"The Appalachian Highlands, says the voice-over"

Appalachian Mountains
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The Appalachians are a colossal mountain range stretching 24,000 kilometres from Alabama in the Deep South of the US to Québec in Newfoundland, Canada.

The slopes are heavily forested and dominate the landscape of the Eastern seaboard. In the novel, they provide sanctuary for tribes of rebels.