Once More into the Metro…

Posted: March 29, 2017 by James R. Brown in Post-Apocalyptic

51L5P2BO5zL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_Hi everybody, it’s James again. To give an update, the lovely Joy is back to researching material again. So, she’ll be back ASAP with a review. If I can guess correctly, I think she may be covering Cadaver Dogs. The name sounds right, but I’ve been wrong before.

As far as I go, this is another book review in the Metro Universe. I told you folks that I would cover the main trilogy. And cover I shall. So, here goes nothing.

This book is set about 6 months to 1 year after the events of Metro 2033. In fact, I’m going to tell you that this is the shortest book of the entire trilogy. It logs in at about 320 pages, approximately. The average reader on a binge can do this book in 2 to 3 days. Dmitry Glukhovsky brings us back into the dirty and dingy world of the Moscow Metropolitian Station. And the world is a fraught with new dangers, to boot.

Metro 2034 tells the story of the frontier Sebastopol Station. A station to the Southern part of the Metro that is separated by abandoned stations on all sides available. The station provides electricity to the southern half of the Hanseatic League (known as Hansa). Which provides the little station with protection and food. However, production has been down, due to the fact that people are disappearing on courier runs to the nearest Hansa port, Tula Station.

At their wits end, Sebastopol sends the old soldier named Homer and a scarred ranger named… Hunter. Yes, reader. If you have read 2033, you would remember that Hunter went on a suicide mission to stop the flow of the Dark Ones from invading the Metro. However, the brave man has come back scarred mentally and physically. Hunter chooses Homer as his partner and documentor, as Homer has a reputation for preserving the past.

Along their travel, they take another young soldier with them. As they arrive at Tula, though… They are met with heavy resistance and gunfire. As the horrors of the tunnels have claimed their young companion, both men elect to turn back. However, Hunter informs the commander of the Sebastopol Station that Tula is lost. He nominates Homer again to follow him to Polis. To go back home, to a Ranger company that believes him dead…

The Good: Homer is an affiable character, honestly. Unlike Artyom, Homer doesn’t want to be a hero or a savior. He wants to join his lost wife and child who perished in the war. Hunter has a lot more depth to him as well. He’s a man conflicted. Even Sasha has an element to her that you may like.

The Bad:  We’re not going to deny that Hunter has lost his f***ing mind. In fact, Hunter turns into an Arnold Schwarznegger like Terminator when he gets angry. And Sasha will piss you off often. Her teenage angst and hopeful nature will irritate the most prudent reader.

The Rest: If you had that Artyom craving, then don’t worry. He’s in this book. He’s not the main character, but he has his moments that save the Metro yet again. This book also touches on Grecian themes. Homer is named after the supposed author of the Iliad and the Odyssey. Again, Dmitry brings in an element of mythology to these dark times.

Where to find it?: Amazon has this book for 7.99 on Kindle. And the translation is MUCH better. There’s still some elements of formatting, but your mileage may vary. Also, if you’re a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, then you’re in luck. You can rent this book for free as a part of that service. In fact, this book and it’s sequel are on the KU list. All in all, on a Prime subscription and a Kindle Unlimited subscription, you’ll pay 17.00 maximum for these books.

Now, Joy may get her review up before I finish up Metro 2035. But, I will be glad to see her back on here, honestly. My next review will be 2035, and after this, I’ll move on to a new series or book. I haven’t decided yet.

And an inside joke, I did threaten to read The Art of the Deal by our current president. But Joy did pledge to erase that post, if I did… She figures we’re not ready for the LARP version of the Apocalypse just yet.

Take care, reader.

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