Bats of the Republic: An Illuminated Novel
Zachary Thomas Dodson
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"A novel with a steampunk aesthetic and a Philip K. Dick heart" -- A.V. Club
Bats of the Republic is an illuminated novel of adventure, featuring hand-drawn maps and natural history illustrations, subversive pamphlets and science-fictional diagrams, and even a nineteenth-century novel-within-a-novel—an intrigue wrapped in innovative design.
In 1843, fragile naturalist Zadock Thomas must leave his beloved in Chicago to deliver a secret letter to an infamous general on the front lines of the war over Texas. The fate of the volatile republic, along with Zadock’s future, depends on his mission. When a cloud of bats leads him off the trail, he happens upon something impossible...
Three hundred years later, the world has collapsed and the remnants of humanity cling to a strange society of paranoia. Zeke Thomas has inherited a sealed envelope from his grandfather, an esteemed senator. When that letter goes missing, Zeke engages a fomenting rebellion that could free him—if it doesn’t destroy his relationship, his family legacy, and the entire republic first.
As their stories overlap and history itself begins to unravel, a war in time erupts between a lost civilization, a forgotten future, and the chaos of the wild. Bats of the Republic is a masterful novel of adventure and science fiction, of elliptical history and dystopian struggle, and, at its riveting core, of love.
Floating above it, he could see the lake, the clustered units, the dull and beaten barrier. ∧∧ Zeke didn’t like passing from one city-state to another. The statite car scared him. The inside was cold and white. It was uncomfortable being shut in with other passengers, barely able to move. Though he dreaded traveling by tram, now he was anxious to board and be whisked away from Texas as quickly as possible. ∧∧ On tram flights the statite car hovered on solar sails in geosynchronous orbit. The
himself, or was. His record is without a blemish. What I’ve found in Zeke’s file is disturbing. He had a flag: a deadline for an uncarbon’d document. The file had been doctored so that no one would know it was an open case. Daxon has taken the thread on personally, highly unusual given his rank. His namestamps were all over it. I instantly knew it was the letter. By reporting it I only meant to discover it. I never thought that it might be something the Thomas family was hiding from the Law.
pomegranates?” ∧∧ ∧∧ “How many days do I find you here, still in your nightclothes, with laudanum on your breath?” ∧∧ “I quit laudanum.” ∧∧ “It’s just another thing that puts us both at risk.” ∧∧ ∧∧ ∧∧ ∧∧ ∧∧ ∧∧ “They probably would have showed us how to crack them.” ∧∧ ∧∧ “You can’t wait anymore, Zeke. You have to act. They’re listening to you. They’ll find something. You’ll end up in jail, and I’ll end up alone.” ∧∧ ∧∧ ∧∧ Zeke got up and went to the waterroom. He needed a moment alone. He stared
returned to the other room for her shirt. ∧∧ ∧∧ ∧∧ ∧∧ “I have something else to tell you,” Zeke called after her. ∧∧ ∧∧ “Keep your voice down!” She hurried back in, dressed for the square. “I altered Leeya’s file for Raisin too, you know. We were both worried. Tell him to do the right thing.” She sat down next to him. “What is it?” He took her hand again and tried to speak calmly. ∧∧ “Your father is here.” ∧∧ ∧∧ ∧∧ “I’m not sure what you mean.” ∧∧ “I met your father. He’s in Texas.” ∧∧ Silence.
read it,’ she promised. ‘Straightaway.’ ‘Good. It is also expected that knowledge is shared between Sisters. You have known that Mr. Buell is cousin to Mr. Thomas?’ At the thought of these two men, and the marriage proposal, Elswyth’s breath caught in her throat. She nodded. ‘It was unforeseen. But no matter now. Though he carries the blood, he is not a suitable replacement. I expect you agree.’ Elswyth nodded again, fortifying herself. She lifted Grapes and slid a large sheet underneath him.