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New Zapata

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  9 reviews
It’s 2052, and there’s one less state in the union. Texas, now known as the Republic of Texas, has seceded, just like it did in 1861, though for different reasons this time.

Rebecca lives in New Zapata, a border town in The Republic of Texas. She’s nineteen years old, born and raised in the R of T, and doesn’t remember a time when things were different, though her Aunt Ca
Kindle Edition, 262 pages
Published February 25th 2013
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Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has been on my radar for a while, and I bought it last week with some Amazon credit and set to reading. The story covers some serious material, including the political and emotional tolls and reasons around abortion and when life begins (though oddly not so much on the religious side), and does have violence including rape. Even with those topics, however, this is a serious book that addresses serious issues in our world today by setting up a dystopian future where reproductive choice ...more
Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dystopian fiction, besides taking place in a society that is the opposite of a utopia, typically explores some of the reasons that things are so bad. An example familiar to many is Orwell’s Nineteen Eight-Four. Usually these reasons are related to current real world issues and extrapolate what the results of continuing in a particular direction might be. New Zapata does exactly that, taking aim at recent attempts in the US to decrease the rights women have over their own reproductive systems.

René Houin
A gripping tale of what a woman's world could be like in a state where reproductive rights are policed. ...more
mad mags
Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Timely Dystopia

Trigger warning for rape.

Nineteen-year-old Rebecca Johnson – Becca for short – is a young woman who suddenly and unhappily finds herself pregnant – again. Though she loves her young son Luke, his birth almost killed her. Did kill her, in fact: her heart stopped beating for several minutes before doctors were able to revive her. Despite the doctors’ grave warnings that a second pregnancy would most likely kill her, Becca’s husband Chad continues to insist upon sex as his husbandl
Jun 07, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
New Zapata is a dystopian novel in which Texas has seceded from the union. After secession, they adopt a strict pro-life agenda. Birth control and abortions are outlawed. Women are forced to give birth and raise babies conceived by rape. The borders are closed. The main character almost died in child-birth and was warned not to have any more children. When her husband rapes her, and she finds herself pregnant, she must decide what to do in hopes of saving herself and protecting her young son.

3.5 stars -- New Zapata is set in a Texas that has seceded from the US, closed its borders, and imposed theological rule upon its people. This Republic of Texas imagines a legislature in which conservative Christians' wishes have all come true, the feature of which is both abortion and birth control have been banned from public access.

Rebecca is a young woman who already has one child, and the doctors said a second could kill her. Yet her husband won't take no for an answer, and rapes Rebecca.
Mrs. Schonour
This book is terrifying, especially finishing it today. This novel shows what America could be like and it's very scary. The writing wasn't excellent, but I liked the plot. It was kind of predictable, but had some good surprises. I loved the message. My favorite quote is, "things don't change if you're afraid...things don't change if you let your fear rule you, if you let it stop you from doing what's right." ...more
A slow start but a powerful finish. The story plays out in all too believable future. I hope to pass this one on to a few of my young friends.
Jennifer Calhoun
Feb 27, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was nothing but one long pro abortion propaganda pamphlet. Characters weren't even developed any more than to find out just how pro choice they were. Very disappointed. ...more
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