The Millennium Trilogy (I only recently learned that this is the official name, I’ve always called it the Lisbeth Salander Trilogy, as she is the main attraction) by Stieg Larsson are a bestselling series of books that actually match up to all the hype. In order, they are The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest. The books follow the adventures of Michael Blomkvist (say that three times fast), an exposé journalist, and a strange girl named Lisbeth Salander. In the first book, Blomkvist is hired by businessman Henrik Vanger to solve a forty year old mystery, that of what happened to his favorite niece, who disappeared from a blocked off island at the age of sixteen. Originally hired by Vanger to dig up information about Blomkvist’s personal life, Salander tags along to aid in what seems like an impossible case.
It is an intriguing story on its own, but Lisbeth Salander is really what keeps you reading. Despite being untrusting, highly asocial, bitter, and violent when provoked, she is somehow immensely likeable. For reasons unknown, she was declared “emotionally incompetent” as a child and made a ward of the state. This all brings another layer of mysteries to the series, which are followed up on in the two later novels.
The only people who I would warn away from these novels are younger readers, simply because there is a certain level of adult content and the novels deal with serious and sometimes disturbing matters (such as sex trafficking in Sweden). Anyone else, rush to the library or bookstore today, and make sure you have the third book waiting beside you when you finish the second one, because otherwise the cliffhanger might just drive you insane. (Seriously, being stuck in France having finished the first one and the other two with my mom at home was bad enough….)
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