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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


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Hardback Editions

January 2015 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: 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

July 2015 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Just City (Just City 1)
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
thumbTitle: The Just City (Thessaly)
Author(s): Jo Walton
ISBN: 1-5226-3597-1 / 978-1-5226-3597-0
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

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

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

Kindle Editions

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

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


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