Rating 2.5 Stars
Book #4 In The Millennium Series
Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist return
She is the girl with the dragon tattoo—a genius hacker and uncompromising misfit. He is a crusading journalist whose championing of the truth often brings him to the brink of prosecution.
Late one night, Blomkvist receives a phone call from a source claiming to have information vital to the United States. The source has been in contact with a young female superhacker—a hacker resembling someone Blomkvist knows all too well. The implications are staggering. Blomkvist, in desperate need of a scoop for Millennium, turns to Salander for help. She, as usual, has her own agenda. The secret they are both chasing is at the center of a tangled web of spies, cybercriminals, and governments around the world, and someone is prepared to kill to protect it . . .
This should never have happened. Despite some of the things I enjoyed, it didn’t do any good for Millennium and for the other things it stands for.
If there was something that set apart these novels from everything else I’ve read, was how real these characters felt. And I’m not saying it lightly. This fourth book was a shallow understanding of what Lisbeth and Mikael once were. For a reader it’s very easy to recognize when your favorite characters just aren’t there. And you might be thinking: But it was a different author! I know that. But I was hopeful.
This book represented two problems for me: 1.Trouble continuing with the primordial nature of the initial trilogy. 2. The writing.
The excessive use of exclamation marks was ridiculous. I don’t want my mystery crime novel to have overly enthused dialogues.
“You’re going to freeze that beautiful bum of yours!”
“Ricky!” he said. Are you alright?”
“Goodwill! Have they gone mad?”
“Don’t say that! Ever!”
“I’ll be in touch. Take care!”
“Wait, Ed. Did I hear you say she?” “You’d better believe it. Our hacker’s a she!”
This novel took a huge time jump. Stieg started this in early 2000s. When social media didn’t exist as we know it today. That got me wondering how long it’s been since book 3, it was never clarified. A friend pointed it out and said four years had passed between book 3 and 4. I somehow missed it. But back to the social media, it bothered me a bit when Lisbeth used Instagram to track someone down. I don’t know, it just doesn’t seem like something Lisbeth would do.
This novel was filled with things these characters would never do. Mikael is in a delicate situation involving the Russian mafia, but somehow thought it was completely normal when a strange woman randomly greeted him in the middle of the night with her not-so-subtle and clearly suspicious advances. Mikael and Lisbeth’s behavior throughout the novel seemed unnatural.
Aside from all of this, it wasn’t a bad book, but for Millennium standards it definitely didn’t deliver. The plot was very entertaining actually, I enjoyed the read, but sadly this is something that should have ended in book three. It’s a bit unsettling to think that this isn’t the story that was originally planned for book 4.
If you love Millennium and haven’t read “There Are Things I Want You to Know” about Stieg Larsson and Me by Eva Gabrielsson, please do. It’s very insightful, I picked it up right after I finished this one, and we get to know what Stieg stood and fought for and how he used his writing to condemn everything that was wrong in Swedish society.Because of that book we understand how he started Millennium as a support for all his work as a Journalist to denounce injustice.
Millennium has a soul, has essence. It cannot be interpreted.