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Knight in Paper Armor

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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 ...more
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Published September 2020 by Red Adept Publishing, LLC
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Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Creative, imaginative and the perfect blending of social issues, reality and fantasy, Nicholas Conley’s KNIGHT IN PAPER ARMOR is an often gut-wrenching tale of a special young man, the brutality of unethical scientific practices and the special bond of the heart between two teens against a corrupt society under the thumb of mega-corporations.

Born with powerful psychic abilities, Billy has the power to absorb energy from others. Having lived his life as a lab rat, when he comes to a small, impove
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love when a story grabs you right from the very beginning! Knight in Paper Armor did just that and didn't let go till the very last page. Even after, I think this one will stay with me for awhile. As much as I love reading as a form of escapism, especially in times like this where you feel the extra weight of world issues weighing heavily, I also read to feel. To be moved, whether to laughter, or tears, or suspense, etc. This book moved me. Not only was it a solid dystopian/fantasy novel it al ...more
Feb 18, 2021 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of dystopian fiction
This was my first Nicholas Conley, but I’d heard of his other work before. Pale Highway and The Cage Legacy had been on my TBR for years. Needless to say, I was equally thrilled and surprised when he kindly afforded me the opportunity to read an ARC, in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own.

Almost immediately, I knew Knight in Paper Armor would be good. In only a handful of chapters, Conley conveyed an impressive, futuristic, dystopian world. The United States of America on disp
Farshana ❤️rainnbooks❤️
Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Many thanks to the author for a chance to read and review this book. All opinions are expressed voluntarily.

At a time when one of the largest democracies in the world is struggling to hold to its socialism and equality to all, this book came across as more than an eye-opener. Here I am, reading about a corporation headed by a megalomaniac named Thorne intent on milking the psychic powers of young children, exploiting them and torturing them for his own benefit and a young girl Natalia fighting a
Olga Miret
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I write this review as a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team, and I freely chose to review an ARC copy of this novel.
I read and reviewed Conley’s novel Pale Highway a while back, and it left a long-lasting impression. A book that although falling under the aegis of Science Fiction did not easily fit into any category and provided a unique reading experience.
Conley’s new novel shares some of the same characteristics. It is set in the not too-distant future, a dystopian future where the United Stat
Violet Daniels
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Please note: a copy of this book was kindly gifted to me by the author, in exchange for an honest review.

My first thought upon finishing this book was “wow” — it sounds cliché, but it is entirely accurate. Upon writing up my notes when I finished the book — there was no doubt in my mind that I was going to give this a 5/5, there’s simply nothing that I can fault. I am incredibly grateful to Nicholas for asking if I would like to review his book because it is not the kind of book I would have pic
Terry Tyler
Sep 25, 2020 rated it liked it

I read this via an ARC from the author, for Rosie Amber's Review Team. The fact that it was free has not affected this honest review.

Billy Jakobek was born with powerful psychic abilities and has lived most of his life in a town called Heaven's Hole, under the care of the Thorne Corporation that dominates America. Billy absorbs the physical pain, trauma and memories of everyone he meets, which, most of the time, causes him fear and sadness. He frequently visited by an entity called The Shape
Angela Cuéllar
Thank you to the author for submitting this book for review!

Conley always seems to have a knack for crafting a story that not only exceeds the confines of this reality but grounds it with real life issues and the result is a novel that will both entertain and strike your heart. A definite title to add to your list if you're looking for a YA tale within the sci-fi/dystopian genre that isn't afraid to explore both the light and the shadows of ethical propositions. Knight in Paper Armor not only ma
Ste J
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Night in Paper Armor is a multi-layered work, its sinister overtones are pitched perfectly for a dystopia, which has plenty of the real world feel – both past and present – and chillingly explores a logical conclusion to which the world could find itself moving towards if it stays on its current trajectory. Adding in a bit of the psychic spices up an already interesting science fiction premise and adds more speculations for the reader to muse upon.

From an early glimpse of a child’s creepy drawin
Ellie Mitchell
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing


The story is set in Heaven’s Hole, a small town dominated by Thorne Century, a large and oppressive corporation, who are running illegal experiments on teenagers.

Billy, a young Jewish boy with otherworldly abilities, is kept as a research subject by Thorne Century. When Billy is permitted to attend school for the first time at age seventeen, he meets Natalia Gonzales, a spunky young woman with enough heart and passion to change a nation. Together, they will become an unstoppable force for
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
Book source ~ ARC. My review is voluntary and honest.

Billy Jakobek is a super powerful psychic who popped up on a super powerful egomaniac’s radar when he was only a child. Now 16, Billy is stuck in Heaven’s Hole, the latest and star guinea pig for Caleb Thorne’s evil enterprise and megacorporation, Thorne Century. Heaven’s Hole is where Billy meets Natalia Gonzalez, a fellow student and gifted herself. But not in a way that interests good ol’ Thorne. Lucky for her at the time. But after she mee
Betanda Shanam
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a book! This is a fantastic read. I loved everything about it. The Knight in Paper Armor demonstrates Nicholas Conley’s creative, imaginative and moralistic writing. The storyline was genius– it covered so much ground. Conley’s writing made the multifaceted storyline easy to follow. Yet, the story was unpredictable in a good way. Just when I thought I knew which way the story was going, it changed!

I could feel the persona of each character and the vivid descriptions made them easy to
Jessica Settergren
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
HIGHLY recommend this book. It's a rare dystopian-future-fantasy that gave me hope after everything was over. A full emotional roller coaster with a truly evil antagonist and loveable heroes. Please see full review here: ...more
Cary Morton
Feb 03, 2021 rated it did not like it
I received a copy of this book directly from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I wanted to like Knight in Paper Armor by Nicholas Conley. The synopsis was interesting, the cover was beautiful, I liked the genre, and the world-building was interesting… but I put the back down around chapter twenty-one.

Where this book lacked for me, was the writing itself. It was mediocre at best. The children characters didn't talk like children. The Young Adult characters didn't talk like Yo
Kayla Krantz
Roseanna has spent her life studying the strange powers that some children can possess. Those in her field scoff at her and tell her she's ridiculous for believing such a thing. Enter Mr. Thorne. Not only does he believe in such abilities, but he has an entire company dedicated to the cause. He hires with Roseanna with one mission in mind: round up a child who has just the powers they are looking for.

This story was such an adventure that I'm not sure where to begin.

From the very beginning, we're
Apr 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
***Thank you to the author, Nicholas Conley, for providing me a copy of his novel in exchange for an honest review.***

The novel as a whole approaches a plethora of tough topics and current events, like the rise of Nazism in the U.S., immigration and discrimination against immigrants, predatory capitalism, workers’ rights, media manipulation, and it even mentions the effects of climate change. There are also a lot of other tough topics and possibly triggering scenes. There’s violence, anti-Semiti
J.R. Alcyone
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First, let’s start with the title. Every good novel needs a good title. Not enough attention is paid to good titles. (I’m especially looking at you right now, traditional publishers.) But “Knight in Paper Armor”? That’s a title I wish I had come up with myself. Kudos to the author for coming up with a GREAT title that is both interesting and fit the book.

This is a dystopian novel that takes place in America in the near future of 2029. In this version of America, people live segregated and under
Donadee's Corner
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone in this genre
Recommended to Donadee's Corner by: Author
Nicholas Conley – Knight in Paper Armor – Reviewed 9/13/20 – Read 9/5-6/20

You have been different all your life! What would it be like to have a girlfriend???

The year is 2029, and Roseanna Peterson is hired by Mr. Thorne of Century, Inc. She had completed her studies on the strange and powerful psychic abilities that some children are born with. No matter what she did no one had believed in her work, until she was contacted by Mr. Thorne. He told her that his company was working on a top-secret
Jan 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Knight in Paper Armor is a YA sci-fi/dystopian that I found myself far more than any other YA I've read recently. It's a fantastic mix of imagination, social issues, moral and ethical discussions, and a strong plot to keep the story interesting.

The story follows Billy, a boy who was born with psychic abilities that has turned him into a bit of a case study as he lives, essentially, as an experiment to be studied. His powers allow him to basically ab
Rishika S.
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review. Nicholas Conley's Knight in Paper Armor had an interesting blurb, even though it was quite different than the books I normally pick up. It has its ups and downs, but is definitely a good read that should be on your TBR pile.

Dystopian, Science fiction

426 pages

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Paige Green
May 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received this ebook from the author. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Knight in Paper Armor

Author: Nicholas Conley

Book Series: Standalone for now

Rating: 5/5

Diversity: Guatemalan side character

Recommended For...: ya readers, sci-fi readers

Publication Date: September 15, 2020

Genre: YA Sci-Fi

Recommended Age: 14+ (immigration TW, human experimentation, Holocaust mentioned, poverty, violence, gore, grief)

Publisher: Red Adept Publishing LLC

Pages: 426

Synopsis: Billy Jakobek has alwa
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Are you feeling your life is lacking a little social rhetoric? Knight in Paper Armor is what you are looking for to fill that need. I'm just not sure anyone needs this much preaching from an otherwise decent story. Keep in mind this is a dystopian novel set in the future, but it is playing with metaphors of today's news reports.

Natalia Rodriguez Gonzales is poor and bullied, growing up in a family of undocumented immigrants. Heaven's Hole has little to offer her, so she gets lost in sketching ou
Rebecca Gransden
Apr 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
An unusual cross-category novel, Nicholas Conley’s Knight in Paper Armor uses the template of young adult fiction to stretch the boundaries of that classification, with mixed results. The setup is a familiar one, and well executed. Centred on the characters of Billy, a teenage boy of Jewish descent, and Natalia, a girl of similar age whose family emigrated from Guatemala to settle and forge a life in the United States, the book soon introduces its driving themes. Endowed with anomalous abilities ...more
Apr 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
I was approached by the author, and received a complimentary e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

I am so pleased that the author reached out to me because this is one of those books that I most probably wouldn't have read otherwise, and that would've been a real shame!

The story centres around Billy, a teenager with a very special gift, one that his seen him exploited in the name of science. He has suffered for such a long time, and lost so much but then he meets Natalia, a fello
Sep 16, 2020 added it
Disclaimer: I was contacted by Nicholas Conley with the request to review his book. I was provided with a free e-ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
I am not being paid for writing this review, and Mr. Conley’s request to review his book in no way affects the opinion I have of his work.
However, due to the circumstance that Knight in Paper Armor includes some heavy topics I decided not to rate this book.
My review will also include spoilers and will go into detail about my feelings about this bo
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’m going to skip my usual summary of this book as I feel the blurb is more than accurate and summarizes Knight in Paper Armor much better than I could. The combination of issues happening in the book is a good cross between the horrors of the past, with a Sci-Fi and dystopian twist, bundled into what could fall into the YA category. There’s good social commentary in here as well.

“Because if the little people all hate each other or are scared, the bad guys can pretend they’re the only ones able
Sulagna Hati
Mar 05, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi-dystopian, arc
Billy Jakobek has lived his life as an experiment. Born with abilities to absorb the emotions of everyone around him, he is keenly acquainted with the horrors of the world - many that are exaggerations of what exists around us today. While subservient to his captors, his life takes a sharp turn when he meets Natalia Gonzalez, and their connection ignites a passion to instigate change. Bold and ambitious, Knight in Paper Armor is a valiant effort to dissect burgeoning societal horrors through the ...more
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was intrigued by the blurb of Knight in Paper Armor, which promised a dystopian thriller with unusual characters battling familiar humanitarian issues and a villain that sounds shockingly believable in the modern landscape of corporate greed over human welfare. On that promise, this book delivered in spades. The story and setting were imaginative and compelling, and the two main characters were unique and well rendered. It's so unusual to read about a Jewish protagonist outside of historical f ...more
Dec 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: YA readers and adults alike
I was asked to review an ARC copy of this novel by the author himself, so here are my thoughts.

First off, I'd like to say that the author contacted me about his book, and is the nicest guy around!
When I first read the blurb, I knew right away that this was going to be interesting for me to read, for many reasons.

I've never come across anything quite like KIPA before, because it blends sci-fi with historical events, cultural diversity and sensitive issues like racism, scientific experimentation
Lindsey Rose
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you are looking for a good science fiction read then look no further. This book is a fast paced hard hitting read. It covers a lot of social issues such as discrimination, segregation, and capitalism.
The plot of this book was intense. Every time I thought I knew where the book was going something happened to throw it all off. There was a lot going on in the ending ending that made it a little hard for me to follow at times and I found myself having to reread so that I could make sure I had w
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Nicholas Conley is an award-winning Jewish American author, journalist, playwright, and coffee vigilante. His books, such as Knight in Paper Armor, Pale Highway, Clay Tongue: A Novelette, and Intraterrestrial, merge science fiction narratives with hard-hitting examinations of social issues. Originally from California, he now lives in New Hampshire.

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