The girl who kicked the hornet’s nest: An end to the Millenium
March 11, 2011 Leave a comment
It took a while, but I finally got around to reading the final book in the Millenium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson, “The girl who kicked the hornet’s nest“. Before continuing, feel free to check out my reviews of “The girl with the dragon tattoo” and “The girl who played with fire” if you haven’t already.
I don’t recall reading too many trilogies, outside of “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Christ Clone Trilogy“, but one thing I’ve come to notice the third can be a bit of a let down, since the second usually contains the meat of the story. This one was no different. Throughout the final book, Lisbeth Salander is kept out of the action, and Mikael Blomkvist is thrust into the forefront as he uses his investigative skills to help dismiss the many charges laid against her. To me, what made the books work best was the combination of Blomkvist and Salander working “together”.
One other piece of criticism I had with the book was way too much repetition. I understand that authors like to give readers a refresher of the story, but I found myself skipping paragraphs as they went through a constant rehashing of events.
All that being said, the final scenes in the courtroom were entertaining, and helped end the series off well. As was expected, the storyline cleaned itself up conveniently and the good guys got off scott free and the bad guys went to jail for their crimes.
I hate giving this one a low score but overall I just wasn’t that into this third installment: 2/5
For the series though, I just have to do the math (4/5 + 4/5 + 2/5) = 10/15
What did you think of the series? Were you let down by the final book or did you think it was a good end to the series?