Also, in this story, the author creates a convincing look at a bleak future society in which local "latch bosses" use gangs of thugs to maintain power over select sections of the "Urb" the ruins of a former great city. Many people are homeless and many children have no families.
The person telling the story is Spaz. He's basically telling us (the readers) what he's going through and experiencing. He is also telling the story in retrospect. (It already happened.)
From Spaz's point of view, I see the world that he lives in as a very hard world to live in. Many people have no homes or families; That must be very hard for them to deal with.