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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (13 Nov. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1473204305
  • ISBN-13: 978-1473204300
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Metro universe is still one of the best realised apocalyptic settings around (NERD LIKE YOU)

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The much-anticipated sequel to the million-copy selling cult international hit. In the ruins of the apocalypse mankind fights for survival in the Moscow Metro.

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Difficult to review this book without using spoilers, so il do a brief summary:

This adventure takes part on the Sebastopol station line and across the Hansa, it follows on from Metro 2033 with several references being made and familiar characters. The Sebastopol line is largely unexplored and derelict and follows a character in to leading an expedition across the line into the unknown. scout teams have been disappearing and they need to find out whats going on as supply lines are getting thin.

the mystery, intrigue, hopelessness, intensity and trepidation are all in abundance in this gripping Metro Sequel. life seems even more depressing for its inhabitants now, with new monsters being discovered and few men willing to fight.

its as gripping as the first and i have been dying for this to be translated into english for the last 4 years. well worth the wait!

4 stars because...its 20 pages too short in my opinion. its a much smaller book then its predecessor therefore less words on the page, meaning less story. as great as the book is, we just needed a little bit more.
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"Metro 2034" is sequel to "Metro 2033" apocalyptic novel written by Russian writer Dmitry Glukhovsky. The title of the book is referring to the Moscow Metro system, year is 2034 (one year after the original book took place) and mankind had nearly wiped itself out in a nuclear war more than 20 years ago.

As I wrote in prequel review, lot of things had changed in this apocalyptic world but some remained the same, 20 years passed but Cold War in this small world is still raging.
Survivors of nuclear disaster have taken refuge in the subway system, settled into the various stations, which are now representing small Greek-like polis (countries), each with its own government, atmosphere, rules and political ideals.

Main character from original book, Artyom, is practically not mentioned at all, although there are some references to happenings from the first book. But one other character from previous book is back, Hunter, who became so damaged person, although it's not stated clearly what happened to him during last year. What we see is him becoming a killing machine without feelings, it seems like he just wants to kill, making up excuses in order to do just that.

Beside Hunter, three most important characters are Homer, Leonid and first important female character, Sasha. Homer is an old man, wannabe writer, selected by Hunter to follow him on the quest. Homer would rather stick with his wife whom he says he loves then go to this suicidal mission, but on the other hand all his life he was trying to write something and finally he sees this journey as opportunity to find inspiration.

Leonid is a skilled musician who has only one thing on his mind, seducing Sasha.
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A much better read than its predecessor - better translated and a more complex narrative that entwines three different stories, bringing them together impressively in conclusion. Much like 2033, 2034 has much to say about humanity and the mistakes of its past, present, and how those mistakes are invariably repeated into the future.

The Metro series is about monstrous creatures and monstrous humans and darkness and guns and scares yes, but the world is merely a backdrop for the real focus of the novels - humanity and all its virtues and failures as viewed in the microcosm of the post-apocalyptic Russian metro. Like it's predecessor, 2034 is a bit of action and world-building with a heavy dose of philosophising and exposition. But this is okay, because the different stations with each of their unique deformities, and the characters likewise are well-built enough and they have important things to say - I found myself noticably taken by some genuinely profound passages and believably flawed characters that raise this above what could have so easily been sci-fi pulp.

The Metro novels have always been more brains than brawn, but with a little bit of brawn thrown in to entertain. Textually, 2034 is a superior novel to 2033, and it tells a story that is different where it matters, and similar where it needs to be. It's not a rehash, nor is it superfluous. Most impressively, the novel ensures that the reader, like the characters, will find themselves hoping eternally that things will work out in the end.
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I will say now that Metro 2033 is one of my most favourite books. It's story was gripping, the world that Dmitry had created was so well thought out, the characters felt more human than any other book I have read and the horror was underpants ruiningly (I know its not a word) brilliant due to the way in which the characters reacted to it. Say a ghost appears, the characters don't decided to undercover its horrible past and hope to set it free, they stay very quiet, hope it does not spot them and then leave making a mental note not to return to that place again.

Its such a shame that Metro 2034 can only be summarized as "meh!". I will say now that on its own its a pretty alright book but when compared to the first it just feels bland. I can't help shaking the feeling that Dmitry Glukhovsky only wrote Metro 2034 because the first one was so popular and his publisher was sat next to him (quickly imagine Mrs Doyle from Father Ted) going "Why don't you write a sequel? Ah go on write a sequel. Go on, go on, go on, go on...etc" until he said "Fine!" and wrote it.
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