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Compelling Story, Not for the Squeamish,
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This review is from: The Ruins (Vintage) (Mass Market Paperback)
Not only is this a very compelling story, it's a great character study of ordinary people put into extraordinary circumstances. I enjoyed the book partly because I identified myself and my friends in the two couples and two friends who enter the Mexican jungle searching for an afternoon's adventure. They set out looking for one of the friend's brother, who has followed a new love interest to an archeological ruins and has not returned to his hotel in Cancun. The author's well-developed characters:: Jeff, Amy, Eric and Stacy all have bright futures ahead of them back in the States. Matthias, a German friend whom they meet while on their Cancun vacation, as well as a friendly non-English speaking Greek, whose name they are never completely sure of, make up the group who find terror and agony deep in the jungle.
Not only is the story disturbing in the horrible circumstances the friends find themselves in, I kept asking myself how I would have acted if I had been part of the group. They all stay pretty much in character, which begs the question: how would anyone act when in what may be a hopeless situation? Are you always completely faithful to your partner when drunk? Sober? When you have decisions to make that impact not only your life, but those of friends and near strangers, what do you choose to do? Do you take chances? Are you loyal? Selfish? A leader? Or a follower who gives up? How do you act when your faith in yourself and your loved one is tested?
These questions kept me guessing about my own character, while I kept anxiously reading, curious and fascinated as to what the answers might be.