I've just finished the "Metro" series from Dmitry Glukhovsky. After the Third World War, half of Earth is destroyed and the surface is radioactive, but some people survived and live underground, in the metro in Moscow. They sleep on the stations and only brave people walk through dark tunnels. Danger is everywhere - radioactivity, animals that come from the surface, other stations that want to invade you, hunger, some tunnels that give you hallucinations, contagious diseases - but there are some people who can be heroes in those dark times. Or can't they?
What I liked about those books is that they were very different. In the first one, we follow young Artem and his quest to warn other stations about the mutants who are dangerous for the whole metro. We see how different life looks like on different stations and what people think and believe. There is even a new religion in one place, about a giant worm who created the tunnels and needs to be worshiped. And there's a twist in the end. In the second book, one of the characters is Homer, a person who wants to write a story about the metro and humanity, and looks for heroes and myths. But the people he meets, the events and reality don't match his needs. There's a lot of reflection about what makes us human in this one. And if you thought book one was pessimistic and grim, just wait for book three where humanity gets blow after blow, but it's hard to disagree and say: "no, we wouldn't do it". No monsters in this book and it's the scariest one.
I'm not a big fan of post-apocalyptic fiction, but it was an interesting journey. Now I need something light and funny to shake off dark thoughts.