Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Stieg Larsson
May 2010

The stunning third and final novel in Stieg Larsson’s internationally best-selling trilogy

Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence. And, on her own, she will plot revenge—against the man who tried to kill her, and the corrupt government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life.

Once upon a time, she was a victim. Now Salander is fighting back.
Oh, my. How do I even begin to write this review?

Personally, I find it hard to write reviews for books in a series, simply because I feel like I'm expressing the same opinion over and over again. While this wasn't the case between the first book and the second book (if you recall, I enjoyed the second one much more than the first), it is true when comparing the second and third installment. Picking up right where The Girl Who Played With Fire left off, I found myself completely riveted from beginning to end. I can't really describe what draws me into these books... maybe the characters? Lisbeth, of course, who is the driving force. And then Mikael, of course, who helps her on the way. And add to that a huge government conspiracy theory and I'm sold.

That being said, I'm not going to ramble too much. This series is really good for mature readers (adults, mostly, but being a mature teenager I'd also recommend it to others like myself). Highly recommend this series.

PS. I heard that there is a fourth novel that Larsson was writing when he died, and that someone (a relative, maybe?) was going to finish it up and it's going to get published. Not sure where I heard that or how credible it was, but I sincerely hope that happens :)

1 comment:

  1. I have read a few reviews for this series and want to know if you rated it like movies, what rating would you give each book? Are they PG13 or 18R? (based on violence, sexual content and language) I have been leary of reading them as I try not to read books with an adult only content. You may advise in an email if you choose. Thanks.