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This is the third book in the series by Dmitry Glukhovsky.
The first book in the series was amazing. It was essentially a discussion of the changes surrounding the end of the Soviet Union and the beginning of modern Russia disguised as a post-apocalyptic novel. I reread it about once a year.
The second book was garbage. There was nothing to it, a dead book so to speak. All it did was setup the back story of two characters that appear on the third book.
The third book, I am nearly done reading and it is close to, but not as good as the first book. There is more allergy in this one and towards the end we get to see behind the curtain. It manages to recapture some of the power of the original but does not succeed nearly as well.
If you liked the original you will enjoy this one. If you read the second book this one will make the effort worthwhile. If you played the video games, read the books.