The Just City (Jo Walton)

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ISBN: 9780765332660
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Published: Tor Books - January 13th, 2015

I've never read Plato's Republic, but I certainly did send up  invocations to Pallas Athene as a child, studying Greek mythology and wanting to be like all the heroines I read about. I wonder if that would have qualified me for entrance into THE JUST CITY--an experiment, by Pallas Athene, to create the Republic. The city in these pages is populated by scholars taken from all eras of time, robot workers from the future to do the heavy lifting, and ten year-old children from Greek city-states to learn, grow, and become philosopher kings. Oh, and it's on Atlantis. This captivating novel trades viewpoints between students of the city, masters taken out of their own times, and Apollo, who's decided to be born as a mortal to see what all the fuss is about. It all runs smoothly until Sokrates turns up, and--well, I won't spoil it for you. Enjoy it.

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