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The Just City - Jo Walton
The Just City
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"Here in the Just City you will become your best selves. You will learn and grow and strive to be excellent." Created as an experiment by the time-traveling goddess Pallas Athene, the Just City is a planned community, populated by over ten thousand children and a few hundred adult teachers from... show more
"Here in the Just City you will become your best selves. You will learn and grow and strive to be excellent." Created as an experiment by the time-traveling goddess Pallas Athene, the Just City is a planned community, populated by over ten thousand children and a few hundred adult teachers from all eras of history, along with some handy robots from the far human future—all set down together on a Mediterranean island in the distant past.The student Simmea, born an Egyptian farmer's daughter sometime between 500 and 1000 A.D, is a brilliant child, eager for knowledge,  ready to strive to be her best self. The teacher Maia was once Ethel, a young Victorian lady of much learning and few prospects, who prayed to Pallas Athene in an unguarded moment during a trip to Rome—and, in an instant, found herself in the Just City with grey-eyed Athene standing unmistakably before her.Meanwhile, Apollo—stunned by the realization that there are things mortals understand better than he does—has arranged to live a human life, and has come to the City as one of the children. He knows his true identity, and conceals it from his peers. For this lifetime, he is prone to all the troubles of being human.Then, a few years in, Sokrates arrives—the same Sokrates recorded by Plato himself—to ask all the troublesome questions you would expect. What happens next is a tale only the brilliant Jo Walton could tell.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780765332660 (0765332663)
ASIN: 0765332663
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
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YouKneeK
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4.5 Review: The Just City (Thessaly Book 1 of 3)
I don’t know if I’m going to be able to explain why I liked this book so much. I recently picked it up for free as part of Tor.com’s eBook of the Month Club. I believe they offered it in September. I only read the first couple sentences of the synopsis, and it didn’t sound particularly appealing ...
Grac's Never-ending TBR Pile of Doom
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3.0 The Just City - Jo Walton
The Just City was another one of those books where I heard the premise and thought 'that sounds interesting', and finally my local library obliged me with providing a copy for the princely sum of 45p. Again, I am saved from buying a book because it sounded good and being ultimately disappointed with...
Fantasy Hardships
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2.0 REVIEW: The Just City by Jo Walton
The story follows various people who take part in an experiment, set up by Greek gods, Athena and Apolla to recreate Plato's Republic. The writing style is solid and there is plenty of eye for detail. For example, when Apollo stands in a beam of light that shines on Athena's desk, she notices him ...
Reflections
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5.0 Time travel, robots, Greek gods, Atlantis, and Plato’s Republic. . .
The Just City opens with Apollo deeply perplexed. Why wouldn’t Daphne dally with him? He’s a god! Why would she rather be turned into a tree by Artemis? Athena tries to explain that humans care about making their own choices, but that doesn’t make sense to Apollo’s god-brain way of thinking and he r...
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3.0 The Just City / Jo Walton
"Here in the Just City you will become your best selves. You will learn and grow and strive to be excellent." Created as an experiment by the time-traveling goddess Pallas Athene, the Just City is a planned community, populated by over ten thousand children and a few hundred adult teachers from all ...
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