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The basis of three bestselling computer games Metro 2033 and Metro Last Light, and Metro: Exodus.
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 a distant memory, the stuff of myth and legend.
More than 20 years have passed since the last plane took off from the earth. Rusted railways lead into emptiness. The ether is void and the airwaves echo to a soulless howling where previously the frequencies were full of news from Tokyo, New York, Buenos Aires. Man has handed over stewardship of the earth to new life-forms. Mutated by radiation, they are better adapted to the new world. Man's time is over.
A few score thousand survivors live on, not knowing whether they are the only ones left on earth. They live in the Moscow Metro - the biggest air-raid shelter ever built. It is humanity's last refuge. Stations have become mini-statelets, their people uniting around ideas, religions, water-filters - or the simple need to repulse an enemy incursion. It is a world without a tomorrow, with no room for dreams, plans, hopes. Feelings have given way to instinct - the most important of which is survival. Survival at any price.
VDNKh is the northernmost inhabited station on its line. It was one of the Metro's best stations and still remains secure. But now a new and terrible threat has appeared. Artyom, a young man living in VDNKh, is given the task of penetrating to the heart of the Metro, to the legendary Polis, to alert everyone to the awful danger and to get help. He holds the future of his native station in his hands, the whole Metro - and maybe the whole of humanity.
Thought provoking, tense and ultimately sad
This book chronicles the journey of Artyom, a survivor of a nuclear war which had forced the pitiful remnants of moscows populace down into the deep dark drepths of the cities metro system.
Decades have passed since the war and life in the metros is dark, hard and unforgiving with humanity reduced to eating mushrooms and living in tents, huddled together on the platforms of the various metro stations, fearful of each other and the darkness of the tunnels and whatever dwells in them.
Artyoms journey seems a simple one, travel from his home station to Polis, a powerful faction in the new underworld and ask for assistance in fighting the ‘dark ones’ who threaten to overun his home and the entire metro system itself.
However the journey is fraught with danger and we find that this story isn’t just about Artyoms trek to Polis but also his spiritual journey in understanding,or at least trying to, his place in the universe, the meaning of life and fate.
There are parts of the book where you can tell the story was translated from Russian to English but it never becomes a problem and serves to remind you that it was written by a Russian author, which somehow makes the book more seem more authentic.
It was hard reading sometimes. Artyom discovers differing ideologies and religious beliefs on his travels throughout the dark, terrifying metro and there are entire pages devoted to these subjects which I found myself skipping as I didn’t really want a lesson in communism or a sermon on a particular belief.
Apart from these minor niggles Metro 2033 is an engrossing read and i found myself wanting to reread the book in order to try an understand more of the story as there was alot to take in the 1st time around.
Recently bought the Metro:Last Light game, and had to buy this book! After reading even through a few pages, I was in awe, at how well thought out this Novel was, and how perfectly executed they transitioned it into the Game!! Worth the Money, Time and Effort!!!
Being a fan of the game series reading through the actual novel has provided a deeper insight to the desolate conditions of the metro system 20 years from now. This book has without a doubt reached my top 5. Just need to wait for an English metro 2034 and the novelisation of metro: last light.
I'd give this 10 stars if it were possible.