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Hacked By ShadeBats of the Republic: An Illuminated Novel by Zachary Thomas Dodson
Published by Doubleday on October 6th 2015
Genre: Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction
448 pages
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Summary 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.

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  • Reply Alyssa @ The Devil Orders Takeout January 7, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    Oh, and this had SUCH a fabulous premise. How ironic the book provided the perfect analogy to describe your disappointment — I also dislike those books which just shrug at the ending. I mean, open endings are fine, but at least point me at a specific direction.
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  • Reply Julianne @ Outlandish Lit January 9, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Oh booo I’m so sad to hear about the lack of resolution. I started this book a couple months ago and just kind of didn’t pick it up again (to no fault of the book, I’ve just been bad at reading lately). The format is sooo delightful, but maybe I’ll just skip it if the ending is such a let down.

  • Reply Jorie January 9, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Hallo, Hallo Paloma!

    🙂 So good of you to connect with me before the close of 2015! I had meant to get back with you properly, except that I caught a horrid virus and the hours flew off the clock! This New Years, I am re-organising both my Twitter followers (for book bloggers & booktubers) and my Bloglovin feeds in order to make it easier on me to remain engaged with those I appreciate following as their content on their blogs or vlogs are wicked good!

    I hadn’t realised I wasn’t following you on Bloglovin; just amended this! I came by earlier today, reading several of your posts, and as this was the first one I read, I wanted to say I know what you mean about a bit of a ‘let down’ in regards to a book you’ve picked up to read. It happened quite recently, as I am branching out a bit this new year of 2016 – reading different types of stories and across a more broad spectrum than I have even in the recent past. I tried my hand at a collection of poetry, which simply did not fully resonate with me as I had hoped it might.

    Therefore I can definitely agree with you about being caught up in a premise and finding the end result of reading the story itself to be a bit of a frustrative experience. This happens to me occasionally, as I have met several books that simply weren’t my cuppa tea. I tried them, but something simply felt ‘off’ as I read them. Your review of this story opens the discussion of how first connection with a story is imperative towards being willing to read it, but it’s how it’s translating to you as you read it that either makes or breaks the experience as a whole.

    Very well thought-out post and summation!
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  • Reply Claire January 9, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    This is a bit disappointing. I love the illustrations! Maybe I’ll try to find this at the library?

  • Reply Heather January 10, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Couldn’t have said it better myself. I LOVED the act of reading the book – the illustrations and the format in general was great. But yeah, the story was a real let down, in particular towards the end. It was ok in the beginning but got a bit tedious as it went on. It could definitely have been reduced by a few pages.
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