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The Just City

(2015)
(The first book in the Thessaly series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Prometheus Award Best Book (nominee)
"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 10,000 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 AD 500 and AD 1000, 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 gray-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.

Genre: Fantasy    Get it on Google Play

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Used availability for Jo Walton's The Just City

Hardback Editions

January 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Just City (Thessaly)
Author(s): Jo Walton
ISBN: 0-7653-3266-3 / 978-0-7653-3266-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Just City (Thessaly)
Author(s): Jo Walton
ISBN: 1-4721-5076-7 / 978-1-4721-5076-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corsair
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

February 2017 : MP3 CD
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Title: The Just City
Author(s): Jo Walton
ISBN: 1-5226-3597-1 / 978-1-5226-3597-0
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


July 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Just City: Thessaly, Book 1
Author(s): Jo Walton
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   


July 2016 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Just City: Thessaly, Book 1
Author(s): Jo Walton
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon CA   


July 2016 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Just City: Thessaly, Book 1
Author(s): Jo Walton
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

February 2015 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Just City (Thessaly Book 1)
Author(s): Jo Walton
Publisher: Corsair
Availability: Amazon UK   


January 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Just City (Thessaly)
Author(s): Jo Walton
Publisher: Tor Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA