Plot Summary: Francis Cassavant has just returned from fighting in the war with a major physical deformity. He jumped on a grenade and it pretty much blew his face off. No one in his home town recognises him and that only aids him further in his mission to kill Larry LeSalle because Larry is not as innocent and perfect as everyone seems to think he is.
What I liked: I thought this was a very thought-provoking novel about what it means to be a hero. What defines a hero? Bravery? Selflessness? What if they didn't want to be a hero? I thought Francis as the protagonist was so well-written, and flawed. He was so torn between wrong and right, between love and respect. He was in a sucky situation and he didn't want to be a hero and he didn't want to be recognised, but he also didn't want to be alone.
Another thing I thought Cormier did fabulously well in this book was his depth of characters. This book is only 97 pages. You wouldn't think that'd be enough to develop the characters the way he does. But all the characters were relevant and didn't feel like they'd just been shoved into the background of the book. It was almost like they'd been living there for years and you were able to just come in and see a glimpse of who they were. It was fabulous.
What I didn't like: It was a bit short, but I think if it were any longer, it would've ruined the magic.
The only other fault I can find with this book is that for the two-thirds of this book I was super confused as to where it was set. Everyone had French names, but he'd served in France and was in hospital in London, but I finally figured it out, so it's okay.
I was gonna say 7.5/10, but it had something a little extra that I thought deserved a slightly higher rating. I don't know. You be the judge.... Just kidding. That's my job.