There must be a million ways to dream up your story’s setting and make it come alive. It’s useful to ask straightforward and direct questions about the climate and technology your characters deal with. But sometimes it’s better—and fun—to sneak up on your mind and approach it from a different angle.
Your setting is more than a place where characters get into mischief and (possibly) get out again. It’s easy to skimp on setting when you’re trying to get your story down—and there is nothing wrong with that.