Things are heating up for characters of my most recent read. Seems when China and Russia won WWIII they divided the United States nearly in half. As the book now stands it may turn into an outright PA book and shy away from pure dystopian. Events occurring in the final moments before the US surrendered has made this a very likely situation. All the scientist made off with the enriched uranium and plutonium. They were told to hide it away and conduct a 'scorched earth guerrilla war' and use their suitcase nukes to make the 'Reds' feel the sting. So if the book continues in the same vein as it has been, an explosive conclusion may be in the offing.
And in other news: I just had my six month dental cleaning last week and when the dentist was poking around he thought I should have a couple of elderly fillings replaced. My mouth is still numb as I type this, but (as I told my dentist) 'if the world comes to screeching end I won't have to worry about figuring out how pull my own teeth' (like the protagonist of Night Work). I'm good in that respect for another six months.
Further updates as events warrant.
The book never did take the mythical turn away from a purely dystopian novel and become apocalyptic. It was a fantastic read and served well as a diversion at sub-jobs but is just not deserving of a place on the list.