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Everything Matters! by Ron Currie Jr.
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Aug 17, 2009

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Everything Matters has a unique and provocative premise. Junior is told while still in the womb that the world will end thirty-six years after his birth when a giant comet will slam into the planet. The voices that inform him of this catastrophe remain with him throughout his life as he struggles through ups and downs and the eternal question, "Why bother?" Author Ron Currie, Jr. made an impact with his first effort, God is Dead which had a similarly provocative premise (God takes on human form and is killed). While Everything Matter takes a more personal viewpoint (God is Dead was a series of short vignettes focusing on different characters while Everything Matters essentially follows Junior's life and those of his family) it somehow lacks the focus that his first novel possessed.

After the first third of the novel sets up Junior's relationships with his mother, father, brother, and one true love, the second third takes a radical shift as Junior hits the skids, becomes a serious alcoholic, becomes involved in a potential act of terrorism, then finds himself working with the government on an intricate science fiction solution to the world's woes. Another shift brings his family sharply back into play, and it looks like things are going to end badly for Junior and his loved ones. Cue the final act of the novel where redemption is found.

Most of Everything Matters is inventive and emotionally resonant. I really enjoyed two-thirds of the novel. Unfortunately I found the middle section involving the government to be far-fetched and out of place in an otherwise powerful examination of humanity's search for meaning in a chaotic world. Currie creates some truly memorable characters, most notably Junior's hard-working, taciturn father - an archetype seen many times before, but in Currie's hands made poetically heroic.

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message 1: by Vicki (new)

Vicki Oleskey that one is in my Amazon shopping cart

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