, ver as emoções nos seus rostos: o medo, a dor,a angústia, a incredulidade...
Quanto mais me aproximava do final deste livro mais psicológico o achava, chegando ao ponto de eu mesma me sentir louca, salvo seja, com a situação que é retratada ao longo destas 336 pág
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Joel
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Travis Heermann
This was an extremely problematic book for me. I enjoyed the movie, so I thought let's pick it up and see what contemporary horror looks like.

As a professional writer, I have to say that this book should give hope to all struggling writers out there. It stands as a perfect example of a book that likely never would have been published if the writer was not already under contract. It would never have made it out of the slush pile. As an editor, I might have gotten to page 5 before passing on it.
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Jane
Oct 18, 2007 Jane rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who dig horror
*SPOILER ALERT*
I consider myself a fiend for horror stories, but this has to be the most challenging horror story I've ever walked myself through.

The four Americans are pretty stereotypical characters, and they are all very unlikable, but I think this works well for the story. The characters are very bland, and with their names and their relationships to each other, it was hard at first to differentiate from them. But I think this was Smith's intention, though I can't say why. It takes a page b
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Scoobs
I just rented this movie from Blockbuster a few days ago. I have had the book sitting on my shelf since it came out in hardcover. I decided to be a true nut and read the whole thing before I watched the movie and see how badly they ruined it. Or how faithful they were. Luckily, Blockbuster doesn't have their late fee's anymore.

Well, I jammed through the thing, not only because I wanted to watch the movie sooner than later, but because I couldn't put it down. To be honest, I didn't really like t
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Scott Bechtel Smith is an American author and screenwriter. He has published two suspense novels, A Simple Plan and The Ruins, and adapted them for the screen.

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