A Giant Comes | Critical Book Review

A.J. Saxsma’s “A Giant Comes” may have a tantalizing title, but don’t be misled – this book doesn’t frolic in the same literary territory as childhood classics. Instead, it draws inspiration from the cautionary tale of “Don’t Look Up” and the gritty realism of “Attack on Titan.” The result is a seemingly simple story that conceals a web of pertinent themes. In this narrative, a looming giant serves as the catalyst for an exploration of faith, community, and the rot within our society.

A Bleak Beginning

The story kicks off with a young newsboy trapped in a life of poverty and abuse, where his job is his sole lifeline. His fateful encounter with an elderly man, who initially rejects a package, sets the narrative in motion. This old man, in turn, unravels a tale as his explanation for the refusal.

The Tale of the Traveler

The core narrative revolves around a boy who joins forces with a traveler on a mission to deliver a critical message to a nearby village – a village threatened by an impending giant. While the village elder takes the traveler seriously, the rest of the population remains divided, skeptical of the threat. Weeks pass, and no giant emerges, causing tensions to simmer between the traveler and the village’s ordinary residents, merchants, and even the church. But when a shocking discovery comes to light, the situation escalates further.

A Mirror to Society

Saxsma’s novel serves as a microcosmic reflection of our contemporary world. Beneath the veneer of orderliness in the village lies a seething cauldron of social, economic, and religious injustices. The traveler’s declaration serves as a catalyst, bringing these issues to the surface. “A Giant Comes” holds up a mirror to our precarious reality, demonstrating how close we are to disaster. Like a house of cards, our civilization teeters on the brink of collapse. What happens when we look past the scapegoats and confront the systemic problems plaguing us? What remains when the only glue holding our society together is the faith we invest in our institutions and communities? Saxsma’s novel poses these questions but leaves the answers to us, emphasizing the futility and vanity of our ways with impressive conciseness.

A Swift Narrative, Weighty Themes

Saxsma’s writing style is swift and engaging, propelling readers effortlessly from one page to the next. The book’s thought-provoking themes offer literary fiction enthusiasts ample food for thought. I wholeheartedly recommend “A Giant Comes” and eagerly anticipate more from this talented author in the future.

Modern Book Details:

PublisherGenrePrint LengthISBN
IndieBookViewLiterary & General Fiction145 pages979-8218038120

A.J. Saxsma’s “A Giant Comes” may have a tantalizing title, but don’t be misled – this book doesn’t frolic in the same literary territory as childhood classics. Instead, it draws inspiration from the cautionary tale of “Don’t Look Up” and the gritty realism of “Attack on Titan.” The result is a seemingly simple story that…