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Metro 2033 really is like nothing I've ever read/heard before, and the plot never follows your expectations. There are multitude of characters, and no matter how briefly they appear, you get the sense that they are beings in their own rights, who have full lives that happen to momentarily interconnect with Artyom's, as opposed to being literary devices to serve the plot's goals - something I have rarely come across. I've never had such a curiousity towards so many characters, and when you leave one behind, you are torn between excitement for the plot advancement and a sort of "wait, I want to learn more about this guy!".
The is a lot of backstory and explanatory asides in Metro 2033, particularly in the early chapters, however it never feels dull or slow, and it does really help to set the scene. I loved hearing about the different politics and religions that are found at each station, as you could really feel the amount of thought and skill that has been put in to making each station as unique as each character.
Rupert Degas should be praised for being an absolute joy to listen to. Having absolutely no familiarity with Russian, and seeing things like "VDNKh" in the blurb, I was worried that I would get lost in all the names and places, but Rupert is clear and enunciate. Furthermore he makes each character's voice distinct, so that you can easily tell who is speaking, without having to rely on "said ...." markers.
My only tiny gripe is that it was not very scary, as I was expecting - however this might be that the friend who recommended it to me over-hyped this aspect in an effort to get me to read/listen to his favourite book.
On the whole - an engaging and fascinating book full of rich detail that is incredibly well read. I highly recommend.
19 of 19 people found this review helpful
What a great book this is,
It'll give you chills and you'll dream about the heart pounding terrifying moments. Not a moment of rest from the amazing story always pacing ahead with the steady feeling of growth of the main character and with absolut absence of repetition. Not two scenes are alike and every scene is unique in its originality, you'll never get bored and will always want to get to the next chapter because you know that something amazing will happen, but at the same time you'll regret getting to the end of the chapter you're at because it is so very entertaining. Some scenes will freeze the blood in your veins.
The narrator is just perfect as well.
Get this a-book, you'll thank me later.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I started playing the game before reading this book, and finished them both together, there are almost no spoilers shared between the video game and the book, on the contrary, they compliment each other better than any other book+movie or book+video-game I have seen so far.
I recommend you do them both together, don't start one after you finish the other, trust me it will make the experiences on both mediums much more amazing than any one would have been on its own..
I myself play a lot of games but if you don't, I think you might even enjoy it more, you can find the game cheap on online digital stores.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up Metro 2033 in three words, what would they be?
Psychological horror adventure
Who was your favorite character and why?
The main character development during the story makes him very interresting. It also makes you question yourself during the story if you would share his views or not as the story progresses.
Which scene was your favorite?
When the main character is returing to his home station and he start asking himself about everything that has happen to him and he survived and others did not.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
A story that will make you question your own place in the world and what is truly valuable and what is not.
Any additional comments?
The book itself is a bit hard to read on its own. Mainly because it was translated in a very google-like way. With the audiobook, however, it becomes much easier to follow the story all the way to the end. I recommend when you buy the book to buy this audiobook as well. I will guarantee that you will not be dissapointed when you do that.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful