"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.
©2014 Jo Walton (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
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"Interesting idea, but not compelling"
I liked the tale, but often got a little tired of the dialogue. I understand this is a beginning to a series or set, but even though it seems like the story will continue, I probably won't get the next one, at least not right away.
"The just city"
I liked a lot about this book the theory that the story consist around I just felt it could have went another way. The writer spent so much time trying to make it so brilliant I feel it lost some human aspect of reaction to some situations.
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