HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Metro 2033: Roman by Dmitry Glukhovsky
Loading...

Metro 2033: Roman (original 2005; edition 2008)

by Dmitry Glukhovsky, Dmitry Glukhovsky (Author), M. David Drevs (Übersetzer)

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
1,2344510,184 (3.65)44
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.… (more)
Member:Jisi
Title:Metro 2033: Roman
Authors:Dmitry Glukhovsky
Other authors:Dmitry Glukhovsky (Author), M. David Drevs (Übersetzer)
Info:Heyne Verlag (2008), Taschenbuch, 784 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:***
Tags:None

Work details

Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky (2005)

Recently added bykasiah, Roeghmann, Inan_Mumun, private library, Maus94, Bestieboy666, TangledPages, Zozette, dracul72
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 44 mentions

English (36)  German (4)  Swedish (3)  Italian (1)  Dutch (1)  All languages (45)
Showing 1-5 of 36 (next | show all)
As some people pointed out, the book indeed have some too long, tedious parts that sometimes you just feel like skipping.

Only sometimes. Because some of the descriptive parts are actually key to the book. The story takes place in a post-atomic world, a situation completely new both for humanity (or the remains of it) pictured in the book and the reader. People dominion has been reduced to the dark and often dangerous tunnels of the underground and its stations. They had been forced to survive on rats, pigs and mushroom tea. The light of the sun would reduce them to ashes and the air outside is unbreathable. They have nowhere to go because they have destroyed everything. But even in this extreme situation, they go on fighting between them, annihilating each other, just to get more space, more power.

The main character of the book, Artyom, will have to cross all the underground in order to save not only his beloved station, but maybe the whole world. Unexperienced and still young, many people will help him during his journey but most of them will die on the way. Why? Is his live more valuable than theirs? Is it all worth it? Is it fate? Sheer luck?

The unknown to the reader scenario and Artyom's existential dilemma makes the long description almost a necessity. The narration could have been a little bit more agile, but overall, the author did a good job in transmitting the oppressive, uncertain and deteriorated world where it takes place. That uncertainty and the fact that it all happened because of the stupidity of the humans makes it a hundred times more frightening.

The end is one of the most unexpected I've ever read. A really brilliant, maybe a little rushed and sad, but still brilliant ending. It left me with a strange feeling of emptiness and powerlessness for days.

*Note that I read it in Russian. I don't know how good are the translations, and after reading the reviews, my impression is that they could have been better. ( )
  ksenia.klykova | Oct 1, 2019 |
Metro 2033 is a bit of mixed bag, though some of it may be due to the translation. The overall story and world building are pretty cool, with much of the world being inspired by the Fallout games. The atmosphere is well done, especially when Artyom (the protagonist) is walking in the dark tunnels or exploring the surface. Some horror elements come out during these chapters, and when Artyom is staring down hostile mutants. We don't see much of the politics of the stations, but several factions fighting each other add to the dangers of life in the metro.

As mentioned, the translation may be causing some of the book's failings. Some sentences are worded awkwardly. Though the words are technically used correctly, they are being used in weird ways. An example is the flying creatures "describing" circles over an area. The dialogue also suffers a bit from this, especially during long speeches. This results in characters that seem a little flat and making it hard to keep track of the stations' locations. My edition of the book did not come with a map of the metro, making this even harder.

Two major issues plotwise: The early chapters where Artyom is meandering around the metro felt a little sluggish (possibly from the translation and some long-winded dialogue) and two points where Artyom was about to be executed only to be saved at the last minute. The second time was more believable due to who saved him, but the first time was sheer coincidence by characters who never appear again. ( )
  Cerelin | Feb 25, 2019 |
В 2033 году Земля является непригодной для жизни. Какая-то ядреная война пару десятилетий назад опустошила поверхность и редкие выжившие переехали под землю, чтобы поберечься от излучения. Под землю - как, например, в московское метро.
Станции метро стали настоящими подземными городами, некоторые, как например вся кольцевая линия, даже объединились в союз и оформили настоящую страну, похожую на средневековый торговый союз “Ганзу”. У каждой станции есть собственная идеология, религия или принцип жизни - фашизм, коммунизм и попытка воскресить Советский союз, Свидетели Иеговы, военные, монополистические торговцы, красные бригады - всё это нашло место на какой-то станции. Конечно, это не значит, что станции живут в мире друг с другими - войны между разными альянсами из-за ресурсов и жизненного пространства возникают очень часто.
В таком окружении растёт наш герой - девятнадцатилетний Артём, который с отчимом живёт на станции “ВДНХ”. Когда-то процветающая станция, известная производством хорошего грибного чая (грибы - единственное растение, которое может выжить под землей), на данный момент находится в очень серьёзных проблемах. Рейды так называемых чёрных - людей (или что-то подобное), которые остались на поверхности и прошли мутации из-за излучения - становятся все более частыми. Может-ли Артём сделать что-нибудь, чтобы поберечь свой дом? Он получает задание, которое отвезёт его по всему метро за решением, поэтому, надежда продолжается …
Я считаю, что писатель очень хорошо разобрался с тем, как такой мир, и такое общество, выглядело бы, в случае катастрофы такого масштаба. Все ужасы человеческой природы, которые автор очень внимательно описывает, мне показались правдоподобными, как и маленькие триумфы и добросердечности, которые, хотя редко, всё-таки остались даже в настолько разрушенном мире.
Конечно, там было кое-что, что мне понравилось. В мире, где происходит очень много интересных, хотя ужасных событий, мы много, слишком много времени проводим в голове Артёма, из-за чего иногда трудно прорваться через некоторые отрывки. Кроме того, мне не понравилось, что в романе нет никаких женских персонажей. Одна - давно пропавшая мать Артёма, которая появляется только в его воспоминаниях. Как будто женщин больше не существует.
К счастью, автор компенсировал это с отличным завершением, когда возникнет неожиданный, почти философский поворот (кто действительно монструм в этом мире?). Одна из самых лучших историй о мрачном будущем, которые я прочитал в последних несколько лет.
( )
  matija2019 | Jan 8, 2019 |
The setting of Metro 2033 is very compelling - post apocalypse, the Moscow Metro system has become a microcosmic refuge for survivors. The political and economic interactions of the different groups, as well as the fates of those who are social misfits for one reason or another, form a depressingly apt metaphor for our present society.

I found the protagonist's journey to be slightly excessively capricious and Homeric, and I can't decide whether it's clever or pretentious that the author contrived to embed his argument in a mysterious conversation halfway through the book. However, the only thing that really detracted from my enjoyment of and immersion in the story was the poor (English) translation - it left the narrative feeling clunky and the characters feeling simplistic and wooden. ( )
  evilTak | Oct 14, 2018 |
I did not finish because the English translation was really really really bad. I got up to about 40%. Nice setting, but world-building comes mostly in infodumps. Story seemed interesting though. ( )
  _rixx_ | Aug 30, 2018 |
Showing 1-5 of 36 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors (22 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Dmitry Glukhovskyprimary authorall editionscalculated
Randall, NatashaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wallin, OlaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Information from the German Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Alternative titles
Information from the Polish Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Information from the Russian Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Epigraph
Dear Muscovites and guests to our capital!

The Moscow metro is a form of transportation which involves a heightened level of danger.

- A notice in the metro
Dedication
First words
'Who's there? Artyom - go have a look!'
Quotations
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Publisher series
Original language
Information from the German Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Canonical DDC/MDS

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (2)

No library descriptions found.

Book description
The year is 2033. The world has been reduced to rubble. Humanity is nearly extinct and 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.
Man has handed over stewardship of the earth to new life-forms. Mutated by radiation, they are better adapted to the new world. A few score thousand survivors live on, not knowing whether they are the only ones left on earth, living in the Moscow Metro - the biggest air-raid shelter ever built. Stations have become mini-statelets, their people uniting around ideas, religions, water-filters, or the need to repulse enemy incursion.
VDNKh is the northernmost inhabited station on its line, one of the Metro's best stations and secure. But 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 alert everyone to the danger and to get help. He holds the future of his station in his hands, the whole Metro - and maybe the whole of humanity.
Haiku summary

Quick Links

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (3.65)
0.5
1 10
1.5
2 28
2.5 18
3 66
3.5 34
4 134
4.5 20
5 57

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 140,201,316 books! | Top bar: Always visible