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Metro 2033 is a post apocalyptic novel written by Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky. The novel was translated from Russian so may suffer slightly in that respect.
It is the story of a young man called Artyom who lives a completely dull life on the VDNKh station of the Moscow Metro undergound rail system. His origins are less than dull but not worth spoiling for the sake of a review, suffice to say his start in life is not an easy one but his life up to where we join it is less than spectacular.
This is probably why when Hunter, a friend of his Uncle, turns up he decides to go out into the world beyond his station to fulfill the task Hunter gives him. The background of the book isn't great, no real explanation is given for the cause of what was obviously World War 3 which drove their ancestors into the Metro tunnels seeking shelter from the radiation.
It is clearly some post nuclear situation as mutants and mutations are discussed and mentioned often, they are one of the many bogeymen that inhabit Artyoms underground world. Artyoms journey is one of those epic treks, overcoming massive odds, facing up to foreign political & idealogical views from his own.
If you dont want to be fed Fascism, Cannabilism & Communism (amongst other things) then my advice would be to steer well clear of this book. Its fairly well written but its overly long for the sake of it, many things are described in the most minute of detail only to then be completely pointless with no relation to plot, characters or progression of storyline. On the whole the plot progresses fairly well and characters are quite well rounded but Glukhovskys mania for minutae can get very annoying really fast.
The book itself may have suffered rather badly in translation as it doesn't appear to have been proof read very well (if in fact at all) as there are many spelling mistakes, words and whole sentances are repeated in places too.
The book suffers for these easily fixed small points. I can't say as whether the original version of the book comes with any kind of map (as I read the ebook) but access to a station layout map would vastly improve the readability of what is a quite heavy tome.
It doesn't seem to have any real conclusion as such, the plot just tapers off and ends rather abruptly. Again possibly this is a translation issue although I have discovered there is a sequal to this book which may pick up the unfinished threads of Artyoms life.
If you like post apocalyptic fiction then I can recommend the book in that respect, it may not be destined for greatness as a piece of literature but its certainly fairly readable and may even improve with re-reads.
(this review also appears on Ciao! I am the original author)