The book takes place in the metro system of Moscow, after war has almost completely destroyed the ozone layer and irradiated anything above ground. It tells the story of Artyom, a single soldier who unknowingly almost causes the extinction of the human race, and his struggle to unite and save the metro system. I can't give this book enough praise, it's dark, it's suspenseful, and it's incredibly well-written. A couple ideas I got from the book are:
- Humans are, art heart, an aggressive species.
- Humans will put aside differences to work together when faced with extinction.
- Humans will try to fight and survive, regardless of the situation.
So, I'd give this book a 9/10. It's a great, dark, "what-if" look at war in our future. My only complaint is that everybody's names, and the names of locations, are SO DIFFICULT to remember, because they are all Russian. Regardless of that, it's an amazing book.