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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (13 Nov. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1473204305
  • ISBN-13: 978-1473204300
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.2 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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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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I loved the first book, the world it created was a rich and compelling one. The survivors clinging to life in the Moscow metro system in a post apocalyptic world made the first book such a good read. The story too elevated it into something special. Unfortunately this second book fails to reach those heights. It's not terrible by any means, but it lacks the sparkle of the first book.

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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"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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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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Long story short, I enjoyed this book. The translation was done by a different person this time (Andrew Bromfield) and it's definitely an improvement. However, I can't say I enjoyed this book quite as much as I did metro 2033. It just felt like it was 'lacking' something... I'm not sure what. Lost in translation, perhaps? Regardless, I think this is an interesting series and I definitely recommend giving it a go.
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This is a sequel to the earlier novel, Metro 2033. You do not have to read that one before encountering this, but it does provide more of a context to this one.

The basic premise is this: a whole microcosm of communities of all kinds of political persuasion and religious affiliation at each metro stop is forced to remain underground living within the metro stations of the Moscow Underground after a future nuclear apocalypse - radiation still makes it too dangerous to remain above ground for any length of time.

Impressive and even beautiful as many of these metro stations reportedly are, others related to genetic mutation are, this environment is oppressive - already full of lethal spooks lurking in the dark before the bombs reigned down, now gremlins both paranormal and hide in tunnels and hidden corners lie in ambush out to kill and consume the unwary. Where humans are not still in the business of finding and destroying each other.

And now there is an outbreak of a new and deadly plague at one of the more peripheral stations.

Hunter, damaged by his encounters an emerging race of mutants possessing paranormal skills, sees the answer in exterminating the inhabitants of a whole metro station. Homer, who accompanies him, just wishes to keep the story of humanity alive after the Bomb destroyed computers and books as well as communities, though he suspects he is not really much or a story teller-. A new young female hero figures, Sasha, seeks to save Hunter from himself (no girl power here - Glokhovsky's view on women is reminiscent of Victorian colonialists, though odds on, Sasha will reappear in newer sequels).
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