Although they are either in or have completed the developmental (remedial) English sequence, I don't think they would consider themselves unable to read at the college level.
My fall 101 students complained that we, as a class, did not read one book. They wanted me to use a book by Lois Lowry that they insist all English teachers love. I am not a Lowry fan.
I worry about the thickness of the Count of Monte Cristo. The kids balked at the size of Nineteen Eighty-Four.
I don't read crime novels. I never reach page two but that is due to my attitude. I could add a couple after I read them.
I just wonder if Larsson (who I haven't read) wouldn't be a bit to intellectual and hip for them. Again, I am talking about the content but the image.