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Metro 2033 Paperback – December 1, 2009

4.5 out of 5 stars 480 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Metro Series

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 460 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (December 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575086246
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575086241
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (480 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,677,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael Clarkson on May 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
I suspect that many people will come to this book via the recently-released game. The novel contains a great deal less violence overall than 4A's shooter, and there is very little of the tense and desperate combat that marks the game's best moments. In exchange, the story of the novel is much more terrible and makes more sense. The majority of the people in the Metro of the book are so small, so petty, and so evil that one almost wishes that Artyom would tear through them with a machine gun as he can in the game. The virtue of his mission fades more with every passing station, and with every pointless death. This definitely isn't an uplifting exploration of man's potential for good.

Glukhovsky's world feels rather weak initially. There is a parade of unsurprising villains -- callous businessman, suspicious communists, cruel fascists, entitled thugs -- and a tour of different philosophies governing the Metro's people that, due to the pressure of Artyom's quest, never gets more than skin-deep. At times the intense fracturing of the world got to be a bit much to swallow. The degradation of learning, in particular the absurd superstitions of the Brahmins in Polis, felt like too much of a descent in too little time. Yet Glukhovsky is at his best when the people get their weirdest -- the twisted luddites of the Great Worm cult were more interesting than most of the other antagonists, and in a certain way they were more believable than many, too. The atmosphere of desperation and the oppressive ruin of the world are compellingly conveyed, however, and in general the story is solid and colorful.

The translation by Natasha Randall is fairly robust but would have benefited from some additional editing.
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The book was the foundation of the recently released video game Metro 2033, and it's highly accurate of how the game depicts the book. Metro 2033 makes you really wonder how life would be in a metro station that was built for survival, but in the end it separates the people to their beginning stages of ideologies. Dmitry is such an excellent writer that makes you really think about the underworld of the metro, and I praise the imagery and descriptive writing style he has, from the smallest parts as in Hunter's facial features, to the largest parts as in the nuclear winter of Moscow itself. This has been the best book I have read in the science fiction genre, and I will reread it to the extent. I received one of the few copies to be sold in America from amazon's paperback copies, which were sold out in a few hours, and I find myself lucky to have received it. I also have read the intro to my classmates, and they themselves have wanted to take the book from me! Although I HIGHLY RECOMMEND PLAYING THE GAME BEFORE BUYING AND READING THE BOOK!!!!! I am highly anticipated for the Metro 2034 release, and hopefully the next sequel game for Metro 2033. Oh, and the Hollywood movie for Metro 2033. Get this book for a friend of yours that appeals to science fiction, they will thank you. Trust me.
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The Russians have a skill in writing apocalyptic, nightmarish stories. You only have to read the Strugatsky Brothers' "Roadside Picnic" (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" - what a powerful experience! Magic and real, beautifully written, pulling you in, fast and slow, burning in your mind a horrible vision that wisely reflects all the main philosophies of the mankind... and when you think that you know how it ends it turns everything upside down with a powerful beautifully crafted twist - you could see it coming, but you didn't. A few friends of mine and their kids like the game based on this book, it has a cult status... but this book is a thing of its own. It's a must read for smart sci-fi readers and for those who want to try this genre. And don't be fooled by the genre itself - it's the smartest sci-fi roller-coaster that will keep you on the edge of your seat and will surprise you at the end. A haunting experience that you'll keep thinking about long after finishing the book...
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