Cole brings us back to his ruined, post-apocalyptic America in The Savage Boy. Much like the prior novel, we're introduced to a nameless character, this time "Boy" instead of "Old Man," who talks to an imaginary character in his head while wandering the wastelands. Boy was adopted by a former US Army sergeant, who largely tutored him in survival skills and common sense. Attempting to use those skills to complete the sergeants 28 year old mission and report back to I Corps in mysterious 'Oakland,' teaches Boy about good, bad and love.
It has been long enough since I read Old Man and the Wasteland, however and quickly the story came back to me at first. I was a bit surprised to see the story continued at all, the ending of the prior book seemed final to me, but this story slots in before the events at the end of Old Man and the Wasteland and helps it make a bit more sense. I have already started the third book, I believe it is the final in the series, The Road is a River.