The Millenium Trilogy by Steig Larsson

 

Lizbeth Salander is a strange individual. She is terse, antisocial, untrusting, and possibly mentally imbalanced, she is also at the center of an extremely classified government conspiracy…

The Millennium trilogy is a masterful, captivating tale of intrigue and deceit. The plot between the three volumes is seamless and flows effortlessly. The characters are engaging and feel real.

The first book in the trilogy, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, introduces us to one of the most memorable heroines in modern literature; Lizbeth Salander.  In my opinion, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the slowest moving of the three books; it took me a few chapters to become invested in the story. In the first chapters we are introduced to a number of characters and it takes awhile for them to all be tied together in the plot. However, by the second half of the book I was hooked! The ending of the book left me satisfied yet yearning for more. The first book really could stand alone, I wanted to know what would happen to Lizbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist, but there were no loose end to tie up. I give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars, I enjoyed it but was bored with it at times.

The second book, The Girl who Played with Fire, started out explosively and never slowed down. The book was packed with action throughout its entirety! A journalist working for Millennium (Mikael Blomkvist’s magazine) is murdered, along with his girlfriend, while working on a book about the illegal sex trade in Sweden. The murders are shocking enough, but even more shocking is that Lizbeth Salander is the sole suspect! Salander is on the run while Blomkvist is working to clear her name and find out who actually committed the murders, and why. I give this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars, it wasn’t perfect but very close.

The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest is the conclusion to the Millennium Trilogy. It is also fast paced and riveting. Lizbeth Salander has been near-fatally shot and is recovering in a Swedish hospital. She is kept in isolation and is awaiting trial on numerous charges. Mikael Blomkvist is hard at work, once again, trying to uncover the secrets regarding Salander’s past. The revelations he uncovers leads him down a dangerous path which involves uncovering the truth behind Sweden’s most highly classified government organization; an organization that has apparently gone ‘rouge’ and is unknown even to the prime minister. The evidence that could clear Salander’s name lies somewhere within the depths of this organization… I give this book 5 out of 5 stars! It was absolutely addicting and it is definitely a book that I will continue to think about for some time to come.

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