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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strongly Recommended
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...
Published on 4 April 2010 by Jake Lamb

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2.0 out of 5 stars Extrenely Poor Version of an Otherwise Great Book
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...
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strongly Recommended, 4 April 2010
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Jake Lamb "jbirdrules" (Wales) - See all my reviews
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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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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strongly recommended, 17 May 2010
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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
2.0 out of 5 stars Extrenely Poor Version of an Otherwise Great Book, 23 Dec 2011
This review is from: Metro 2033 (Paperback)
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great setting, great horror - lacking finesse, 29 Aug 2013
This review is from: Metro 2033 (Paperback)
Metro 2033 is an awkward book for me to criticise because I'm sympathetic to it for many reasons. For one, it gave me a lot of nostalgia for when I lived in Moscow. For another, I loved the computer game. For a third, it's a novel twist on that most-loved post-apocalyptic genre. And for a fourth, it's hard to be harsh on a text that's been translated from its original language. But for all its charm (and I did essentially like the book) it is far from perfect. If you're after a dark romp through a creepy apocalypse, you could do worse, but you could also do a lot better. Here's why:

Glukhovsky clearly had bold designs on presenting the protagonist's journey through the Metro as some kind of Odyssey, in which every station presents a unique atmosphere with many unique characters. A lot of the time it works, the locations and characters are striking and memorable. But a lot of the time it falls short, when the description of yet another different society at metro station becomes tiresome. That is its major failing: the book is over-long, and doesn't flow forward at a satisfying pace.

The author's desire to take you through every detail of the drawn-out journey massively detracts from the most successful aspect of the novel - the gradually revealed threat of the creatures that lurk around Moscow. There are some brilliantly atmospheric passages when Artyom's under attack from these creatures, but they're few and far between. There didn't necessarily need to be more of them, but there certainly needed to be less of everything else. There were a lot of half-baked philosophies thrown around in between events, for starters, which meant the main journey and its story arch didn't feel so much like a gradually expanding adventure as the stop-start juddering of the metro trains it mimics.

The other stumbling point is that the book's either been very poorly translated or wasn't written well to begin with. I couldn't comment on which is the case, my Russian's not good enough to read the original (yet...) but the clumsy unrealistic dialogue and excessive reliance on passive language makes for some very amateurish prose. It's a shame, because halfway through I thought the writing could be forgiven because the story was becoming very compelling (the peak for me, in fact, was Artyom's journey to the library - whose atmosphere the book never recreated). By the end, that compelling story had petered out and been diluted too much to let me ignore the dodgy flow of the language.

It was perhaps a mistake to read this directly following Hugh Howey's incredible Wool, especially when the two are quite similar in their settings. The difference is Howey wrote an original tale that had you on edge the whole way through, with its creepy atmosphere and gradual build towards the climax. Metro 2033 is a wholly pedestrian narrative, where the pace stumbles too often for the story to be anything more than an average post-apocalyptic adventure. But if that's what you're after, by all means check it out. (Although I'd recommend playing the game instead.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read from start to end., 29 Aug 2011
This review is from: Metro 2033 (Paperback)
The book has a dark and uncertain atmosphere that really grabs the reader by the throat. There is a slight issue of confusion with the shear amount of metro stations and don't even bother trying to follow Artyom's location on the front page map.

Political, action packed, deep, dark and overall fantastic read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Post apocalyptic fiction at its finest., 18 Oct 2010
This review is from: Metro 2033 (Paperback)
Admittedly I first heard of Metro 2033 after seeing previews for the video game adaptation earlier this year and wanted to read the book first. While the game turned out to be a bit disappointing, the book blew me away.

If you didn't know by now, Metro 2033 is set a few decades after total nuclear war where the citizens of Moscow have taken refuge in the city's underground metro line. After discovering a new threat to the underground, the main character Artyom is given the job to deliver news of this threat to "Polis" - the unofficial capital of the Metro line.

It all seems pretty standard adventure fare but great writing and wonderfully realised environments set this apart from other post-apocalyptic fiction.

Dmitry Glukhovsky is not afraid to take his time to really tell the story. The settings are described in incredible detail and it's hard not to place yourself in the shoes of the characters. Even from the opening sequence - a campfire scene of sorts - you really feel as if you are there with them listening to the survivors' stories. Each metro station seems incredibly varied considering the relatively short distance between them and the connecting tunnels and sub-tunnels are menacing and not to be ventured into alone.

You really are with Artyom every step of the way. The enclosed map of the Metro system helps you as the reader follow his steps and by the latter parts of the book where he is having to constantly deviate from his path you are very much grateful to have this map. It does seem a bit stange reading in this way at first, but afterwards you get a sense of immersion that isn't usually present in fiction. You aren't just being told where the characters are going, you are navigating with them.

Metro 2033 maintains a hightened sense of tension throughout and this is mostly present due to the arduous treks from station to station. The connecting tunnels are rife with dangers of all sorts from both friendly and hostile factions of people to twisted mutations from the radiation above to chilling paranormal entities. Every time Artyom reaches the safety of another station you are just as relieved as he is. It's often uncomfortable reading, but in a good way.

There are many set pieces in the book and it rarely becomes boring. Some highlights include run-ins with neo-nazis and a hugely tense journey through the streets of Moscow above while being stalked by "something." Even the quieter moments are eerie, with Artyom listening to grisly stories from each checkpoint about the surrounding tunnels and stations and they just make the whole microcosm of the Metro even more believeable.

Metro 2033 is one of the finest (if not the most well known) examples of post-apocalyptic fiction you are likely to read. It ticks off all the boxes of what good science fiction/horror should be and (if you can forgive the sometimes shoddy English translations) is a hugely enjoyable reading experience.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it's all in the details, 8 Sep 2010
This review is from: Metro 2033 (Paperback)
being a fan of post apocalyptic anything. i decided to buy this book. takes a while to read, there is so much detail. every single thing is described so well it makes you feel as if you are there. seriously loved it. all in all a very good read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the game., 22 Aug 2013
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If you've played the game then you will absolutely love this book.
It has all the best qualities that made the video game so successful, very dark and atmospheric.
I highly recommend this book if you are looking to read something that will really draw you in until the last page!

Excellent book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Metro 2033 (review), 24 Mar 2013
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Wow! I love this book! I got interested once I saw the second video-game "Metro: Last Light". I looked into the book and when all it's history on Wikipedia and got even more interested. Then my friend bought it and told me it was really good. So I looked it up here and for the price it was perfect! Still in the middle of Chapter 2 because I haven't had too much time to read but so far I LOVE how Dmitry describes everything. If you can sit/lay down by yourself and concentrate on the story and just get into it like you were watching it then you'll love it even more. I feel like I'm there and just love it! I really recommend it! Waiting for Metro 2034 to become available in English. I heard on Facebook they announced it would be coming soon!
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