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.
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.
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