OK, so how is this for a unique plot line? A person is born and given the special knowledge that the world will come to an end in his 36th year of life on Earth; he has the ability to tell strangers about specific and dramatic events in their pasts; and he is among a handful of the smartest people on the planet! Whoa, it doesn’t get much better than this.
The telling of this novel by writer Ron Currie, Jr. (God Is Dead) – who was working as a short-order cook two years ago – is just as good as the premise. Currie has a style that calls forth science-fiction, yet it is straightforward and easy to read. What I do not agree with are the unfortunate comparisons that have been made between Currie and Kurt Vonnegut. To read Vonnegut you must completely suspend your belief in what is real and possible – he creates a completely artificial world. Currie’s world is quite real, except for the main character who is the only person with the potential to save a doomed planet.
Currie has other surprises up his sleeve, such as fooling you when you think you’re at what has to be the end of the tale; he suddenly reprises the story in such a unique way that you’ll wonder why no one else has thought of doing it. I kept thinking of bands, like the Beatles, the Who and the Small Faces, who loved to close their songs with fake endings, only to come back with the real closer.
Everything Matters! is so completely one-of-a-kind that I cannot disclose anything else about the story line without ruining it for future readers. I’ll just say that this is absolutely the best book I’ve read since the early 70’s! At the end, you’ll feel better about yourself and the planet… You’ll feel proud to be a human being.