I Town - Book One
Five hundred feet in diameter, half that in breadth. One hundred tons. In a sporting arena the treadwheel would cover the field, end zones, sidelines, and the seats around them. The weight of thousands of people walking inside drove it. (1-2)
The walkers of Wheel Six adopted the new condition as the status quo because they had little other choice—whatever was going on out there was going on out there; their job remained the same, to walk. (289)
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Welcome to Trintico
In the not so distant future a global authority has established an equitable distribution of carbon energy resources, driving prices too high for the consumers in the Carbon Nation. After a civil war over the use of renewable resources, the Global Power Authority banned the transfer of wind and water power into electricity. Trintico is a pocket of civilization built amidst the vast post-petroleum-apocalypse wastelands. It is founded on a social machine carefully designed and engineered by the brilliant Secretary of Electricity. The citizens of Induction Town walk on giant treadwheels to produce electricity. Their massive diets power the great nation Trintico.
Shevi and Jackson are to young people trying to keep up with the momentum of society. They only want to do their jobs well enough to help their parents pay the rent. Shevi is a big girl with a bright future. She needs to eating enough to keep a place on Wheel Three, and marrying into one of the biggest families in I Town. Jackson is a skinny kid. He needs to survive one more crime, then maybe he can get a legitimate job. They have no future together. But each time they meet, the attraction between them grows stronger until it threatens the status quo.
Mr. Myrtle is a small man with big ambitions. He can make himself look better to the people who maintain the social machine of Trintico if he makes sure these two kids are reminded of their proper places.
The Trintico Quartet
Welcome to Trintico
An enclave of civilization surrounded by vast post-apocalypse wastelands. Three sovereign but interdependent walled steampunk cities, each with a different kind of self-imposed dystopia. The inhabitants of each will have to accept the demands of the social machine or risk getting cast out into the Wilds. Crazy King Ludd and his vagabond marauders wait there to enslave anyone they capture. Worse still are the Faux-Zombies who reenact an old movie in an abandoned Carbon Nation shopping mall when the moon is full or the Gasbaggers who value death more than life because of the methane decaying bodies offer.
Leah hoisted up a long-tailed shirt of the densest chainmail Shevi had ever seen. “Let’s try this on you. Mother says your appetite will increase when you’re carrying more weight. She says you could go two-fifty, three hundred if you took care of yourself.” (I Town, page 226)
Shevi and Jackson try to accept that the big must grow bigger to keep up with the increasing energy demands of Trintico. They try to accept the strict discipline of the farmlands that grow the food for I Town. They even try to fit into the Capital's rampant consumerism that wastes the resources of Trintico for the sake of maintaining its social machinery.
“These people do not need to be slaughtered or sterilized,” Sec Elec said, reining the conversation back on route. “They need hope. They need something to strive for. And they need an anthem and a champion to show them the way.”
“We need an anthem, for the monarchy,” Prince Tyler said.
Sec Elec voice dropped into a low growl. “We need a solution to these problems, Your Majesty. It must be real. At the end of the day it must be real.” (I Town, page 163)
If you enjoyed the Leviathan Trilogy, Hunger Games, Incarceron, City of Ember, The Maze Runner Series, or Mortal Engines, the Trintico Quartet is your next great adventure. Set in the not-so-distant future when carbon energy sources are scarce and the trees have retaken the suburbs of the old Carbon Nation, it offers a twisted look at contemporary consumerism.
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The Corporate Society
The Social Machine
Built in the wake of W3, the Wind and Water War, the Trintico Corporate Society was established by the great leader Merwin Burgess and engineered by the brilliant Michael Faraday to conform to the sanctions of the Global Power Authority. Within the three separate, sovereign and interdependent city-states of Trintico, the people were protected from the horrors of the post-petroleum wastelands that surrounded them. They worked hard to maintain their way of life. through natural selection of values and habits, they developed a social machine that became a self-imposed dystopia. Polarized and unsustainable, the machine has now encountered two young people who will oppose its construction and operation because it opposes them. Shevi and Jackson will resist the will of the Social Machine until they overcome it or it destroys them.