Knight in Paper Armor
by Nicholas Conley
Born with strange and powerful psychic abilities, Billy Jakobek has grown up in the laboratories of Thorne Century, a ruthless megacorporation that dominates American society. Every day, Billy absorbs the emotional energies, dreams, and traumas of everyone he meets, including his grandmother’s memories of the Holocaust.
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.
After a chance encounter, these 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.
Category: Science Fiction – Dystopian