The Ruins: Book summary and reviews of The Ruins by Scott Smith

The Ruins

by Scott Smith

The Ruins
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  • Published in USA  Jul 2006
    336 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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The Ruins follows two American couples, just out of college, enjoying a pleasant, lazy beach holiday together in Mexico as, 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 archaeological dig.

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"The eerie atmosphere and compelling plot should appeal to fans of hit TV series Lost" - Publishers Weekly.
"A compelling set-up and provocative premise, but ... succumbs to a plodding pace" - Kirkus Reviews.

"… there's a more timeless fable at work here, one that prompts thoughts of Heart of Darkness. Courageous in its pessimism and its embrace of horror, Smith's powerful tale, like Conrad's masterpiece, cautions against such reassuring conceits as civilization, conscience, morality, superiority -- and yes, good and evil. Hidden somewhere in the vines of The Ruins, like those of the Congo, beats the heart of an impenetrable darkness." - The Washington Post.

"The Ruins is superior horror literature, but it does not entirely overcome the pile-driving limitations of the genre; it might have been more effective as a short story. But its relentless bleakness — it is almost clinically bloody — played out at novel length is also what sets it apart from other books of this kind. It leaves you with the sense that the skeleton beneath your skin is closer to the surface than you think." - New York Times.

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Scott Smith was educated at Dartmouth College and Columbia University. He lives in New York City.

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