Book Review: Metro 2033

Hey everyone and welcome back to my blog, today’s post is going to be a book review on a book I just finished reading earlier this week, Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky. I’ve been pretty sick this week with a raging cold, so lyaing in bed reading is pretty much the only thing I’ve been able to do, so I thought I’d give you some thoughts on a book I really enjoyed!

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Metro 2033 is a Russian science fiction novel that was later turned into a video game, and it was heavily recommended to me by my boyfriend and given to me by him for Christmas. The story takes place in the year 2033 after the world has been destroyed by a nuclear war. Some of the Russian people were able to survive the fallout of the nuclear blasts by hiding in the subway system, which has now become the home of whats left of humanity. It centers around young Artyom (our protagonist), who must travel throughout the subway system on an epic quest to right what he had wronged many years previously. I loved how Glukhovsky went into incredible detail about how life worked at every metro station and how the history of these people progress over time. I must admit that I am not the most knowledgeable about Russian history or culture, but I definitely enjoyed learning about it  in a real, tangible way throughout this story. One thing that did detract a bit for me was the focus, at times, on philosophy. I’m not the biggest fan of philosophical texts, so I did have trouble at times really wrapping my head around parts of the story, but overall I found that I was really able to grasp the main concepts of the novel.

I’d give this book 4 stars out of 5, detracting one star for the heavy focus on philosophy and the trouble I had at time understanding the Russian history being spoken about. I’d highly recommend this book to sci-fi lovers or anyone interested in Russian Culture.

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I’m participating in the Goodreads 2016 Reading Challenge (I’m going for 50 books read in 2016!), so if you’d like to follow along with my progress or just see what I’m reading you can check that out here. I’m also attempting the Popsugar 2016 Reading Challenge, which can be found here. Let me know in the comments any books you’d recommend and what you’re currently reading. See you all next time!

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