Towards the Light
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General Information


Андрей Дьяков (Andrey Dyakov)




Russian (original)


Post-apocalyptic fiction

Publication Date:

June 2010 (Russia)
May 2011 (Germany)
March 2012 (Spain, Italy)
June 2012 (Poland)
May 2012 (Sweden)
September 2012 (France)
November 2013 (Hungary)
June 2015 (South Korea)

Media Type:



320 (Russian)
384 (German)
304 (Spanish)
303 (Italian)
325 (Polish)
313 (Swedish)
320 (French)
300 (Hungarian)
328 (Korean)

Continued By:

Into the Darkness


Towards the Light (Russian: К свету) is a novel that is part of the Universe of Metro 2033, a long-running series of short stories, novellas and novels written by different authors, all set in the world of MetroTowards the Light, written by Russian author Andrey Dyakov, was originally published in June of 2010. Although there is currently no English version of the book, Towards the Light has been translated into a number of other languages. The novel was translated into Spanish by Joan Josep Mussarra Roca, whilst Paweł Podmiotko worked on the Polish version and Erzsébet Schiller worked on the Hungarian one.

The book is the first part of Dyakov's trilogy starring the recurring protagonists of Taran and Gleb, followed by its sequels Into the Darkness and Beyond the Horizon. Due to its popularity among readers,  Towards the Light was marketed as a fan favourite of the whole series at the time of its publication.


Just like Piter, this novel tells the story of a group of survivors from post-nuclear St. Petersburg. The main characters of the book are Taran (a veteran stalker) and Gleb (a twelve-year-old boy who is taken from his home station by Taran). The two join a team of stalkers, who have been tasked with discovering the source of the mysterious light seen on the surface; presumed to originate from Kronshtadt. Taran - the most experienced member of the group - serves as their guide, with Gleb as his assistant.

The book explores the ideas of hope, the truth behind the worshippers of the newly-formed, post-apocalyptic religion of Exodus and Gleb's personal quest to find paradise in a world that has seen nuclear disaster. Although it is one of the shorter novels in the Universe series, Towards the Light is still considered to be a book of outstanding quality. Much like its brethren, it is different to Glukhovsky's Metro 2033 and Metro 2034, but upholds similar messages and atmosphere.


  • Towards the Light and its sequels are some of the few books in the entire Metro Series to feature child protagonists alongside adults.
  • This novel was the author's first work, as before he did not write any published fiction.