‘Tornado Alley’ is a hilarious satire that takes place in the near future. Combining the styles of Don Delillo’s White Noise, George Orwell’s 1984 and George Saunder’s Pastoralia, Tornado Alley takes the reader on wild ride throughout the bread basket. When a troubled young magazine writer with a case of severe writer’s block gets assigned to chase tornadoes with three offbeat characters, he ends up getting the ride of his life. His assignment: to write about storm chasers or get fired from his magazine job. But in the process he ends up getting mixed up with a sinister corporate entity whose primary goal is the maximization of profits through humans’ innate fear of tornadoes. The corporation’s research has determined that primal fear leads to rampant consumerism, and so they travel throughout Tornado Alley promoting their unique brand of corporate fascism and scaring the good people of the Midwest. And because of the expected increase in tornado activity due to global warming, the evil corporation aims to use the brute power of mother nature to grow their bottom line, and in the process groom the helpless writer as the next puppet dictator of Tornado Alley.
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