Everything Matters!: A Novel by Ron Currie (Penguin Books, $16.00, 320 pages)
Years ago I read a now out-of-print novel about a man who dies but is then given a second chance at life. I thought of that book while reading this unique and inspirational story from author Ron Currie, Jr. Everything Matters! begins with an amazing premise: when John Thibodeau, Jr., known as “Junior,” is born he is informed there is “one thing for certain,” which is that the world will come to an end in 36 years, 186 days, 14 hours and 23 seconds from the time of his birth.
The question is, of course, what will Junior do with this knowledge? Will he inform others – even if he is thought to be insane – or use his great intellectual skills (he is the fourth most intelligent person on the face of the earth) to fashion a science-based escape for mankind?
Junior must ask himself the key question: Will anything I do matter? In the end, he finds his answer: that in the here and now of life, anything is possible.
This is a work of faith, just not in the usual sense. It is a tale that validates the saying that even when there is no plan, everything works out according to plan.
A review copy was provided by the publisher.