Book Review: The Ruins
“Maybe there isn’t a way. The food will run out. Our bodies will fail. And the vine will do whatever it’s going to do”
Body horror fans rejoice! This one had me squirming in my seat multiple times. I read “The Ruins” way back in high school, but all I remembered is that sentient vines will mess you up. Then, seeing it on Top 10 posts from @spine.tingling and @just_another_reader4 made me want to revisit it. I’m so glad I did 🥀
SUMMARY: Trapped in the Mexican jungle, a group of friends stumble upon a creeping horror unlike anything they could ever imagine.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.
Briefly, the plot is about five friends (four old, one new) who get trapped on a hill in the middle of a jungle in Mexico. They’re not sure why the local Mayans won’t let them leave the hill. All they know is that they’re lost, trapped, running low on supplies, and something doesn’t seem quite right with the mysterious red flowering vine that covers the hill…
Okay, I tried to be real vague so as not to spoil anything. Just know that this book is grim, gruesome, and good plain fun (if you’re in to that kind of stuff). At just over 500 pages the book runs the risk of feeling bloated, but instead it’s captivating in its detail (including the gory ones that make you want to cover your eyes will reading).
I loved the detail and personality given to our main characters. You love them and hate them all at the same time, and they are wonderfully dynamic and compelling. The build up is slow, but once the horror breaks it is unrelenting. Yes there is a “monster,” but there’s also the horror of starving, dying from infection, and going insane.
I burned through this in a couple of days and thoroughly enjoyed it. Highly recommended!