Spotlight on #Dystopian #Fiction: Knight In Paper Armor by Nicholas Conley
The West Coast wildfires continue to keep us indoors, and I’m staying busy with indoor exercise, exploring paleo recipes (I’ll share some soon!), editing work, developing my next Cupid series story, and blog posts for you. 🙂 This week we have a piece of dystopian fiction for you, from author Nicholas Conley, released today. Enjoy!
Title: Knight in Paper Armor
Author: Nicholas Conley
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Release date: September 15, 2020
Word count: About 113,000
Billy Jakobek has always been different. Born with strange and powerful psychic abilities, he has grown up in the laboratories of Thorne Century, a ruthless megacorporation that economically, socially, and politically dominates American society.
Every day, Billy absorbs the emotional energies, dreams, and traumas of everyone he meets—from his grandmother’s memories of the Holocaust, to the terror his sheer existence inflicts upon his captors—and he yearns to break free, so he can use his powers to help others.
Natalia Gonzalez, a rebellious artist and daughter of Guatemalan immigrants, lives in Heaven’s Hole, an industrial town built inside a meteor crater, where the poverty-stricken population struggles to survive the nightmarish working conditions of the local Thorne Century factory. Natalia takes care of her ailing mother, her grandmother, and her two younger brothers, and while she dreams of escape, she knows she cannot leave her family behind.
When Billy is transferred to Heaven’s Hole, his chance encounter with Natalia sends shockwaves rippling across the blighted landscape. The two outsiders are pitted against the all-powerful monopoly, while Billy experiences visions of an otherworldly figure known as the Shape, which prophesizes an apocalyptic future that could decimate the world they know.
Knight in Paper Armor Excerpt
About Nicholas Conley
Nicholas Conley is an award-winning Jewish American author, journalist, playwright, and coffee vigilante. His books, such as Knight in Paper Armor, Pale Highway, Intraterrestrial, and Clay Tongue: A Novelette, merge science fiction narratives with hard-hitting examinations of social issues. Originally from California, he now lives in New Hampshire.