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Metro 2033
by Dmitry Glukhovsky
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PublisherGollancz
Release Date2011-04-01 (added to CC 15 Jun 2012)
Amazon Sales Rank12,789
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.

Member Reviews
(10 Mar)
For starters, I must confess that I am a huge fan of everything post-apocalyptic. But then again I am a huge fan of almost everything on this earth.

The name Metro 2033 first attracted my attention when I was looking for good crime focused thrillers, I do not know why but for some reason the name made me think that I had a good crime book on my hands. A boy was I wrong.

After the first paragraphs, I knew how I had mistaken, I had been in such a hurry that I didn't even read the back. But it didn't matter, the world and characters were so lifelike, so real and so absolutely amazing that I simply couldn't stop reading the book. Without spoiling the story, let me say that it is thrilling, exciting, in places happy and in its own way scary at times. I've never been afraid of metros but after putting the book down I thought how possible it would be that behind maintenance doors there would be something else than just fuses and cables. There are also extremely sad moments towards the end of the book.

I think Metro 2033 is a must read to anyone who is interested in post-apocalyptic adventures like I am, and no, you won't be stuck in the metro for the whole book.
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