You know, I have never read a book that made me feel as sick as this book. The Ruins, by Scott Smith is one of imagination and creativity... and horror. Honestly, it's stories like this that will forever prevent me from going to particular countries! No lie, lol!
The story is about a group of friends who are not wanting to let go of their amazing holiday in Mexico. They swim, dance, drink and even cheat one one another. Not all of them- just one... but it's all in fun- what happens in Mexico stays in Mexico, yeah? Well, the day before returning home, they decide to take hike to a place even the natives refuse to venture. Now the place is also an excavation site to one of the vacationers' brother that no one's heard back from in a while. Hmm...
So they get there and are warned to not go near it- by the natives, HELLO! And in a mixup that ends with one of the travelers stepping into the undesired area- they are now told by the locals to stay and not return. Oh crap! First you're told not to go there, then you go there and are warned to not come back. I tell you, people are dumb! The story ends up being about, not the people who went there but why the people who went there can not come home. It's haunting, scary and a lot of gross!
Now I read this book, then watched the movie and I can tell you that either way, this story is painful! What the book did was terrifying, but the movie was simply unbelievable and horrific. I couldn't sit still because it was so uncomfortable! I watched the movie, cringing and squeezing my eyes so tight, I could barely see, but couldn't look away. When I read the book, I yelled at those stupid people and even threw the book against the wall, because I was so emotionally invested! And the plants...
The plants man...
This story is nightmarish! When I finished reading the book, I just sorta sat on my sofa, in a state of exhaustion and shock, like that time I went to see one of the Faces of Death movies. It was spooky as heck and I couldn't get some scenes outta my head! The author, Scott Smith didn't have to use imagery and a ton of fancy words to get you frightened, he used the one thing that's supposed to be safest and most calm. The one that can be cruel, but is of full of fluffy bunnies and majestic eagles gliding on wind currents. He used nature. He took a lovely bloom and some vines and made them into monsters! The book is AWESOME! But weird, so I'm not sure I really liked it.
Now don't get me wrong, It's not a bad book. It's good, but it was so freaking weird and spooky. The movie left out a lot of really cool scenes and information, but the book itself was the real deal. Don't see the movie unless you've read the book first. There's a bit of dryness, like the backgrounds of characters, but once you got past that junk, it is pretty decent. Check out The Ruins, but only if you like horror.📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓out of 5 specs
*Dark Lights is next..
**Book is from my personal library.
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