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The Ruins by Scott B. Smith
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Aug 15, 09

Read in October, 2008

The Ruins tells the story of two couples vacationing in Mexico. They meet up with a German named Mathias and three guys from Greece. They hit it off well and enjoy each others company. One day Mathias suggests that they take a day trip to an archaeological site that his brother has run off to visit with a girl he has met. The two couples, Mathias, and one Greek head off to find the site.

The trip ends up being harder than they bargained for. A rough trip on a bus and then a grueling hike through the jungle takes them to a village inhabited by natives. There is a mound near the village that the natives seem to be preventing them from stepping foot on. However, once one of the party steps on a piece of vine from the mound, the locals force them all to go onto the mound and then stand guard to make sure no one leaves.

The group soon realizes that they are not alone on this mound. The vines seem to be moving closer and closer. They seem to have a collective mind. It appears they are coming for them.

This is a great horror novel. It's not the plot that grabs you, face it, people attacked by vines is certainly nothing new. But it's how the characters react in the situation. Some take charge and try to solve their problem. Others are completely self absorbed and take care of themselves. They truly are representative of humanity and that is scary.

Since I read this book it has been adapted for the big screen. The movie is good. But as is often the case, the book is so much better.
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