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Metro 2033 Paperback – December 1, 2009
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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.
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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This is a very nice ring. Has a good weight to it and a nicely rounded finish inside making it comfortable to wear. Read morePublished 2 days ago by B. Peterson
A very visceral and thought provoking book. I actually felt like I was in the tunnels with Artyom. This author describes fear and desperation in such a primal way you start to... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Travel Junky
Great book, I'm really into it. I'm going to have to play the video game when I'm done.Published 8 days ago by MotoAdventure.Me
Started with great premise and promise of something good but turned into a long, detailed, and repeatitive description of the Moscow underground . . . on and on and on. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Manzanman
A fantastic image of a post apocalyptic world within the Moscow metro, with an engaging story to guide you through.Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
Almost at the end, playing the games first then reading this feels awesome. It's nice to see the difference between the two. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Allen Alastor
Was amazing, loved it wished the game was more like the book!Published 25 days ago by Amazon Customer