Metro 2033 (METRO, #1)
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Metro 2033 (МЕТRО #1)

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The year is 2033. The world has been reduced to rubble. Humanity is nearly extinct. The half-destroyed cities have become uninhabitable through radiation. Beyond their boundaries, they say, lie endless burned-out deserts and the remains of splintered forests. Survivors still remember the past greatness of humankind. But the last remains of civilisation have already become...more
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Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
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. Criminal...more
Dirk Grobbelaar
Welcome to the post apocalyptic world of Metro 2033. It’s a grim and depressing existence, this. This novel conveys a claustrophobic atmosphere rarely felt. Everything in this underworld has a dreamy (nightmarish) quality about it. Consider: perpetual darkness except for signal fires and faint red emergency lighting at some stations. And if you’re travelling, don’t forget your pocket flashlight.

So what’s the story? Well, the apocalypse has come and gone. Somebody pushed the button, and only the...more
Lilla Smee
I really wanted to like this book. Everything about it promised so much! The setting is the Moscow metro system in the year 2033. Above ground, it appears that humanity has been wiped out by nuclear war. The survivors live entirely in the underground tunnel system; stations have evolved into microcosms of the old social and political systems of Russia. The inhabitants are now into the second generation, and Glukhovsky touches on some of the adaptive changes humans have undergone as a result of l...more
Iztok
Surprisingly monotonous novel. Reading it it becomes obvious that postapocalyptic setting, strange events and bizarre creatures are not enough for a good novel. The structure is repetitive, there is no overall development of main character's psyche, except at the very end, too late, I'm afraid. Events are arbitrary, there are too many unnecessary descriptions of metro stations and reader looses himself in all the mentioned tunnels. Women play no important role, there is none, except for some hys...more
William Blackwell
After reading Dmitry Glukhovsky's Metro 2033, I felt compelled to offer a review. Frankly it is the best post-apocalyptic sci-fi I have ever read. While some things may get lost in translation, and it has a lot of typos, for me it did not detract from Artyom's epic struggle to reach Polis from the subway station of VDNKh and deliver the message that the dark ones are invading the station and the future of the entire metro population is at risk.

Set in the year 2033, it depicts mankind's struggle...more
Matt
This is one of the best post-apocalyptic novels I've ever read. It's got a fair amount of action, but it is by no means dominated by it. There is plenty of Eastern European introspection and philosophy here to balance out the monsters and fire-fights. Lots of suspense too. The story is top-notch and Artyom is a very identifiable protagonist who develops quite a bit throughout the story.

I had to knock off a star for some really really sloppy editing. It seemed like every few pages there was a rep...more
Doğan Kaytan
Üzüldüm nan... Sonunu böyle beklemiyordum... Morallerim bozuldu...

Olay Moskova metrosunda geçiyor. Kitabın adından da anlaşılacağı gibi yıl 2033, insanlık ya da insanlıktan geriye kalanlar herneyse, Moskova'nın metrolarına sığınıyorlar. Küçük küçük gruplara ayrılan insanlar değişik istasyonlarda kendilerine ait devletler kuruyorlar. Sadece mantarlar yosunlar ve sıçanlarla beslenip, değişik gruplarda ise insan yeyip, solucanlara/şeytanlara tapmalar gibisinden dinler/kültürler doğuyor.

Kitabın sev...more
Eric Piotrowski
I began reading this book several months ago, since I'm eager to play the video game that was recently adapted from it. I expected to get a standard post-apocalyptic adventure novel, and this is what I got -- for 80% of the book. The other 20% is filled with bleak philosophizing and clouds of uncertainty that creep around the main character, like the weird sounds and unsettling environs of the dessicated metro itself.

Then, in the last ten pages, this wave of conceptualization leaps out of the sh...more
Ksenia Klykova
As some people pointed out, the book indeed have some too long, tedious parts that sometimes you just feel like skipping.

Only sometimes. Because some of the descriptive parts are actually key to the book. The story takes place in a post-atomic world, a situation completely new both for humanity (or the remains of it) pictured in the book and the reader. People dominion has been reduced to the dark and often dangerous tunnels of the underground and its stations. They had been forced to survive on...more
Paul Nelson
Metro 2033 ***1/2

I wanted so much to like this book, after all it spawned a fantastic game and soon to be realized film(hopefully sooner rather than later) that MGM have bought the rights to. The concept of the story is excellent and one of the best post-apocalyptic ideas and atmospheres I have read but the story itself is overlong and fails to build any tension mainly due to being fleshed out almost ridiculously so in parts.

The story is set twenty years after the planet was ruined by nuclear wa...more
Kat
THE END OF THIS REVIEW HAS SPOILERS

Absolutely loved this book. I loved how complex the side characters were - I was always torn between excitement that the plot was moving on and sadness that I didn't have time to learn more about everyone, they're that interesting.
The plot itself never goes where you expect it to, always unseating you whenever you start to feel "comfortable" and it never lets you guess where it's going.
I loved the complexity of the metro system. This does mean that the book is...more
slayra
RATING: 3.5 stars.

Num futuro não muito distante, no seguimento de uma guerra desastrosa que destruiu o mundo, o que resta da Humanidade vive no subsolo para se proteger da radiação e de criaturas de pesadelo que substituíram o Homem no topo da cadeia alimentar. Alguns milhares de pessoas sobrevivem, a custo, no metro de Moscovo sem saberem se são os últimos da sua raça. Quando a estação de VDNKh se vê ameaçada por estranhas criaturas mutantes, um jovem, Artyom, é mandado através dos escuros e mi...more
Emelie
Bleh.

No. Interesting concept that wasn't used to its fullest.

Boring main character - don't care what happens to him or what he has to say and what he thinks.

Awful, boring, unengaging language. The dialogue was laughable, the writing all in all was... meh. I don't know how much it is due to the translator but, didn't work at all.

Info dumps. While it is necessary to present the metro and the stations and the like it was confusing and not done very well.

Too much babbling and rambling of unimpo...more
Sooz
man. this book started off s00000 well. a quest! who doesn't love a story about a quest. it is one of our oldest and most popular frameworks for stories be it opera, film, poem or story. and what a premise. the last of the Moscow population living (ala Beneath the Planets of the Apes) in the metro stations and tunnels beneath the bombed out radio-active remains of the city. so what went wrong on me? warning there be spoilers ahead. not completely give the ending away and ruin the whole story spo...more
T
The premise of Metro 2033 is excellent, and the ultimate conclusion of the story (the last 10 pages), though treading on an overused SF trope, could have added an excellent undercurrent to the plot. Yet, in-between the opening and the ending, there is over 400 pages of, well, nothing. After introducing the setting, the main character, Artyom, is sent on a quest by someone he just met, for reasons which are not elaborated upon, to the ultimate purpose of doing...something. That's a great way to s...more
Will Sharland
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Debbie van der Zande
Uitgeverij Glagoslav is nieuw in Nederland, maar ze beginnen allerminst voorzichtig. Gloechovski's Metro 2033 had zich al bewezen in het thuisland, maar dat is niet altijd een garantie op succes in een klein landje als Nederland. Zeker niet met een ellenlange politieke en historische introductie van de fictionele wereld in Metro 2033. De Russische namen worden opgesomd, terwijl de vertelstem doorratelt over de totstandkoming van de triestigheid van het nu, in 2033. Wel een beetje heftig, die eer...more
Knjigoholičarka
Godina je 2033-ća, i nakon nuklearnog rata, malobrojno preživelo stanovništvo Moskve spas je pronašlo u moskovskom metrou. Tu su ponovo uspeli da izgrade neku vrstu društvene zajednice, živeći po stanicama metroa, reflektujući u ovom mikrokosmosu nekadašnje podele po političkoj, profesionalnoj i verskoj osnovi... stanice postaju mini-države, ujedinjujući se u saveze ili ratujući među sobom, dok se nad metro nadvija opasnost od najezde mutiranih bića sa površine - crnih... mladi Artem, sa stanice...more
Robert Slaven
As post-apocalyptic dystopias go, Metro 2033 is probably the darkest and most frightening I've ever read. Humans struggling to survive in a harsh environment and surrounded by threats ranging from mutated humans to rats to entirely new weird life forms is one thing. But add in the supernatural/psychological threats, and you're left with a setting that is darker than dark. The story is rich, detailed, very believable but also always new and thrilling and leaving you with many exciting "WTF?" mome...more
Breton
A tale with a very interesting premise that fails to deliver.

having played the game of the same name, I was interested to see if the book was just as good (or better, as they usually are) than its screen twin. It was not.

The story is filtered through the eyes of Artyom, our noble(?) Russian protagonist on a journey through the post-apocalyptic underground metro tunnels, now turned into settlements populated by survivors from the surface. Artyom is exactly what you would want him to be...and by...more
Sherwood
For a book that's translated into English, Metro 2033 is surprisingly easy to read. The story as a whole flows nicely from chapter to chapter, and as far as apocalyptic fiction goes, the underground world that the author constructed is believable, even though some of the super natural happenings are borderline absurd. However, for folks who found the video game version first, don't expect too much action in the book. The book version of the story reads more like a introduction to atheism and mys...more
Aleksandrs
Es izlasīju Dmitrija Glukhovska darbu "Metro 2033". Šo darbu man ieteica izlasīt cilvēks, kurš pats šo grāmatu ir izlasījis vairākas reizes un pēc visām pozitīvajām lietām, kuras viņš teica par šo grāmatu, beidzot es pats izlēmu izlasīt to. Šīs grāmatas žanrs ir novele un tās notikumi pārsvarā norisinās Krievijas pilsētas metro.
Šīs grāmatas notikumi sākas ar kodolsprādzienu, kurš iznīcina lielu daļu Krievijas iedzīvotāju. Šis kodolsprādziens iznīcināja gandrīz visus Krievijas iedzīvotājus. Spr...more
Nikola
Metro 2033 prati ustaljeni tok fantastičnog romana. Mlad, neiskusan glavni junak, putovanje zarad izvršenja važnog, presudnog zadatka o kojem ni sam ne zna dovoljno, usputno spoznavanje spoljnog ali i unutrašnjeg sveta, te suočavanje sa zlim bićem koje izjeda prirodnu ravnotežu. Sve je tu.

Knjiga je to o ljudima. O životnom putu, sukobu filozofija i pogleda na svet, svetlosti i tami, te naposletku surovoj istini. Priča o ljudskoj prirodi vešto skrivena iza maske fantastike, koja će čitaoca na kr...more
Silvia
It is the year 2033, and people are both forgetting who they are and remembering what they could be.
Not an easy read, certainly not in the first 150 pages or so, but later on it proves a very good post-apocalyptic SF, exceptionally written. Plenty of action and plenty of introspection, and a character that continues to evolve in such a natural way that it never seems forced, never pushed too far. Some passages are even so full with suspense that you'll find yourself holding on to the book as if...more
Lena
Not so good as I expected at first, because it kind of dragged on at several points and got tiring.But it had nice post apocalyptic atmosphere with emphasis on how people in such conditions would get frightened at everything,would create such rumors and believe in them that in other times would seem ridiculous and would form around their beliefs with stronger passion in order to have something to live for.I liked the ending, too.However somehow i feel that the plot was not so strong and somethin...more
Myriad
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There is a great idea here (metro), a very good atmosphere, but dynamics, deeper characters and removal of cliches and deus ex machina is necessary to bring this to a higher level.
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Sammet
Aug 27, 2011 Sammet rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sammet by: Emma Lövgren
Shelves: favorites
This is another of those futuristic, science-fiction apocalypse novels. Yet, it definitely isn't. Dmitry Glukhovsky adds and extracts many elements that makes it so different from our ordinary sci-fi that I just couldn't do anything but read along. Because truth be told - if this isn't a page-turner, I don't know what it is. Sadly, my Russian is non-existent and I had to resort to reading a Swedish translation, however the prose in the book satisfied my lust for an extremely well-written book.

No...more
Evilynn
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Laura
Wow. Only a Russian could write something so deep, dark and hopeless, twisting your guts in an iron fist. The ending felt like a punch to the gut. Often I felt the language was twitchy and unclear, some word choices not as smooth as they could have been but I'm going to attribute that to the translation and not to the writer. The stations all generally blended together, none of the characters particularly stood out but the premise on its own was enough to make me interested. Some things felt too...more
Marie
Oct 01, 2011 Marie rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: scifi
I grew up a scifi addict and can get through nearly anything just because it is SciFi, this skill was needed because this book is diabolically bad. I am pretty sure that the writing is crap in Russian along the level of a talented 17 year old with a big imagination. I am unsure because it seems that the translator used Google translate to do her work meaning that the translation is crap too. Where the hell was the editor who should have noticed that some of the words where so obviously incorrect...more
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