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The Wolves Within Our Walls

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On April 21, 2021, the world as we know it ended due to a catastrophic technology and infrastructure collapse.

The Wolves Within Our Walls follows a troubled 28-year-old waitress, Zoe Wilkes, through her internal and external struggles following the attack as she enters a sustainable, off-the-grid, housing community run by leader and former environmental lobbyist, Jacob
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Paperback, First edition, 264 pages
Published July 10th 2017 by Pruple Pill Publishing LLC
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Ffion
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not a relaxing read, this debut thriller novel – although it is interesting, and definitely a page turner.

The feeling of unease comes mostly from its setting, a world less than five years (2021) in the future, where 'normal 'society and technology is collapsing. It's not so far into the future as to seem impossible, which makes it a frighteningly realistic and suspenseful story.

Zoe, the main character and narrator, develops as a person throughout the story. While she can comes across as
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Corrie Thompson
Oct 01, 2017 rated it liked it
The attack has changed everything and now is Zoe’s chance to recreate herself with a group of survivors and maybe find a family she never had. But as time passes, fear plays its hand in shaping what her community must do to endure. All her relationships become shrouded in lies and she has to determine what is most important: truth or safety.
Flinders writes the story as a journal entry from Zoe’s perspective looking back over her years in this community and gives away every turn and death
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Victoria
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
In a post-apocalyptic world after the attack which destroys our entire grid system, Zoe Wilkes finds refuge and companionship in a secluded community that inevitably is too good to be true. While fictional, this story is a heavy-handed satirical reflection of our own tremulous government and how our leaders influence and even manipulate us. Our leaders may be intentionally deceptive, perceivably for our collective benefit to keep order and peace, but Zoe challenges us to question the boundaries ...more
Amy
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Zoe is a 28-year-old who finds herself in the middle of a network apocalypse in 2021. Taken in by a group of survivors, she becomes part of their community, who have several acres of land, houses, running water, food, and everything they need to start over. She befriends Jacob, Miles, and Holly, and their friendship slowly evolves over the next few years, with dark secrets that are unveiled that change the way Zoe sees them and her new community.

This apocalyptic literary fiction is a great
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Christine-Marie Dixon
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Zoe Wilkes is caught in the prolonged adolescence that has entrapped many millennials. A directionless 20-something stuck in a dead-end job and a cycle of drug and alcohol abuse, her life is forever changed when the technology the world has come to rely on suddenly fails. As society begins to collapse, she is rescued by a group of people living off-the-grid in a sustainable society. Communal life is not without its challenges, however, and Zoe soon finds herself grappling with the complexities ...more
Jane
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
An apocalyptic novel about Zoe who is rescued and taken into a sustainable self-sufficient community after a complete technological collapse of society as we know it. It is well written and flows well and I like the fact that I hadn't figured out the ending by the midpoint! The one thing I questioned was the fact that if the apocalypse was caused only by a breakdown in the world's technology (not factoring in other things such as climate change), that people would still be struggling 6 years on ...more
Kaitlin
Oct 02, 2017 rated it liked it
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The Wolves Within Our Walls is a post-apocalyptic novel, but rather than the brutal survival stories we're all (perhaps overly) familiar with, it's more to do with the darkness that lurks within us. Our protagonist, Zoe, is a young woman whose life has stalled when an unspecified attack sends the US into a new dark ages. Zoe manages to join a walled commune, set up by a group of people who saw the disaster coming. Life is pretty good inside the compound - plenty of supplies, housing, plumbing, ...more
Casey Dooley
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
At best, the author is earnest in trying to create a novel with immediacy and big ideas and complex characters. Unfortunately, what's on the page feels half-baked and not fully realized, full of implausible action and flighty timelines. It goes from zero to apocalypse in a few days (minor spoiler: the internet did it; it's hacked and somehow even the water supply gets contaminated ). Whole societies (and the breakdown thereof, as well) and fundamental relationships spring up within a week and ...more
Robin Goodfellow
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Wolves Within Our Walls, by L.E. Flinders, is a psychological suspense about living with a facade, one that hides a horrific monster beneath.

Zoe Wilkes lives an average life, working as a waitress and living with her roommate, Ben. One night, she is awoken by an alarming call from Becky, who urges them to go to her house. Not long after that, Zoe and Ben are evacuated to a shelter, where food and water are in limited supply. She escapes, only to run into a mysterious man named Jacob. Jacob
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Katherine Parsons
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is a wonderful new twist on post-apocalyptic humanity. Full of suspense and complicated romance, The Wolves Within Our Walls explores the ethics of survival, delivering a thinly veiled message about the divisive state of the world today. The overly self-conscious narrator is a little difficult to follow to begin with, but as the book progresses this becomes crucial to fully understanding the themes of the novel - Flinders provokes a self-reflection that lasts far beyond the end of the ...more
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L.E. Flinders studied political science, criminology, and sociology at the University of New Orleans. She earned her Juris Doctor from Loyola University New Orleans, College of Law. She has worked as an actress, a waitress, a juvenile diversion law clerk, a cashier, an activist, a paralegal, a barista, a hostess, a Rule XX prosecutor, a bartender, a zine distributor, and a dog sitter, just to name ...more
“Change is always a scary thing. We try to imagine various scenarios to prepare ourselves, like Jacob did with his hypotheticals. But when you find yourself in circumstances that you never thought possible, even if frequently imagined, when the consequences of those impossible, fantasy-tinted circumstances become real, it can be paralyzing.” 0 likes
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