Sigh.. I'm being SO generous with 2 stars.
What a disappointment. I didn't expect much because come on, these things never go well, but I was so hopeful. I LOVE Lisbeth Salander and was excited to hear more about what she's been up to and have her use her awesome skills for justice. She MAKES these books and sadly, she was hardly in this book. What?! Yes, it's absolutely crazy. The Millennium series is one of my all time favorites. I know that it was a lot to live up to, but Lagercrantz didn't even come close.
First, I want to start off saying that this will definitely be a spin-off trilogy, not just one book. It has to be, because more than half of this book, was just character introductions and set up for the future. I cannot tell you how much I was bored with all the extreme character information. I'm not kidding. You get all this background and irrelevant information about characters that even die. I don't care. All I wanted was to be reading about Lisbeth and her awesomeness. I mean, I would even settle for Blomkvist too. He just seemed so different and not the same person from the previous books. There is no one more important than Lisbeth. The cover even says, "A Lisbeth Salander novel." Yet, she wasn't hardly anywhere to be found.
Back to the plot. It was just so boring to me. I'm a third of the way through this book and nothing has really happened. I kept thinking that the ending would just get better, right? Something amazing would happen to make me forgive 3/4's of this book. Nope. Lame and really not all that interesting. Honestly, I don't even know what the author was trying to do with this book.
The writing is just not there. Lagercrantz isn't even on the same plane as Larsson's books. I would not be surprised if he didn't even read the first three books. I mean, I'm sure he did but it doesn't seem like it.
It was so much set up that it was too much. I will say that maybe a whole chapter could be Lisbeth's part in this book. This author breaks up a chapter and has a lot of different characters in them. There was too much hacker lingo. Don't get me wrong, it's a huge part of most of this book I'm not a hacker. So all this extreme amount of information was just overkill. I felt my eyes glazing over and just zoning out. I'm pretty sure this book was about AI intelligence and it got away. Someone has it and will take over the world.. blah blah blah. Is that all that authors think of this day and age? AI? Larsson had deep, meaningful plots and that's what I loved about him. He could write a 2,000 page book and I wouldn't want to put it down. I mean, some of his previous books were pretty long and I devoured them. I had to force myself to finish this book. Oh yeah, this is also about a boy that is a savant. He was more of a main character than Lisbeth. Okay, okay, you get my point. I'll stop saying it already.
Another thing that I hated. Wasp being defined by Marvel. ARE. YOU. KIDDING. ME?!?! I always figured it to the fact that she was small and loved to take her time and then strike fast. She would strike so fast that you wouldn't even know it until it was too late. I mean, like a wasp, ya know?! Now, all this Marvel stuff was just annoying. Not everything in this world has to be about Marvel.
Overall, this was just not a good book. Even if I didn't know anything about the previous books, it would still be bad. It was just so slow and boring. The author took so many liberties with changing things that it doesn't even seem like it's connected to the series. I will not be reading the next one..