Dmitry Glukhovsky introduced me to post-apocalyptic horror genre, and reminded me just how good a horror filled suspense can be (I believe it is not “healthy” to keep reading too much of same genre: stories start blending together and you realize you’re not finding much new. Even grands like King didn’t impress me much by that day). And if I’m not wrong, Metro 2033 was the first book that kept me awake, for I just wanted to know more, and more, with every finished chapter or page. I guess few real eerie dreams it gave me has something to do with wakefulness too…
I have a tough time reading in Russian, so I went with Lithuanian translations (I have not yet read Futu.re, simply don’t have it yet: if anyone feels generous, I will gladly accept a gift). The very first translation was made by our infamous grands of poor translations and blew in all of our faces. Still, I struggled through it, since I had that book, and it was just that good. But by then I already heard this odd rumor in the wind of there being another publishing house that took it up themselves to re-translate the first book, and translate the second one, Metro 2034 too. When time came to get the second book, I made up my mind, gave away the previous copy I had, and bought two brand new ones by publishers Novelita. I wish to add, that second book has AMAZING illustrations.
I remember the sensation of complete and utter void when I realized there is no more Metro 2033 books to read. Some truly good books leave you reeling, ready to bounce off walls. It’s hard to get into reading after that, since you still breathe the life you just finished living. After all, the story is great. World War III has destroyed the world under nuclear bombs, which resulted in surface becoming unsuitable for humans to live upon. What remained of humanity: huddles together in Moscow Metro station that dupes as bomb shelter. Only the bravest, and the most desperate go up to the surface, in hopes to salvage something that’d keep them alive. For if you can somehow outlive the radiation, there’s monsters and mutants to get you. Some will tear you apart, others will just kill you and eat you. But there are kinds that work far below the skin and bones. After all non has return from Kremlin, with it’s hypnotizing red star atop, to tell the tale of what drawn them there, or what awaits in the darkness behind the doors. Metro tunnels have monsters too, of course, but most dangerous ones are usually avoidable, or can be dealt with by this sort-of army Metro has. And the less dangerous breed is taken care of by local authorities of current Metro station, or those who are the most hungry. Neither of these breeds are the most dangerous. The scariest ones are those who originate on surface, but try to come down into Metro. For that fact alone proves them to be too organized, and much too smart: humans are weak, fairly slow, decent meal. These particular ones have shiny black skin and large black eyes, and nothing stops them. You leave a whole round worth of bullet holes in one, and it just keeps on going. And if it does fall – next one is right behind it. Who are these creatures? The death of what’s left of human race? Or the next step in evolution?
Of course I have played games too. And I admit, I hate FPS for it gives me serious motion sickness, and I never play horror games. But Metro 2033 story was just too good to pass up, so I went with it, and was first in line to get Last Light too. By then I already knew that Metro 2035 the book will be related to that game. And as we know now: it starts where the game ends.
So, yes. Metro 2035 was promised to us a year or two ago, but as long as it comes out: we have to learn to wait patiently and not rush the artists (many shitty video games have proved that, same goes for books, people). After all, it did come out when it did come out. Russian version, and Polish translation are already present in the world, English one being in the works. But as a Lithuanian, with so many terrible publishers being on top, and so many good ones going under, I learned to not expect full series to be translated. E.g. we’ve got first three Vampire Chronicles books, and most likely will never see the rest, for way too many years have already passed. Then there are those translations of those books that just came out way too late after series were “concluded”, like Peter Freund books of Laura. And on top of that, you can’t exactly expect the big guys to reply to you, like ever. Still, I checked my Metro 2033 books, and went straight ahead to Novelita page, kindly asking them whether we’ll get it, and how the date is of no concern if they can’t provide it.
And they said yes.
Thank You, Novelita! And Dmitry Glukhovsky, for these are marvelous books.