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Dmitry Glukhovsky – Metro 2035

2035Let me tell you straight away, I’m angry. I am very angry at “Metro 2035” book by Dmitry Glukhovsky (ISBN 1539930726; 497p.; Goodreads), the final book in the story. All that you might have loved about those books is destroyed here. You’ve been lied to, you’ve been deceived. This is no better than another Silo/Wool book, because all I hated about those is now true here.

Artyom, for hell knows what reasons, keeps fighting his way out of the station, onto the surface. There he climbs the highest towers, undisturbed by anything living, with not a single monster in sight. Then he takes out his radio, and tries to contact the rest of the world, hoping that the Moscow Metro, the same one that thinks him a hero for ridding the world of the Dark Ones, is not the only humanity left. Only his own station knows the truth, and thinks him a madman. They believe that the Dark Ones, back in the day, cracked his brain a tad bit, and constant exposure to radiation is by far not helping the condition. They’re getting more annoyed by a day, for, by going out, what’s he dragging back in? All that opening and closing of the seals can’t be healthy. And it’s hardly a coincidence, that the mushrooms, the same ones whole Metro is eating as main source of food, is now suffering a devastating plague.

Homer travels all the way to the station Hero lives in, hoping to hear his story from his own lips, hoping to write a book. In the end, it wasn’t just Miller who mentioned Artyom, but Hunter too. He has to see this legendary young man, and find out why he, he alone, the savior of this Metro, believes that he doomed the humanity by destroying its worst enemy – the Dark Ones.

 

I loved the first book. Nothing was real in the darkness, and you could trust no senses. The voice might be real, but it might as well be the dark seeping through your ears, telling you lies. Artyom, in the dark, was told to stop once, and he did. And that saved his life. I loved the second book too. Hunter was a broken man. Dark Ones tried to communicate, but found his mind incompatible, thus accidentally, or purposefully, splitting it. Now he lives with madness inside of him, and constantly battles his other self. And then there’s this shit. Whatever you loved – is a lie. Whatever you liked – was faked. To add to that, the plot has ridiculous holes to it too. So I give it 3 out of 5, merely because of good wishes, and memories of those other good books. Metro 2035 is a book about mushrooms. Metro saga ended at ’34.

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Metro 2035 in Lithuania?

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.

 

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