Metro 2033 | Dmitry Glukhovsky | Book Review

Spoiler Free Review

I’ve played the Metro game series on my PC. And oh my god, the games’ story hit me hard and made me emotional.

So, I decided to read the books to know to delve deeper into the Metro world. And Oh My! The books don’t disappoint! Reading the books just elevated the experience of the game!

Title: Metro 2033
Author: Dmitry Glukhovsky
Genre: Fiction | Horror | Science Fiction | Philosophy
Pages: 458
GR Rating: 4
First Published: 2002
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

My Thoughts

Set in a post-apocalyptic Moscow where humans took refuge underground and made the underground Metro their home, this book is the story of Artyom who goes on a journey through the metro to seek help for his home Station which was being attacked by unknown beings called the Dark ones which gave nightmares to people are terrorised the entire station.

In other words, this is a “coming of age” book of a youth named Artyom in the Metro!

Artyom’s journey was anything but boring. This 400+ page book sets up the world beneath and has a perfect balance between what is being shared and what the entire truth is which kept me hooked to know more.

After playing the game, I expected quite a lot of mutated animals and above the surface adventures. But that was not the case in the book. You will have to expect a lot of philosophy in the book about the life of humans.

The book brings out the basal instincts of humans in desperate times and speaks about how humans come up with religion, ideologies and politics after a major reset.

The book has a tension that kept me uneasy all through which made me expect something unwelcome happens all through the book. This is also a book that speaks about fascism, communism and the free world.

I had not expected a horror book to speak about humanity to such an extent. And yeah, there were few genuine moments of horror equalling the thrill of watching horror movies. I really am out of words when I try to think how Dmitry had even written so beautifully!

What I really liked about the book:

I loved the setting, the imagination to pen down the entire world into a series of metro stations and tunnels.

The book had a perfect balance of horror, suspense, thrill and philosophy!

What I didn’t like about the book:

I guess the descriptions could’ve been better. I guess I was able to relate to the Moscow metro because of the game, but those who haven’t experienced it in real life or the game would find it a little hard to follow the way and the stations in the story.

And there were times where I skipped paragraphs when the philosophy seemed a bit too much and was sort of digressing from the storyline.

My Recommendation

I would recommend this book if you love conspiracy theories, philosophy and just delve into a good horror thriller!

If you are someone who aren’t a fan of philosphy, then you could rather watch videos on youtube with the entire storyline of the game!

I Would Rate it:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

So, here is a song for you.

If you’re interested, you can watch all the cut scenes from the game on youtube.

With that,
More Power to you!


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