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Metro 2033

(Metro Series #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  32,137 ratings  ·  2,081 reviews
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
Paperback, First U.S. English Edition, 458 pages
Published January 17th 2013 by Future Corp. (first published July 1st 2005)
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Taswa Its very depressing, and quite different. Thats why I recomend it. You grow a little if you read it. Ofcoures I would recomend you read it when older…moreIts very depressing, and quite different. Thats why I recomend it. You grow a little if you read it. Ofcoures I would recomend you read it when older to understand and follow it better, but even at younger ages it has its benefits.(less)

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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
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Метро 2033 = Metro 2033, Dmitry Glukhovsky
Metro 2033 (Russian: Метро 2033) is a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel by Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky. It is set in the Moscow Metro, where the last survivors hide after a global nuclear holocaust. It was published in 2005 in Russia and on March 28, 2010 in the United States. In 2013, a nuclear war occurred, forcing a large amount of Moscow's surviving population to relocate to underground metro stations in search of refuge. Eventually, the co
Ahmed H. Mansour
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
OH MY GOD....I can`t believe I`ve just finished this book....The best last stand for humanity I`ve ever read

Now...Imagine this with me...A guy walking in the streets of a post apocalyptic dead city when no one and (nothing) should be on the surface, And then he notices these dark things walking slowly behind him, He can`t turn around and shot any of them, If he starts runing he`s dead, and above his head in the sky he can hear this winged thing circling around, looking for a prey...Now what shou
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
This is a cult-classic dystopia that managed to catapult high despite originally being given away for free a little more than a decade ago. It's a testament of word-of-mouth.

I found myself curious even before having this recommended to me, but I'm only now getting around to reading it. For shame, right?

This is very much a Russian tale with everything that implies. Post-nuclear survival tale within the metro tunnels, humanity becoming Morlocks and strange flying creatures preventing any egress.
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
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Are you tired of stupid Young Adult books with stupid protagonists who are worried about who they should kiss rather than how to survive? Then this is for you.
Real survival, real struggle, and a very elaborated setting take Metro 2033 to new levels of "things went wrong here".

This book won't try to babysit you, so don't expect an easy read.
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
Dec 19, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction, junk
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
I am unfortunately forced to put this book on hold.

I'm not quite sure why. There was a point where I just lost interest entirely. It's not bad, far from it. The opening chapters were very interesting, and made the promise of a fascinating postapocalyptic setting in the Moscow metro. However, I just lost the thread at some point. I started reading other books on the side, and eventually I was no longer interested in picking this one back up. I tried a few times, but could never find the desire to
May 21, 2017 rated it liked it

در سال ٢٠١٣،دنيا،در جنگ جهاني سوم و اتمي نابود شده است.پس از ٢٠ سال،اكنون در سال ٢٠٣٣ زندگي بر روي سطح زمين غير ممكن و كشنده است.هوا پر از تشعشعات راديو اكتيو است كه در صورت تنفس و يا تماس با پوست باعث مرگ ميشود.خورشيد ويرانگر تر از هميشه اشعه هايش را بر زمين ميتاباند.در اين شرايط بازمانده هاي شهر مسكو به تونلهاي زيرزميني و تو در توي متروي مسكو پناه اورده اند.حال ايستگاههاي مترو تبديل به شهرهايي با قانون و مرزهاي خودشان شده اند.ايستگاههايي كه فرمانده خودشان را دارند،عبور و مرور از انها گذرنامه م
Γιώργος Δάμτσιος
Πρώτο βιβλίο της χρονιάς (αν και κανονικά σχεδόν όλο διαβάστηκε πέρσι).
Σε γενικές γραμμές μου άρεσε, αυτά που το κράτησαν λιγάκι πιο κάτω στη βαθμολογία, σχεδόν δεν έχουν να κάνουν καν μ' αυτό, αφού:

-Ήξερα αρκετά για την πλοκή εκ των προτέρων, τόσο από το βιντεοπαιχνίδι όσο και από ένα φόρουμ που είχα περιηγηθεί παλιότερα.
-Διάβασα πολλούς σύγχρονους Αμερικανούς σερί το τελευταίο δίμηνο και λίγο επηρεάστηκα από τη Δυτική λογοτεχνία, με αποτέλεσμα ο Ρώσος να μου φανεί λίγο πιο εκτός των συνηθ
Jan 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bei russischer Literatur fallen einem doch immer zuerst die vielen Klassiker ein, aber bei zeitgenössischer Genreliteratur bin ich völlig unwissend. Daher hat es mich sehr interessiert, diesen postapokalyptischen russischen Roman zu lesen, um zu sehen, ob sich dieser von westlichen Dystopien unterscheidet.

Fazit: Ja, eindeutig, Metro 2033 ist wirklich anders. Nicht von der Geschichte, sondern vom Erzählstil, der mich äußerst positiv überraschte. Dieses Dunkle und Schwermütige, was man von andere
Feb 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: all-time-favs
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
Jun 08, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I love a good dystopia, and Metro 2033 delivers a particularly interesting example of the type. Glukhovsky's vision of the remnants of human society huddling in the damp and eerie darkness of the Moscow metro while surviving on rats and carefully cultivated mushrooms is a fascinating scenario (Although I kept wondering how we would fare here in Melbourne where our subway consists of only four stations- we don't have much space for a post-apocalyptic microcosm of society down there!).

After the su
Vladimir Ćeha
Ovo je roman koji sam odavno hteo da pročitam, igrao sam i video igru. Ideja je sjajna: u budućnosti dolazi do nuklearnog rata, čovečanstvo biva zbrisano sa lica zemlje, a preživeli traže utočište u moskovskom metrou. Stanice su sada nalik na polise: neke su samostalne, a neke se udružuju i na taj način postaju moćnije. Gore, na površini, lutaju mutanti izobličeni radijacijom, a pojedini se čak nalaze i u mračnim tunelima metroa.

Realizacija je, nažalost, nešto slabija. Radnja je troma, pa se čit
People, you say? No, my friend, they are beasts. They are a pack of jackals. They were preparing to tear us apart. And they would have. But they forgot one thing. They are jackals but I am a wolf.

Most people who come to Metro 2033 probably do so after playing the excellent video game adaptation (you can see the trailer here). The game is an immersive first person shooter with great atmosphere, and has received very favorable reviews. I completed it once, and would like to do so again one day.
Catherine Ford
Jul 04, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian

I will begin with a bit of background for you, since the blurb on this book is pretty useless in explaining what this book is about. In 2013, there was a massive nuclear war. I read the entire book, and am still not 100% sure why or what exactly happened, but never mind that. So the world has gone to hell in a handcart. Everything was blasted with nuclear weapons and biological weapons. This caused evil radiation to spread all over and kill the people and
Eirini Proikaki
Μόσχα ,έτος 2033.Ο κόσμος έχει καταστραφεί μετά απο πυρηνικό πόλεμο.Μερικές χιλιάδες άνθρωποι κατάφεραν να επιβιώσουν προστατευμένοι μέσα στις σήραγγες και τους σταθμούς του μετρό και έχουν δημιουργήσει έναν ολόκληρο υπόγειο κόσμο.Η ζωή τους όμως απειλείται απο μεταλλαγμένα πλάσματα που έχουν βρει τρόπο να εισχωρήσουν και ο νεαρός ήρωας μας ο Αρτιόμ,μετά απο παραίνεση του μυστηριώδη Χάντερ ξεκινάει ένα ταξίδι προς το κέντρο γνώσης του μετρό για να ζητήσει βοήθεια.Στο ταξίδι του έρχεται αντιμέτωπ ...more
Davor Petričević

Metro je knjiga o društvu koje nakon nuklearnog rata početkom 21. stoljeća živi u podzemnoj željeznici Moskve. Radnje se odvija, kako i naslov sugerira, u 2033. godini prateći glavnog junaka koji silom prilika krene na put po stanica moskovske podzemne željeznice s točno određenom misijom. Na površini vladaju mutanti, a ljudi su prisiljeni živjeti ispod zemlje zbog opasnosti od radijacije u metrou, koji je zapravo i izgrađen kao atomsko/nukle
Liviu Szoke
Mult prea lungă și prea stufoasă ca să reprezinte o lectură facilă. Acțiunea trenează în multe locuri, iar filozofările multor personaje afectează acțiunea și povestea. Nu știu cum e jocul, dar mi-am imaginat că în carte vor fi lupte continue cu mutanți prin tunelurile metroului moscovit. Chiar dacă nu pare un personaj vrednic de ceva, Artiom este foarte reușit și se dovedește a fi un ascultător remarcabil de răbdător și de rezistent de-a lungul misiunii sale. Finalul întoarce povestea cu o sută ...more
Elizabeth Sagan
DNF-ed after 100 pages, so I'm not going to give it a rating.

It was 100% telling and no showing. Adding the Dostoyevsky-ish style... not for me. Which is a shame, cause I'm a fan of post apocalyptic, dystopian books. I loved the plot (even though I would have liked to know more about what happened), but the writing style is just bleah.

My favourite parts where those where they talked about the outside world. About the radiations, about the sun etc.

But this is a no from me.
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Beka Adamashvili
ვისაც მოსკოვის მეტროთი უმგზავრია და ამ სადგურების დიდი ნაწილი აქვს გავლილი, მისთვის, ალბათ, კიდევ უკეთესი იქნება. ჩვენს მეტროზე რომ გადმოვიტანოთ, ალბათ, სასაცილო პოსტაპოკალიპტური გარემო გამოვიდოდა და ას გვერდში მორჩებოდა, მაგრამ მაინც საინტერესო შეიძლება ყოფილიყო.

მარტივად იკითხება, "ბრძნული საუბრებიც" მარტივი ენით არის, სიუჟეტიც ნორმალური - ერთ დღეში რომ წაგაკითხებს თავს, ცუდი არ უნდა იყოს. ნეტაი, წიგნის კორექტორი არ დაღლილიყო ბოლოში, მაგრამ ეგ წგინის ღრისებებს ჩდრილს დდად ვერ აყნეებს :3
Dec 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Das war mein erstes Sci Fi Buch, das aus Russland kommt. Ich mag russische Literatur und dieses Buch hat mich auch nicht enttäuscht. Ich fand es gut geschrieben, ich glaube sogar, es war das erste mal, dass ich die beklemmenden gruseligen Fährte durch die Tunnel fast spüren konnte. Das von Glukhovsky geschaffte Universum ist sehr komplex, und vllt daran lag, dass ich ein Stern abgezogen habe - es ist einfach viel zu viel. Artjom entdeckt andere Menschen, Bräuche, Lebensphilosophien auf jeder Met ...more

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
The Frahorus
Avevo sentito parlare di questo romanzo di genere post-apocalittico quando l'autore lo pubblicò nel lontano 2005 ma non avevo mai preso la decisione di leggerlo. Finalmente mi sono deciso (spinto anche da un consiglio di un amico) e l'ho divorato.

Ci troviamo in un vicino futuro, il 2033, e dopo una Terza Guerra Mondiale, direi Guerra Atomica, i pochi sopravvissuti umani si sono rifugiati, per non essere colpiti dalle radiazioni, nella metropolitana di Mosca, la più grande metropolitana al mondo
Петър Панчев
Глуховски създава динамичен метро-свят
Цялото ревю тук:

Малко късно започнах тази книга, но никак не съжалявам. „Метро 2033“ („Сиела“, 2008, с превод на Васил Велчев) ми е нещо като ново завръщане към литературна Русия. От доста време пренебрегвам руските съвременни автори, но вече е време да си припомня онова, с което са световно известни – фантастиката. Напоследък Дмитрий Глуховски се радва на почит в България и ще е странно, ако не погледна и аз за какв
Caro the Helmet Lady
I was seriously going to give it 4 stars, because yeah, I really liked it, and that was it, but last chapter changed everything. You broke my heart, Glukhovsky, you bastard.

Hmm, but I still have some questions. Need to think about it all one more time.
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Dmitry Glukhovsky (Russian: Дмитрий Глуховский) is a professional Russian author and journalist. Glukhovsky started in 2002 by publishing his first novel, Metro 2033, on his own website to be viewed for free. The novel has later become an interactive experiment, drawing in many readers, and has since been made into a video game for the Xbox 360 console and PC. Glukhovsky is known in Russia for his ...more

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