I'm so glad I picked up The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest in the terminals at Heathrow before starting the entire Millennium series! This final installment picks up moments after Fire leaves off, and instead of merely tidying up its aftermath, evolves into its own intriguing plot and counterplot between Lisbeth Salander and allies and those who have conspired against her and now seek to protect their own secret existence. It's difficult to write more about the plot without spoilers for Fire. Stieg Larsson introduces new supporting characters, captivating as ever, in his usual precise, point-blank prose that would make a screenwriter's job so simple. I could just continue reading about them, following them around Stockholm, but alas there will be no more Lisbeth, Blomkvist, et al. If only Stieg Larsson could have lived to enjoy his success (and write some sequels) ...!
This thrilling conclusion to the Millenium Trilogy does not disappoint. It is SUPERB! It picks up right where the second volume left off - in fact, I would say the trilogy is actually two stories, the first book separate, and a humongous second story chopped into two books. The final volume opens with Lisbeth Salander being taken to the hospital, along with Zalachenko, also surprisingly still alive. Now, with the conspiracy that began so long ago threatening to break wide open, the members of the secret Section of Sweden's Security Police are in a desperate race to contain both of them or it will mean their end. And once again, Lisbeth Salander is to be the scapegoat as she is brought to trial for murder.
I could not imagine how Larsson could top the previous books, but once again I was blown away by the sheer magnitude of the work. It's hard to pick a favorite from the three - like the Lord of the Rings, the trilogy has to be taken in as a whole and just savored for its mastery of suspense and conspiracy. Even knowing that it just HAD to somehow come out right in the end, I was on pins and needles the whole time, racing through the book to find out just how it comes to its spectacular end. And it's all absolutely worth it. Reading this magnificent final volume and knowing there are no more to follow, I felt keenly the loss of this brilliant author who never had a chance to see his masterpiece come to fruition.
It was exciting race to the awesome end. You do have to read the first two books of this trilogy to appreciate the who experience. I would read these books again.
Of course, I had to order this from the UK the minute that it became available, and it was definitely worth the money spent to read it months before its US publication. It was pure pleasure, and a fitting conclusion to the Salander/Blomkvist saga. Another intelligently written roller coaster ride with an unending cast of characters, but none as electrifying as Lisbeth Salander. The trilogy begs rereading and is definitely a keeper. The author's untimely death is a tragedy. Sadly, there will be no more books from this unbelievably talented writer. Very, very highly recommend.
What a great conclusion to a great trilogy! I finished this one up this afternoon after reading the last 200 pages or so pretty much non-stop. This total work - the Millennium series - in my opinion is one of the great mystery/thriller series of all time. This book very nicely tied up all the loose ends from the first two books and was a great thrill ride right to the last few pages. I really hated to see the book end because, as everyone knows, the author passed away in 2004 and thus, there will be no more adventures of Lisbeth Salander. :( I know they have made the first book into a film in Sweden and I have heard they will also be doing the rest of the series. Looking forward to seeing these but not sure when they will be released in the States.