- Translator: Reg Keeland (pseudonym of Steven T. Murray)
- Series: Millenium Series
- Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
- Published: May 25th, 2010
- Third in series, first is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the second is The Girl Who Played with Fire
- Pages in Paperback: 655
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In the concluding volume of Stieg Larsson’s Millenium trilogy, Lisbeth Salander lies in critical condition in a Swedish hospital, a bullet in her head.
But she’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll stand trial for three murders. With the help of Mikael Blomkvist, she’ll need to identify those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence. And, on her own, she’ll seek revenge- against the man who tried to kill her and against the corrupt government institutions that nearly destroyed her life. —Source
Review on the Characters:
Lisbeth Salander– Lisbeth Salander lives up to every expectation (and more) in the final installment of the Millenium series. My only complaint is that I wish we could have seen more of her in this novel but I understood that to wrap up the mystery Larsson needed to introduce a whole slew of characters, eating up Salander time. I have stressed how much I admire this character in my previous two reviews and all I can do emphasize it again, Lisbeth Salander IS the driving force of this series. She is utterly unsympathetic yet believes in the highest morals. Even if you don’t like mysteries, Sweden, or reading the word IKEA a million times- READ THIS SERIES, Lisbeth is worth it.
Mikael Blomkvist– Kalle Blomkvist. I believe I was too harsh on this character in my last review. Larsson writes his ‘practical pig’ syndrome in a way that is more endearing than annoying. Also you just can’t help but like the guy who would go against the Secret Police out of loyalty for a friend. He did good.
Peter Teleborian– Out of all the bad guys in this series I hated him the most. (And thats saying something). Out of Zala, Neidermann, Martin Vanger and all the others, Teleborian was the scariest because his twisted nature was hidden behind a P.H.D. I was glad that justice won in the end, especially in the way that it did; that court scene between Gianni and Teleborian was more than satisfying. (Although I would have loved to see Salander dispense her own brand of justice).
Review of the Story:
In just the first few chapters I was captivated because of the twists and turns. Larsson surprised me again and again (until I started peeking). It was a satisfactory ending to a great series, no loose strings left hanging. As I reached the end I truly grieved the loss of this author, his storytelling and character creating have made a mark in the world of novels.
Review on the Writing:
Sadly again, Larsson struggled. Despite the fast pace set by a great story I had trouble finishing this novel because of his sluggish writing. He continues to add unnessary trivial to the novel, leaving the reader wondering at the importance. I mean, really, all these characters eat are sandwiches (and we don’t even know what kind). Larsson’s editor failed him again.
The hype around this series is deserved and The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest lives up to the previous two novels. I urge everyone with the ability to read (that means all of you reading this review) to pick up this series. Not only will you read about one of the most unique characters in the novel universe, but you will also learn the ugly truth of violence against women.
P. S. – My next read is The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (stay tuned)!