As we near the end of the book, I have to say, the world here is much less destroyed than most post-apocalypse media I have consumed. Mad Max’s deserts and Cormac McCarthy’s road are both bombed out hellscapes. I imagined that sort of landscape when Fan left B-mor and was summarily hit by a car. Upon further reading, it really seems like Armageddon came with a whimper, and that if you took a picture of the Fan’s world, it would match up fairly well with ours.

I imagine the setting could be the result of a few different things: commentary on economic/environmental policies today, a style choice to allow for fan to traverse the world easier, or something obvious that I’m missing. What do you guys think?