Just finished reading Freak Storm, a play by Matt Pelfry. It certainly kept my interest, and it lived up to its title, but I wouldn't recommend it for the squeamish, and the final resolution... well, it left some things unresolved in my view.
It starts off being about a couple of very scared guys driving to a friend's house.
As for having a pleasant sense of life...
I'd say it's more about the storm and strife.