How Do the Environmental Settings in "Things We Didn't See Coming" Set a Dark and Hopeless Tone

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How do the environmental conditions in Things We Didn’t See Coming set a dark and hopeless tone? When reading Steven Amsterdam’s “Bold, original and sneakily affecting” novel; Things We Didn’t See Coming readers are made aware of the environmental changes in the dystopian world that Amsterdam presents. As the chapters progress in the novel a different environmental event happens or can be predicted to happen. Although environmental conditions seem to make a world the environmental conditions described in Things We Didn’t See Coming appear to break the world in which they live in. Along with environmental conditions comes change and in this case disaster leaves the people of this time distraught and diverse alternating in a dark and hopeless place to live, or die. As if the natural disasters weren’t hard enough to try and survive through, readers are also made aware that there are pandemics and pestilences going on at the same time. This creates a dark and hopeless tone as the readers are left wondering; does it come down to survival of the fittest when the environment is against everything and everyone? And will it ever stop being dark and hopeless for the characters in the novel? As Otis suggests in the first chapter of Things We Didn’t See Coming “The future is a hospital, packed with sick people…and suddenly the lights go out, the water shuts off, and you know in your heart that they’re never coming back on. That’s the future”. This immediately makes readers contemplate what the future may look like, this also sets a dark and hopeless tone to the novel before anything in the environment has changed. In the chapter “What We Know Now” there have been no signs of environmental changes as of yet, only predictions being made of what might happen to the world and the environment .Otis makes a prophecy in the first chapter that “There will be breakdowns that can’t be fixed [and] water will be as valuable as oil…” Otis’ predictions were proved accurate during the rest...
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