EllieM: Are you wondering 'what next?' after reading the The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo? I recommend that you try Child of The Hive by Jessica Meats.
Both books are plot driven action packed thrillers with a rather unexpected heroine. Like Lisbeth Salander, Child of the Hive's Sophie is a highly intelligent computer geek. Someone you would not necessarily choose as a best friend but you grow fond of her as the story progresses.
Stieg Larsson's blockbuster is a more traditional 'whodunnit' and the main plot puzzle is the identity of the murderer. Jessica Meats writes in a slightly a different genre, Child of The Hive is a speculative thriller on the borders of science fiction, and as such it presents different puzzles. For example a moral one, exactly which sub group should I classify as 'the bad guys'? As for guessing the ending, most people will not see where the book is going. I failed. But the surprising nature of the story is much of its fun. With the benefit of hindsight you can see that the climax of 'Child' is tidy and satisfactory. Certainly not one of those annoying thrillers with a plot balanced on one very unlikely clue which has been carefully draped in numerous red herrings.
Both books should appeal to a wide range of readers, but I suggest Child of the Hive is also more suitable for a slightly younger group than The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo which is distinctly adult in places.
Child of The Hive is a really ‘good read’, I give it 5 stars out of five… (more)
YA. SCIENCE FICTION. Genius kids - three boys and a girl at sixth form level. Secret organization - The Hive (as in Resident Evil) Technology with philosophy. Will is different . 'special'. A genius at maths who, though at school studying for his A levels, lives on his own in a dingy, run-down bed-sit and works at night to support himself. But there's something else that sets him apart. Sophie is 'special' too. Watched in a secret government facility she spends her days creating unfathomable patterns on endless sheets of graph paper, never speaking a word. But she is fighting a secret war - a war against the deadly organization known as the Hive. Set in a Britain of the near future, Child of the Hive is both a tense sci-fi thriller and a gripping exploration of what it means to be human in a world of ever-increasing technological sophistication. An unputdownable read. Ages 16+.… (more)