The setting of shiver is familiar to our world because of the weather and climate conditions. If anything, the setting reminds me a lot of Wisconsin, just that there is no mention of cattle at all, just wolves; still familiar though. Where the main characters live, it’s a harshly cold area where slush and snow are always in the streets and when summer finally comes, it’s not long enough.
While I read this book I’m most familiar with the woods and how they would look like if you were just outside of them. I can imagine tall thin trees that are striped of their leaves, shaking in the treetops from the wind.
Even a scene in the book is familiar, while Sam investigates a house that belonged to a boy who recently ‘died’, he finds a room full of stuffed animals such as deer heads and other wild animals. You could easily imagine what it would look like from the main characters point of view. The only unfamiliar setting I can remember is when Sam was taken to the hospital by Grace. All I could imagine was a different scene from a movie, because in the movie there had been a hospital scene.
All in all, the book shiver has a very Wisconsin like feel to it, just without the farms.