Metro 2033 – Book Review


Metro 2033 is a post-apocalyptic horror/science fiction novel by Dmitry Glukhovsky, which is set in the underground subway tunnels, or Metro, of post-nuclear war Moscow in the year 2033. The world had destroyed itself with nuclear weapons twenty years earlier, and now the remaining few thousand survivors live and fight in the underground tunnels, wherein each station has become its own city-state. Some stations form alliances, which trade and war with each other over space, food, clean water, and other basic necessities, while also fending off giant mutated animals like rats, and feral people from the darkest corners of the Metro.

The story follows Artyom, a twenty-year-old boy from the station VDNKh. He is visited one day by a friend of his father, Hunter, who is a member of the Order, a special military organization from Polis, the conglomeration of stations in the center of the Metro. Hunter was sent to VDNKh to hunt down a new breed of intelligent mutants, called Homo Novus, or the Dark Ones, that are a threat to every person in the Metro. He tells Artyom to go to Polis to warn everyone about this new danger, and along the way, Artyom experiences the horrors people are capable of when scared and left alone. He meets communists, monsters, anti-mutant fascists, savages, and other bad things, but makes friends with some of the few good people left in this dark world, and they work together to end the Dark Ones and save humanity.