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- Book 1 of 2 in METRO (2 Book Series)
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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A really boring, hard to follow book about life in the underground-stations-network following a catastrophic nuclear war. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Thanet Rainbow
This book was very enjoyable, it did drag a bit in the middle as our adventurer moved from one part of his journey to the next, but I would still recommend. Full of surprises.Published 5 months ago by Zombie King
Fantastic book. Really had my heart racing at parts, uncomfortably spooked at others and almost in tears at the end.
Never completed the game before reading. Read more
I played the game before even knowing that it was based on this novel and this story was the first one I downloaded onto my kindle. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mr L.