Book Review – There is One of Everything in the World by A.T. MacDonnacha

oneofeverythingThere is One of Everything in the World

By A.T. MacDonnacha

198 pages – ages 8+

Published by Little Boy Blue Productions on November 20, 2012

Baboogan and his father, Haiyugen, lived on an island. The place they, and the others they lived with, thought was the only habitable place in the world after the Great Floods happened. Now they are lost at sea. Angry for being banished to the other side of the island for being outspoken and disagreeable, Baboogan and Haiyugen left the island. Then they got completely lost when they sailed through a terrible storm. That is, until they beach on a strange island. To their amazement, the strange island had people on it. There, they meet a man who has a map that shows the world before the great floods, and may have Haiyugen and Baboogan’s island marked on it. They see if they can find a crew who will sail with them, following the winds and waves, to who-knows-where; maybe back to Haiyugen and Baboogan’s island or maybe to new wondrous worlds, or maybe just getting them hopelessly lost.

I like the dystopian feel to this story. The Great Floods idea is pretty unique (the story isn’t about Noah’s Ark – it mentions electricity in the prologue, and there are modern things in the book, too, so it happens in “modern” times). I like Haiyugen. He’s a pretty cool guy and I like how logical he is. Glic (the guy with the map) is another character that stuck out for me. The islands the crew journey to are very unique (one has 12-inch high people on it!) and interesting (one has only birds on it!). The story had a Jules Verne/Odyssey feel to it. The places the characters visited were described vividly and Mr. MacDonnacha made them pretty believable. Mr. MacDonnacha has a great writing style, the story didn’t drag at all. One part of the plot that rang a little odd to me was there was hardly any conflict among the crew on the ship. They were wandering around the sea, it seems like a good place to put some conflict, but that’s just my opinion. I think this is a great book for kids that love sci-fi/dystopian adventures! I’d readily read the next book in this series.

I give this book four out of five bookworms!fourbooks

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Categories: Age 9+

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15 replies

  1. That’s a killer title.

  2. This is a good review, Erik. It seems people like to read, and write, about near-hopeless situations that flow into discoveries that release them into a new space in life. This book looks as if it does that.
    You don’t like the cover art? From what you described of this story, I think the cover art sets up the story well as the main characters’ main goal seems to be to explore by setting sail to make discoveries. The sky looks ominous, stormy, mysterious. And green. Very green. Maybe it’s too green for you?

  3. Interesting. I do like sailing novels and exotic new place. The cover is a little odd. I really like the angle of the ship and the light and dark, but the text placement is unappealing. The story sounds intriguing, though.

  4. I like the ship on the cover but not the fonts and layout. Sounds like a great theme though and reminiscent of Water-World. Did you see that?

  5. I would like to go out to sea. That would be a fine adventure. This sounds like a fine story to take along.

  6. I know it’s a little far off but the story reminded me just a teeny weeny bit of The Cay which my daughter read for her Literature class, but haven’t read it myself. And yes, the TV series LOST! 🙂

    • The Cay is a great book alright. We studied it in school as well, but that was a long time ago and I can’t remember it well enough to make comparisons. It is definitely worth reading.
      I couldn’t watch Lost because they kept talking about the Others, who didn’t seem to exist!
      I have no problem making time for someone who took the time to read my book, Erik. There are a lot of adults in business who wouldn’t be remotely as professional as you are in your part-time blogging. Keep it up!

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