Author: Stieg Larsson
Series: Millenium # 1
Published: Sept.16, 2008 by Vintage
Format: Mass Market Paperback, Movie Tie-In Edition
Genre: Adult Mystery/Thriller
A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It’s about the disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden . . . and about her octogenarian uncle, determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder. It’s about Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently at the wrong end of a libel case, hired to get to the bottom of Harriet’s disappearance . . . and about Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old pierced and tattooed genius hacker possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age—and a terrifying capacity for ruthlessness to go with it—who assists Blomkvist with the investigation. This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, astonishing corruption in the highest echelons of Swedish industrialism—and an unexpected connection between themselves. It’s a contagiously exciting, stunningly intelligent novel about society at its most hidden, and about the intimate lives of a brilliantly realized cast of characters, all of them forced to face the darker aspects of their world and of their own lives.
Oh! This is one of the surprising read that I had for this year. I didn’t expect to even like this book because I got so bored in the story at first that I nearly gave up. But good thing I didn’t, I am so glad that I did stick to it until the end because the story is fantastic.
Though it was a slower pace at the beginning, I think it is necessary for the character and plot development. I am intrigued with the world that this story has presented. The corruption, the hatred against women, the power trip, and just simply the cruelty in the story is repulsive but at the same time engaging to the readers. I know I am contradicting myself but that is how I feel about the book.
I love Lisbeth Salander, she is one those unique characters that is so fierce and tough, and I can’t help myself but love and admire her. Her calm and stoic demeanor is I think her best traits. Mikael Blomkvist doesn’t really impress me that much but he is OK.
The story is really good too; the way it was written with a steady kind of flow is one thing that I liked about it. The mystery behind the story is kind of baffling though I find myself not at all surprised on how the things turned out at the end. Nonetheless I still liked this book and will definitely read the next 2 books in the trilogy.
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