Review: Thumbprint: A Story

Thumbprint: A Story
Thumbprint: A Story by Joe Hill

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In the story, “Thumbprint,” Hill really does a fantastic job of delving into the debasement of one’s humanity by the many things asked of a soldier during war. Some, whose nature is ripe for it in the first place, gravitate toward it more easily than others. In one paragraph, regarding the $200 per month bonus received by soldiers in a combat zone, the protagonist Mallory Grennan reflects upon this.
“Two hundred dollars a month was what it cost to make a torturer out of her.”
It’s a very short but very intense look at a soldier who came home but was followed by the war she survived.

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