Bats of the Republic
By Zachary Dodson
Hardcover, 445 pages
Zeke Thomas lives in the heavily controlled Republic of Texas, moving through the life phases of the system that was in part created by his own grandfather. Writing is forbidden and his every conversation could be recorded and monitored by the government – for posterity of course, because they don’t want to lose any of their history like they did after The Collapse. Every surviving document has been carbon copied and when Zeke’s grandfather passed away, he finds himself in possession of a sealed letter, an uncarbon’d document, and this could put him in serious trouble with the government. Zeke’s storyline parallels that of his ancestor some 300 years prior, Zadock Thomas, who is on a mission to Texas to deliver a mysterious letter.
Once upon a time I came across this book in Barnes & Noble, added it to my Amazon wishlist and promptly forgot about it. I think I spotted this book shortly after its release and it wasn’t until my friend Mel read it (and raved about it) recently that I was reminded of its existence. Holy crap, I’m so glad I read this book.