Content Warning: Violence, sexual assault and death
Format I Read: Audiobook
Grade: Exceeds expectations
Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder – and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet’s disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from 40 years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.
Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend the unveiling of a discovery that ‘will change the face of science forever’. The evening’s host is his friend and former student, Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old tech magnate whose dazzling inventions and audacious predictions have made him a controversial figure around the world. This evening is to be no exception: he claims he will reveal an astonishing scientific breakthrough to challenge the fundamentals of human existence.
But Langdon and several hundred other guests are left reeling when the meticulously orchestrated evening is blown apart before Kirsch’s precious discovery can be revealed. With his life under threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape, along with the museum’s director, Ambra Vidal. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret.
In order to evade a tormented enemy who is one step ahead of them at every turn, Langdon and Vidal must navigate labyrinthine passageways of hidden history and ancient religion. On a trail marked only by enigmatic symbols and elusive modern art, Langdon and Vidal uncover the clues that will bring them face-to-face with a world-shaking truth that has remained buried – until now.
Six months ago Aether Corporation sent Elena, Adam, and three other recruits on a trip to the future where they brought back secret information – but not everyone made it back to the present alive. But Aether’s not done with her – or Adam, or fellow survivor, Chris. The travelers on Aether’s latest mission to the future have gone missing, and Elena and her friends are drafted into the rescue effort. Now every trip through time reveals new complications, and more lives lost – or never born. Elena and Adam must risk everything – including their relationship – to save their friends.
Note: I received an e-copy of this book via Net Galley in exchange for my honest review.
There’s friendships, family issues and an actually believable relationship in here as well, and I enjoyed all of that. The plot got more intricate and the stakes were higher as compared to Future Shock.This was my second series involving time-travel this year and I’ve loved it so far. I felt that this book was better than the first, so I’m eagerly anticipating the third, which I’m hoping will be bigger in scale.
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The topic for today (02/02/17) is: Favourite Books Across Genres