Greenville, NH, December 16, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- Says Living Small Press editor Delphine Cheney, "Alan's novel is a kind of Atlas Mugged. The corporate pandemic monetizes humanity, shifting rewards from creators and producers to gamblers and executive con artists. Occupy groups protest student debt, outsourcing, downsizing, backbreaking medical expense, bankers, securicrats, and Congressional coma."
Young Addison Winthrop, foreclosed upon and homeless, struggles with life in a tent city next to an exit ramp in Camden, NJ. She crashes courses at a nearby university and meets Professor Stone, a social evolution scientist. He postulates the emergence of a new, sentient life form – Corpo Sapiens. It feeds on human need and excretes spent workers.
The Great Collapse brings on food riots, hyperinflation, joblessness, and corporate seizure of government functions. Addison joins Stone’s underground group of student activists fighting Corpos by setting one behemoth against another. In the group she finds Landon, an idealistic economics PhD candidate. Together they escape to the mountains of New Hampshire where they get closer to the land, closer to themselves, and closer to each other in a community of homesteaders.
Can they survive the corporate city-states, government thugs, and armed gangs as they learn to shelter and feed themselves from the land using long-forgotten technology?
Exit City (Occupy the Whole Damned Thing), 208pp, is available on Amazon Kindle for $0.99. It is the first of six novels in the Occupy series by Michael J. Alan that Living Small Press will publish.