by Dmitry Glukhovsky
Editor: Orion Publishing Co
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The year 2033The world has been reduced to rubbleHumanity has almost disappearedHalf destroyed, cities became uninhabitable by radiationBeyond their limits, they say, endless lie burned deserts and remnants of pieces of forest, unceasingly burnt out.Survivors still remember the past greatness of humanityBut the last vestiges of civilization are already a distant memory, the stuff of myth and legend.More than 20 years have passed since the last plane that took off from the groundLead rusted railways in a vacuumThe ether is zero, and the waves of the echo echo to a screaming soulless where, previously, frequencies were full of novelties, from Tokyo, New York, Buenos AiresMan has handed over land stewardship to new life formsTransferred by radiation, they are better adapted for the new worldMan’s time is more likeA few tens of thousands of survivors to live, not knowing if they are the only left on earthThey live in the Moscow Metro – the largest anti-aircraft shelter ever builtThis is humanity’s last refuge.The Stations have become mini-statelets, their people unite around ideas, religions, water-filters – or the simple necessity of repelling an enemy incursion.It’s a world without tomorrow, with no room for dreams, plans, hopes.Feelings have given way to the most important instinct is survival.Survival at all costsVDNKh is inhabited most north of the station on its lineIt has been one of the best metro stations of Métro station and remains blockedBut now a new and terrible threat has emergedArtyom, a young man living in VDNKh, is given the task of entering the heart of the Metro station, to the legendary Polis, to everyone warning of horrible danger and to get helpHe holds the future of his native country, the station in his hands, the whole of Metro – and perhaps the whole of humanity.
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