Metro 2034 Paperback – 13 Nov 2014
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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.
The book focuses on Hunter (if you read Metro 2033 you'll remember whilst the story was about Artyom and from his perspective, it was centred around Hunter's motives), and his eventual companions, a man who calls himself "Homer" (after the Greek poet) and a girl called Sasha.
It's set roughly 1 year after the events of Metro 2033 (it's good to read the Metro 2033 epilogue - The Gospel According to Artyom first) and is entirely separate from the previous book, however, the events are intrinsically linked and those who're up-to-date with the Metro universe will gain a much greater understanding of this book from knowing the previous events.
Well worth the money.
The main issues are the story and the characters. They're both mundane in scope and in detail, lacking the grand vision of the previous book. It provided enough to keep me reading, but that was about it. There were a few thought provoking moments, some philosophical conjectures that gave me pause to consider. I do appreciate that in a book. Otherwise it just felt like a pale imitation of what had come before.
The setting provides it's saving grace. The variety and mix of how life operates in this harsh environment is well realised. The trials and tribulations are interesting in themselves, but don't really add much to what I'd already read. And that's the theme for this book I'm afraid. It has a few plus points, but if you've read Metro 2033 then you can probably give this a miss.
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