Last weeks novel was The Ruins by Scott Smith.
The Ruins. Two American college couples are on vacation in Cancun. Meeting and befriending some other tourists, they decide to go explore some secret Mayan Ruins. Once there, though, everything goes to hell in a hand basket.
I loved this book! It has a great concept and amazing tension.
Scott Smith made an unorthodox decision not to have chapters in the novel. The entire novel plays out in one unbroken flow. And what an amazing decision it was! No unnecessary end chapter cliffhangers, the novel just drags you along, unable to stop. I finished it in one night for this very reason. No chapter markers gave my brain no space to say, I’ll stop here and pick up tomorrow. I had to keep going.
The characters are not enjoyable overall. It’s definitely more of a story driven novel. It’s about what happens to the characters and what it does to them that is important. The group in peril angle is interesting. Will they bond together against the evil attacking them? Or will they help it tear them apart?
There are some great surprises, scares, and gore in this novel. Definitely a great way to start the Halloween month!
For The Ruins, I’m giving an enthusiastic 4.5 out of 5.
So, on to this weeks novel!
This weeks novel will be…
The Everafter by Amy Huntley!
A story about a girl who has died and, in a vast emptiness, finds lost items that take her to relive moments in her life.
A YA novel, it seems interesting and should be a quick read.
That’s it for this Novel Monday. See you Friday!