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Metro 2033 by [Glukhovsky, Dmitry]
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European cult bestseller, 15,000 sold in trade in UK. After the nuclear holocaust a new fear is born - underground...

About the Author

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1574 KB
  • Print Length: 461 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (5 Feb. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003774XKG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 136 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,329 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
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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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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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.
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