Published: Monday, March 26, 2012
Updated: Thursday, July 5, 2012 15:07
Mystery and intrigue, reporters and police, violence and corruption, blood and gore. These describe the Millennium trilogy, better known as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. If you loved the first movie, I recommend you pick up the next two books in the series: The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.
The trilogy has something for everyone. Starring an socially-inept woman in Sweden named Lisbeth Salander, with an almost eidetic memory as the main protagonist, this series will keep you enthralled from beginning to end. It tells the story of another side of life, far different from the white picket fence story we’ve been led to believe is the only way to live.
The main premise of the series is the events surrounding a few years in the life of Salander. This girl is anything but sugar, spice and everything nice. She doesn’t take shit from anyone, leaving even the tribes of fabled Amazonian women in her wake.
When Mikael Blomkvist, reporter of the monthly publication, Millennium, finds himself researching a topic best left to the police, he reaches a dead end. Despite his cunning and resourcefulness, he is unable to find information on a prominent businessman. This is where our heroine takes the stage. With a thorough understanding of hacking into confidential records and E-mails, she turns her skeptics into shocked believers.
There were lulls within the series, particularly when Salander was travelling the World, or when she was in court. However, just when you think you’re going to give up on the book, it pulls you back in with action and intrigue. Men and women alike will appreciate the determination of the characters and the captivating writing of Steig Larson which leaves the character’s world completely changed at the conclusion.
- Daniel Ostrowski