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World War Three wiped out the humankind. The planet is empty now. Huge cities became dust and ashes. Railroads are being eaten by rust. Abandoned satellites hang lonely in their orbits. Radio is mute on all frequencies. The only survivors of the last war were those who made it into the gates of the Metro, the subway system of Moscow city.

It's there, hundreds of feet below the ground, in the vaults of what was constructed as the world's largest air-raid shelter, where now people try to outlive the end of days. It's there that they created a new world for themselves. The stations of the Metro became city-states, and its citizens, torn apart by religions and ideologies, are fighting for now-scarce commodities: air, water, and space.

This tiny underground world can only remind humans of an immense world they once were the masters of. It's been 20 years since Doomsday, and yet the survivors refuse to give up. The most stubborn of them keep cherishing a dream: when the radiation level from nuclear bombings subsides, they will be able to return to the surface and have the life their parents once had. But the most stubborn of the stubborn continues to search for other survivors in this huge emptiness that once was called Earth. His name is Artyom. He would give anything to lead his own people from the underground onto the surface.

And he will.

©2015 Dmitry Glukhovsky; English translation 2016 Andrew Bromfield (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Really great stories.

The second of this trilogy wasn't that great, but the third was well worth it. I got into these books after playing the video games and the books are even better than the game was..

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  • JD
  • 02-11-20

Nothing will be as good as 2033

Metro 2035 goes back to follow Artyom's adventures in the metro from Metro 2033. I'll review this book by comparing it to Metro 2033. I gave Metro 2033 five-stars because of its amazing and riveting story, interesting and distinguishable characters, horror and creepiness of the metro, and ultimately a problem-solution story.

Unfortunately, Metro 2035 has none of that except just a okay story (the story wasnt nearly as good as Metro 2033). Most of Metro 2035 is bland dialogue and chapters that have no meaning or impact. The interesting parts flash by quickly while the boring unimportant scenes are drawn out, outstaying their welcome.

The characters (including Artyom) weren't loveable or even distinguishable from other characters. The only description youre given to separate characters are their names.

If you loved the horror and monsters of metro 2033, I am sorry to say there isn't a single irradiated monster or unexplained phenomenon in Metro 2035.

Finally, like Metro 2034, Metro 2035 has no real problem and solution. It's just a ADHD plotline that runs in different directions, none of which having much real importance.

After being such a huge fan of Metro 2033, I'm very disappointed in 2034 and 2035. While the books have gotten worse and worse, at least the video games have gotten better and better- no wonder why the game developers decided to branch off and make their own story-line.

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swapped horror for conspiracies

supernatural theme vanished, replaced by abusive sexual tones. bad exchange, even with great narrator. disappointed.

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Worst conclusion to a story I ever heard

I will be blunt the ending of this three part book series was just plain bad. I cannot say more and will not as I don't want to spoil it what little there is....

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Glukhovsky has evolved with his trilogy.

As the second feels different from the first, the third is different from the previous two. Glukhovsky evolved his style with his trilogy, and here, in the final installment, that style matches the story, becuase Artyom has aged with his experiences. Most of the main cast, those surviving at least, from the previous books stop by to say "farewell". At times I did wonder if this story had all been intended from the initial book, or if it was a case of the author changing his intent to continue the plot. Either way, the story fits. A reader, having to rely soley of the knowledge a character can give him, feels the discoveries of Artyom in the very heart of oneself. It is a lovely, dark and fantastic tale.

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A deparure from the original

New directions are fun. And sometimes necessary. There will be some that would argue that this change was a necessary change. But i would argue that this book was not.

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I was so excited, I pre-ordered the book... oops..

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This book was unlike the rest of the books in his story... You can always tell when a writer is out of material because they fill space with cursing and sex. The "f-bombs" were over the top and at one point as a character drops the skirt of a woman to finger her in front of her husband, I just had enough. In one chapter the author drops the dialogue tags (ie "said Sally" "responded Joe") The narrator tried to change voices as best he could, but it was terrible. If that was what the first 2 books had been like, that would be expected, but this was so unlike the author that it was sad.

Has Metro 2035 turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, I liked the first two books.

Which character – as performed by Rupert Degas – was your favorite?

Even though the story line is pitiful, Rupert Degas does a great job in the performance

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A solid ending to the metro trilogy

Couldn't stop listening for the past week. Great book imo but some may disagree. Just keep in mind that it's not going to be like the previous two. I thought it really tied the series together in the end, despite not being what I expected at all.

I noticed a lot of people were uncomfortable with the sexual themes in the book. Personally I found it made the people seem more primal and disturbing. I mean what would you expect from people who live underground? Abstinence and civility?

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A sad story

depressing, conspiracies within conspiracies, don't trust the government. you get to feel as hopeful and then as hopeless as the main character. it's distressing

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Not worth the credit

the first two books in the series we're great but this one has a completely different tone, and reads a lot like some sort of sick erotic novel.

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  • Miss J M Beckett
  • 05-14-18

disappointed

disappointing finish to what could have been a very good story. good build up and well read just feel let down at the ending or is it leading to a 2036?

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  • Magic Inc.
  • 05-01-17

The end of the end is here.

Would you try another book written by Dmitry Glukhovsky or narrated by Rupert Degas?

Yes I would listen to another book. Don't wanna brag but I have already listened to three. Metro 2033, Metro 2034 and Metro 2035.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I was looking forward to seeing where this book was going to end. I was really looking to see if there was anyone alive on the surface still.

Which character – as performed by Rupert Degas – was your favourite?

Think I will have to say Artyom. I had a bit of a wobble liking him when he started acting like a spoiled kid and made all the wrong decisions after quick snap judgements without thinking things through.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

I would the first book Metro 2033 but i think the other two books don't have a big enough hook to make a movie with it.

Any additional comments?

All three of the Metro books are worth a listen and Rupert Degas did a brilliant job of reading and making all the characters different. I can't think of any that were the same or just slight variant of other voices he did. Some of the words in Russia i mauled while trying to read the book but listening to him read it it was so much easier to understand.

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  • Plamen
  • 01-21-19

Strange continuation!

SPOILER ALERT! The book as a piece of literature is of course great. Stands up to the previous ones. But the simple fact that there are no "monsters" and dark creatures absolutely changes the dynamic of the story. It doesn't feel right. The "out of nowhere" factor is missing. I miss the Dark Ones...

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  • michelle
  • 03-14-17

Not as good as the 1st two

Bit of a letdown. Some parts went on a bit and lost its way but it was a must after reading the 1st two. It was nice how he spliced the 1st two books into the 3rd. Linked up well

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-05-18

Its ok.

25 hours is a long time to hang in. The story is good but elongated for no real effect. The 'hero' makes some stupid decisions and has 'nine lives' but I did want to find out what became of him. The reader is excellent. So many complicated Russian names and personalities. He gets them spot on for me.
To sum up, its worth a read if you've got time and patience.

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  • ollie griffiths
  • 02-22-17

Another fantastic instalment

A brilliant listen. I hope they make a third metro game this year. Fingers crossed.

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  • Jason F.
  • 04-10-18

Brilliant

Just completed the trilogy, and what an absolute thrill it was. The story is phenomenal and the ending has left me awe struck. Rupert Degas did an excellent job narrating throughout the entire trilogy and it really made me feel like I was part of the story. This has left me not only excited for the newest game but also the possibilities of future movies too. Excellent franchise.

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  • Valkyrie Skies
  • 03-18-17

Disappointing

An anti-climactic and weak end to the series which lost most of the first book's wonder and charm, devaluing a fascinating and unique setting with Illuminati-style nonsense and various questionable plot twists that become obnoxiously predictable.

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  • Rusty
  • 04-12-21

Hopeful

Even though I enjoyed it, Metro 2034 is the odd one out in this series and our time would have been much better spent with the hero of the Metro, Artyom.

There are new characters in Metro 2035 that we should already know because they have deep personal connections with the character. We get the occasional memory from him but it isn't the same as properly developing a character, especially when they disappear for long stretches of this book.

We actually spend more time with returning characters from Metro 34, one of which is an entirely pointless inclusion. The character is also involved in the worst chapter of the entire series, chapter 14. This messy chapter is entirely dialogue based without any internal monologue, and it just doesn't work. It's confusing and slams the breaks on the story.

I can only assume that the author had not planned on writing a third book, or could not afford to write it, but the success of the video games gave him the opportunity. I'm glad it did, it's nice to be back in Artyom's head, for the most part. This is a more nihilistic Artyom, but he's also an optimist too. At other points he's a prophet, a hero, a madman and even a whistleblower.

Artyom wants out of the Metro, he wants to live on the surface and believes it's the only way humanity can survive without becoming something less. He believes that the people of the Metro can't be the only survivors in this broken world and sets out to prove this.

The book is about who's really in power and how most people are willing to be led if the spin is right, even if they live miserable lives. There's always some "other" or faction to blame after all. That makes Metro 35 the most Orwellian novel in the trilogy and I really love it for that. It also shows people at their worst and most desperate.

As I said, I do have problems with the lack of character development and there's a lot of repetitive speeches from Artyom. A religious element has also crept into the novel and into our protagonist, and it's not a welcome inclusion. Nothing interesting is done with it or said about it that hasn't been said before. It's also the only philosophy not to get much of a kicking.

Finally, I have to say that I miss the monsters. They're entirely absent after making up a large chunk of the previous book. Maybe the author wants to say that man is the real monster but it's jarring that they've vanished without explanation. Some of the fear and imaginative imagery has gone with them.

Regardless, this is a fine end to Artyom's tale. It leaves you with just the right amount of hope for him, if not the Metro, depending on how you look at things. I'd recommend the entire series and the videogames, to horror fans, and to fans of adult, dystopian science fiction.

As to the narration; if you've enjoyed Rupert Degas' performance up until now, then this is more of the same. He puts that hope and passion into his Artyom performance, even if it is done in a funny accent.

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  • Richard
  • 05-30-19

A long winded story that achieved nothing...

The first one was good, the second was pointless and confusing, and the third just left me feeling like there is no hope left for humanity as they can't be bothered to save themselves out of inconvenience...
The one positive is that the narrator is excellent, worth his weight in the narrative world, but even he couldn't save this long winded journey too nothingness. I only wish Artion well on his future endeavours.

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  • stv9007
  • 03-11-21

Starts ok but

The first book feels like it’s leading somewhere then it steadily devolves into an Alice in wonderland dream sequence. The dialogue was chosen using a random generator application. I have no idea how I finished this series terrible

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  • Daratar
  • 05-31-18

Sad that it ended.

The Metro series is one of my all time favorites. A great story by Dmitry Glukhovsky and masterful narration by Rupert Degas.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-25-21

Unfortunately it devalued the first 2 books

Is missing what made the first 2 books so amazing, and actively ruins them at the same time.

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  • Lewis
  • 08-13-20

Another great ride that just sticks the landing

Similar to Metro 2033, this book is full of great twists and turns throughout that keeps you engaged and your heart on edge.
The ending isn't the typical gang round up and ride off into the sunset, and keeps in tune with the mood of the previous two books.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-24-20

A satisfying conclusion

Metro 2035 is absolutely amazing.
endure through the heartbreak and you will be satisfied completely.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-11-20

The best Metro book

I have heard alot of people dislike metro 2035 because of how unlikable and dark the protagonist is, but honestly it remains one of my favorite post apocalyptic storys ever I personally rate it along side the road, I am legend, with slight traces of 1984 thrown in for good measure.
make no mistake this is a hard book to get through, but if your a fan of dark post apocalyptic fiction or the metro series it is a must listen.


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  • Kate Thoma
  • 06-04-20

Good but disappointing

The author is a fantastic writer but a poor story teller. What I mean by that is that the way he composes his sentences and describes anthologies, symbolism and creates a sense of gritty reality is unparalleled. But the story tends to be messy, jumping in points of time and going down seeming useless tangents only to be briefly referenced 300 pages into the book. He also seems to do a complete 180 on the previous 2 books by changing character development and personalities just to fit a narrative of a vague political and philosophical statement coming to a clumsy coup de grâce in the later quarter of the book. Although I love the new level of gritty brutality depicted in this book, it seems to come at a forefront compared to the story, rather the story is used to convey the author’s previously mentioned philosophical and political message. I want the stress that this is a good book but it’s hard to sound positive when disappointed that it wasn’t as good as the previous books and seems to dismiss many of their previous developments. For those new to the metro series I would recommend reading the first book as a stand alone as it’s closer is quite final unlike metro 2035.

In short I find it to be a good book but it’s not like the previous metro books. It has a totally different style and feel in how it’s read which is not for the better and the convoluted story and lacklustre ending is a far cry from Metro 2033

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  • Patrick
  • 06-30-19

Loved this!

Excellent translation, perfect narration, and gripping story. I found myself binging the last chapters dying to know how it ends.

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  • Erin martin
  • 06-18-19

Artyom?

Really struggled with this book, Artyom as a character was disappointing. Very hard to finish

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  • Daniel Bennett
  • 06-16-19

Amazing series

Metro series is an amazing book and an amazing audible book series as well. The series from 2033 to 2035 is so worth it. I can understand why a number of games were made out of it!!