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Mad Max Fury Road Common Threads (2 of 4)

The visual motif that Mad Max Fury Road shares with I Town, the first novel of the Trintico Tour Quartet is the giant treadwheel. With a pair of treadwheels, humans raise an elevator and pump water to Immortant Joe’s citadel and they also solve a problem of the limited space of the mesa by revolving crops into the sunlight. This odd technology appears in MMRF for only a second but is an important feature in the second Trintico novel Agrarianna.

Agrarianna, the nuturing Motherland of Trintico, provides the food that fuels the walkers on the treadwheels of I Town. Calories are very important. Each walker must consume as much energy in food calories as he or she will generate in electricity. Space inside the protective and controlling Iron Curtain perimeter of the Motherland is valuable. Most has been devoted to producing high-calorie foods like meat and dairy. But as the walkers of I Town suffer increasing health problems, the dietitians of the corporate society advise an increase in fiber from raw vegetables. When Jackson is given the task of increasing vegetable production without using more space in the Motherland, his solution is very similar to the revolving gardens in the Immortant Joe’s citadel.

The idea for a revolving garden came to me from Al Silano, PhD, a good friend and valuable information source. Back when I was still writing I Town, he gave me a copy of the July 2012 issue of Popular Science Magazine. Popular Science July 2012 cover

I filed the magazine away becuase at the time I had a very different notion of what Agrarianna would be about and what the Motherland of the tripartite Trintico Corporate Society would be like. But as the prose flowed and the place took shape, I was pleasantly surprised to see themes naturally transferring over from the first novel. The idea of revolving gardens suddenly made perfect sense and I scrambled to find the magazine Dr. Silano had so wisely shared with me. So that makes twice in two books that he delivered the ultimate point of enlightenment for the plot. Thank you, sir.

The third common thread will be revealed in Part 3.

How I Town compares to Maze Runner

I Town and Maze Runner covers

Like the maze Thomas and his new friends are trapped in, I Town is a crucible, a place of constriction and forced change. Runners searching the maze hope to find a way out of their situation or an explanation of why they’re in it, but the population of I Town doesn’t doubt what it’s supposed to do, how to do it, or why. They walk. They are the best and most reliable renewable energy resource, at least the ones who are big enough. The question is, how long can they keep doing it? When Jackson gives Shevi a novel from the days of the old Carbon Nation, she gleans a truth that shakes the certainty of her world and makes her question everything she’s ever been told.