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Bats of the Republic by Zachary Thomas Dodson
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it was amazing
bookshelves: read-again

This book is an absolute delight. It's an intriguing puzzle of a story, but it's also a fabulously beautiful artifact, from the use of color to the handwritten notes to the animal sketches to the printed reverse jacket (!), even down to the acknowledgments at the end. And yet, even though I finished reading it, I'm still not quite sure what to think of its content. This is a book to study and savor and re-read.

The story simultaneously contains a dystopian future and an engaging past. Zeke Thomas (future) and Zachary Thomas (past) have a mysterious connection that might go beyond simple ancestry. Zeke inherits a sealed letter that he is instructed not to open - the possession of which is a high crime in a society dedicated to recording everything. Unexpectedly, he opts to hide it. And then it disappears. This letter features so often in the book that it is practically a character itself. WHAT IS IN THE LETTER? Does it live in the past or the future (or both)? What about the bats? No spoilers here, but I will say that the web of interconnectedness only grows richer as you move deeper into the book. And hey, who doesn't love a book within a book?

See for yourself how beautiful this book is:
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Reading Progress

March 13, 2018 – Shelved
March 13, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
February 2, 2019 – Started Reading
February 11, 2019 – Finished Reading
February 12, 2019 – Shelved as: read-again

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