Friday, June 10, 2011

The Girl Who Kicked a Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson

Basic plot

This is the last installment of the Millenium series and Lisbeth Salander is not only fighting for her freedom but also her life. With a bullet in her brain courtesy of her psychopath father, Lisbeth battles to stay alive and to survive when so many people are intent on destroying her. Mikael Blomkovist champions her cause and others slowly but surely come to her aid. But the Section will not and cannot let her be, for her mere existence is a threat to them all. Trapped in the custody of the system she distrusts, she can only rely on her talents as master hacker and learn to trust others in order to rectify the wrongs and avenge the injustice that she has been served.

What I liked about this book

This book was my favourite of the series. It was very smart and allowed the reader to also feel smart because it kept us guessing how things will pan out. The strategies involved in outsmarting an enemy with no scruples and immense power were complex and very addictive to read. With the good guys and the bad guys plotting away, it was thrilling to see who would finally outsmart the other and how. I enjoyed the pace of the book considerably compared to the previous two, this book had a twist at almost every turn.

What I disliked about the book

Not much although I viewed some of the plot lines as unnecessary, namely those not directly involving the two main characters. Plus, I was not sure why the book kept referencing women warriors, since the injustice dealt to Lisbeth were not solely due to her gender and she did not end up as an Amazonian champion of women's rights anywhere in the book. However, there were no dull moments or flaws that I could find to detract from the enjoyment of reading this book.

A quote I liked from the book

"Lisbeth is my friend. That should be enough of an explanation ."

Rating: 4.5/5



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