“Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky
Incredible sci-fi set in a post-apocalyptic world where the only humans to survive are those who were lucky enough to be caught in the Moscow subway system when the nukes came raining down. Humans survive on pork and mushrooms. Humans are under constant attack by ‘monsters’ from the surface that make incursions into the subway system. Are there any survivors outside of the Moscow Metro? We don’t know.
The atmosphere is just great in this one. It’s creepy, and you can feel the sense of claustrophobia when the main character walks from station to station. I am a very visual person, so I printed a Moscow subway map so I could follow where the characters were going. This isn’t necessary, but I think it’s cool to see where the real subway stations are. Sometimes when he describes some of the subway stations, I would hop on my phone and look at a picture of the real station. If you didn’t know, Moscow has a very beautiful subway system so check it out!
I like the ideas that he plays with in this story. Will humans every work together? What cults take hold of people’s imagination? Do we lose our humanity, or draw closer together?
The main plot is that Artyom has to deliver a message to a certain person in a certain station. Along the way he meets many different characters and sees all sorts of different governments in the different stations. He gets in lots of scrapes but miraculously, through fate, or the help of others, survives. Once he does deliver the message, the mission changes.
I was enthralled with this one from the beginning. This is the sort of book you need to curl up with in bed with the lights really low and read by yourself.
I have started reading the sequel Metro 2034. I don’t have very high hopes for it, but it will be in the same world which I enjoyed so it shouldn’t be that bad.
Rating: ★★★★★ Book #72 in my #ReadingChallenge2021 #DmitryGlukhovsky #PostApocalyptic #Moscow #Future #SciFi #ScienceFiction”,