Finished: The Ruins by Scott Smith, 2006, 1400043875.
I finished this at the DMV. I was a couple pages from the end when my number was called so I finished reading the book in the parking lot.
Good book. I read a strong recommendation a week or two ago and received this copy from
Recent college graduates on a long summer trip to
Once the six of them step upon the vine covered hillside the Mayan man refuses to let them leave. Soon, more armed Mayans arrive to prevent their departure and the six discover that the vine covering the hilltop is both sentient and hungry.
I spoke to another reader about the novel's plot and characters and she felt that none of the characters were likable. I thought that the reactions of the characters to their "shipwreck" situation of being stuck on a hill with little food and water was realistic. That's all Ruins is, really; a modern, and slightly science fiction, version of six people in a lifeboat.