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Metro 2033 [Hardcover]

Dmitry Glukhovsky
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18 Mar 2010

The year is 2033. The world has been reduced to rubble. Humanity is nearly extinct. The half-destroyed cities have become uninhabitable through radiation. Beyond their boundaries, they say, lie endless burned-out deserts and the remains of splintered forests. Survivors still remember the past greatness of humankind. But the last remains of civilisation have already become a distant memory, the stuff of myth and legend.

More than 20 years have passed since the last plane took off from the earth. Rusted railways lead into emptiness. The ether is void and the airwaves echo to a soulless howling where previously the frequencies were full of news from Tokyo, New York, Buenos Aires. Man has handed over stewardship of the earth to new life-forms. Mutated by radiation, they are better adapted to the new world. Man's time is over.

A few score thousand survivors live on, not knowing whether they are the only ones left on earth. They live in the Moscow Metro - the biggest air-raid shelter ever built. It is humanity's last refuge. Stations have become mini-statelets, their people uniting around ideas, religions, water-filters - or the simple need to repulse an enemy incursion. It is a world without a tomorrow, with no room for dreams, plans, hopes. Feelings have given way to instinct - the most important of which is survival. Survival at any price.

VDNKh is the northernmost inhabited station on its line. It was one of the Metro's best stations and still remains secure. But now a new and terrible threat has appeared. Artyom, a young man living in VDNKh, is given the task of penetrating to the heart of the Metro, to the legendary Polis, to alert everyone to the awful danger and to get help. He holds the future of his native station in his hands, the whole Metro - and maybe the whole of humanity.

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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (18 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575086238
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575086234
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 16.5 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
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After the nuclear holocaust a new fear is born - underground . . .

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Dmitry Glukhovsky is a Journalism and Foreign Relations graduate of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He won the Encouragement Award of the European Science Fiction Society in 2007. In addition to his native Russian, he speaks English, French, German, Hebrew and Spanish.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strongly Recommended 4 April 2010
Great post-apocalyptic novel, a great sense of dark atmosphere and place. The book is set in the near future where the remnants of Moscow have been forced to live in the metro system of Moscow because of the atomic disaster above. It follows the story of Artoym, a young man who is sent on a mission to warn Polis (the biggest collection of stations and a major government power in the Metro) about a new threat to the metro.

To begin the plot is great, the gradual completion of the mission is well-realized and there is a handy map of the Metro on the front page of the novel. Glukhovsky succeeds in creating a tense atmosphere and good characterization of Artoym and succeeds in creating a fresh, realistic post-apocalyptic world with a eastern sense. The environments are very well described and offer the reader a strong visualization of atmosphere. The action is varied, from obvious physical threats to the paranormal; Glukhovsky includes enough action to capture the reader, as Artyom is involved in many encounters with many interesting characters.

The novel includes a number of political themes and has a strong message to the future of mankind, includes strong reference to the history of Russia and of the impact of Second World War on the world that Metro 2033 is set in.

My only problem with the novel is that you can get a bit confused with location and characters because of the Russian setting. Obviously there isn't much you can do about that, but take into account that the book was originally written in Russian and translated into English.

But that isn't really a problem as it's a great book for anybody who is interested in post-apocalyptic books, and I personally thought it was a fantastic read. It also goes great with the new video game set in Glukhovsky's universe.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, claustrophobic and thrilling! 5 Jan 2012
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The Russians have a skill in writing apocalyptic, nightmarish stories. You only have to read the Strugatsky Brothers' (or watch the film version, "Stalker"), Gansovsky's "A Day of Wrath" or watch Lopushansky's amazing "Letters From A Dead Man" to realise that they understand what it is to live on the edge of the abyss.
Claustrophobic, dark cul-de-sacs of danger and terror, "Metro 2033" is a world of uncertainties and fear, hung on the fringes between survival and death. Criminals and refugees, traders and mystics... bullets used as currency... fear, and always uncertainty.
Artyom, our hero, is asked to deliver an important message that could affect the survival of humankind in the subways. On his way to the centre he is aided, and hindered, by a motley crew of individuals who reflect the chaos that reigns below. The voyage is full of menace (though moments of almost calm menace and surreality are not uncommon).
There is one brief sortie to the surface that becomes an adrenalyn-packed nightmare. I never realised that you can read a book through your fingers as you wait for the horrors to leap out from the ruins and the dark.
This is, of course, an Odyssey and our brave Ulysses has to strive through his labours as he comes face-to-face with the demons that litter his nightmare world distorted and turned inside out by humanity. His is a noble task and he is aided by heroic figures, heroes that could have stepped out of the ancient myths... Yet questions and doubts are raised constantly... what sort of humanity is it that Artyom wants to save?... and what nightmares come flowing down the dark tunnels of the Metro.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strongly recommended 17 May 2010
It is a really good book. The author creates its own world which is dark, small, scary and implausible but engrosses a reader totally. I couldn't put the book down and after finishing it I wanted to buy the second part Metro 2034. Unfortunately, it is only published in Russian and German right now. The book is so good that I decided to buy a video game Metro 2033 to confront my imagination with the author's (he was involved in process of developing of the game and metro stations in the game are similar to the real ones)
The story is simple. The main character has to go through the metro to solve a mystery but there are many twists of actions so the simple task is not so simple.
The book is not only an adventure story but also a really good picture of our world, its diversity, philosophy and cruelty.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Huge critism of this version is the quality of translation; frankly its very poor. The long dialouges which Glukhovsky uses repeatedly are very difficult to read and poorly phrased. Its mostly evident that this is a translation problem because the diffiulty arises from frequent grammatical errors, missing words and a limited, repetitive volcabulary. When so much of the story's heart is delivered in conversations between Artyom and his companions, these mistakes ruin the impact of what i imagine was once quite powerful dialouge. Particulary observant readers will also notice incosistancies in the station names between the book and attached map. Hilariosly part of the map key ( the legend for Hansa ) is also in german rather than english.

Because of this it is a little difficult and perhaps unfair to review the book, as i suspect that thos version does no justice to Glukhovsky's original version. However i would criticise the heavy-handed delivery of the main themes, often delivered throught extended, repetitious conversations between characters and ponderous musings from Artyom. I also found the first half of the book rather slow. I would prefer to have seen the book a little shorter with a little more focus.

Despite all this i love the message. Glukhovsky makes a stunning critism of human nature and our struggle to survive at the cost of all around us. Clearly this is a writer with a fantastic talent for imagination and a clear purpose to his writing.I realise perhaps that 2 stars is a little harsh but cannot emphasise enough how disappointed i was by the translation quality. Its really quite a shame as it definatly shows signs of something far better.

With a fresh translation, this could be a work of art. Until then its a tainted classic at best.
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4.0 out of 5 stars dark and mysterious novel. the post apocalyptic feel reaches ...
dark and mysterious novel. the post apocalyptic feel reaches out and dances in your mind as you read it. you are never quite sure what it is you will read about next. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Chris Blight
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
A great book. I recommend reading.
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Published 2 months ago by Frank Reilly
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Much better and more tense and sometimes terrifying than the game can provide!
Published 2 months ago by Jack Tuck
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique take on the Post-Apocalypse
I decided to read this book having played the game on Xbox which I very much enjoyed. The book is fantastic at building the world of the Metro and I was surprised how detailed the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by MR S J SPARKE
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece
First of all - this book is amazing. The only thing that is bad in it is that it eventually ends.
However, you are losing a lot if you can't read Russian - it would require an... Read more
Published 5 months ago by D. K.
4.0 out of 5 stars …how deep the rabbit hole really goes
*Metro 2033* by Dmitri Glukhovsky is an accomplished post-apocalyptic science fiction novel in which survivors shelter from numerous, often unseen threats in the labyrinth of the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Underground Heritage
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling, scary, addictive....
I strongly suggest reading this book, i myself originally started thinking about it by looking videos fm the game version. I was interested and decided to buy the book. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Vasilis
2.0 out of 5 stars Extremely slow and boring
The idea behind this book is great and the story has huge potential but it is all let down by a slow and boring writing style. Read more
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