Sunday, June 1, 2014

exhausted...yet satisfied...reading as a carnal experience

The RuinsThe Ruins by Scott B. Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I wrestled with giving it five stars, but "It was amazing" seems so extreme that I went with four stars, "I really liked it." I really did, and read it at every opportunity, eager to see what would be the next horrific development. By the end, exhausted (and startled with terror when a blanket wrapped around my ankle during an afternoon nap shortly after finishing the book) yet satisfied (gee I'm making the reading of this book sound like a carnal experience!) I felt I had gotten to know these young travelers, their weaknesses, pettiness and occasions of heroism. I rooted for them. (Pun unintended but apt.) I mourned those who were lost (no spoiler in hinting that some are lost) and resolved to savor the comforts of my simple life in the good old USA. Thank you Scott Smith!

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