Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme where we randomly select a book from our To Be Read list and show it off. It’s hosted by Lauren over at Lauren’s Page Turners, so be sure to link back there so that we can all see what everyone’s planning to read!
Bats of the Republic
by Zachary Thomas Dodson
Published October, 2015
From Goodreads: Bats of the Republic features original artwork and an immaculate design to create a unique novel of adventure and science fiction, of political intrigue and future dystopian struggles, and, at its riveting core, of love.
In 1843 Chicago, fragile naturalist Zadock Thomas falls in love with the high society daughter of Joseph Gray, a prominent ornithologist. Mr. Gray sets an impossible condition for their marriage—Zadock must deliver a sealed and highly secretive letter to General Irion, fighting one thousand miles southwest, deep within the embattled and newly independent Republic of Texas. The fate of the Union lies within the mysterious contents of that sealed letter, but that is only the beginning . . .
Three hundred years later, in the dystopian city-state of the Texas Republic, Zeke Thomas has just received news of the death of his grandfather, an esteemed Chicago senator. The world has crumbled. Paper documents are banned, citizens are watched, and dissenters are thrown over the walls into “the rot.” When Zeke inherits—and then loses—a very old, sealed letter from his grandfather, Zeke finds himself and the women he loves at the heart of a conspiracy whose secrets he must unravel, if it doesn’t destroy his relationship, his family legacy, and the entire republic first.
The two propulsive narratives converge through a wildly creative assortment of documents, books within books, maps, notes, illustrations, and more. Zach Dodson has created a gorgeous work of art and an eye-popping commercial adventure for the 21st century.
I came across this book at Barnes & Noble, and while I’ve looked at it often enough, I haven’t purchased it yet. I checked it out from the library for my Nook, but the format did not work well with the art that appears in the book, so I decided to stick with a print copy. I just keep forgetting to see if the library has a physical copy.