We see The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest from different characters' points of view. These characters are basically divided into two categories: those motivated to uncover the truth and those motivated to cover it. A good amount of this novel is about bringing the truth to light. How the media influences perceptions of reality, and allows for manipulation of reality, are also hot issues related to this theme. Similarly, the novel explores how the various technologies available – from computer and Internet technology, to printing presses, to weapons – influence perceptions of reality.