Publisher: Create Space
Release Date: 1/17/2013
MSRP: $9.99 (Digital), $19.99 (Paperback)
Recommended Audience: Young Adult
The Good: Extremely dark and haunting atmosphere, memorable characters and journey
The Bad: Can be confusing at times
Metro 2033 pretty much blew up in Russia and became a cult classic. The video was a pretty big hit in the US yet no one really knows about the book. While Last Light is based off the first book, some of the events in the first game are taken out of the first book. You follow Artyom. A young Russian boy living in the Metro below Moscow. He is just trying to get through every day life when a mysterious man named Hunter comes by and gives him a mission. As you follow Artyom through the Metro you are constantly reminded of the darkness. This isn’t just regular darkness. It’s an entity and it envelops your mind and soul. It’s thick and impenetrable. There’s something always lurking in the background…or is there? The psychological terror that everyone goes through in the Metro keeps you tense through the whole book.
While the book is light on action, it’s spaced apart pretty far, the dreary atmosphere drags you into the book and keeps you turning the pages. There are some odd moments that don’t make sense, but overall the book is very mysterious. There’s some magic thrown in that isn’t quite explained. Strange monsters that have been mutated by the radiation, but the mystery is always in the air. Nothing is explained so you are always wondering what’s going on in the world. Artyom’s main goal to destroy the Dark Ones that are trying to take over the Metro is very tough and brutal, the story is just really memorable and you will talk about it with friends.
If you ever played the game you need to pick up the book because there are things that couldn’t come across in the game. If you never played the games you are in for a treat. Anyone who wants something truly different an original in the horror genre should pick this post-apocalyptic book.