I finally finished the second installment to the Millennium trilogy written by the late but great Stieg Larsson. I gotta say this: Lisbeth Salander kicks major ass, even though the saddest part of her is how much she has been a victim of major sex abuse and all other problems that made her who she is at the present.
Blomkvist didn’t have a huge part in this second one compared to the previous one, but we were introduced to new characters, primarily the detectives Bublanski and his team. I don’t have much to say about the 2nd installment except that we readers get to know more of who the real Lisbeth Salander is and where she came from, as well as why she became the Lisbeth Salander we came to know. Up until the end of the book Salander’s name hasn’t been cleared yet.
I also have to admit that the 2nd installment was less disturbing than the 1st installment… in terms of sexual abuse. I don’t know why but grotesque violent scenes written on paper don’t bother me that much, probably because I don’t try to imagine the scene itself in my head. I just read and move on to the next scene and so forth. It wouldn’t bother me if Salander ends up becoming a merciless killer to those bastards who do women wrong. Big time.
The ending became a cliffhanger, which was why I was definitely convinced to read the final installment, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. Good thing Mom received this final book as a Christmas gift. I finally got it in my hands now.
Although Lisbeth Salander was considered a “psychopatic maniac” by the society and a notorious hacker by a few, I just can’t help but feel so much sympathy for her and what she’s gone through since childhood. I hope she can seriously take revenge on those who did her wrong on the third one. Keeping in mind that Stieg Larsson was working on a fourth novel in the series, I hoped that the third book would finally heal Salander’s personal plight against society and finally be at peace until another situation comes.
I still feel really sad that Stieg Larsson had to die right before his books had become total hits. He would’ve been wealthy and earned prestige among the readers and critics alike. He would’ve been a true crime fiction legend alongside Robert Ludlum (and his Jason Bourne series) and Tom Clancy. At least, I think so anyway.