Publisher: Tor Books
Publishing Date: January 2015
Publisher Description: 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.
Review: This was written very well. The flow in the story keeps you reading as it moves from person to person. This was not so much about the philosophy that is the foundation of the “Just City” but more a commentary on what occurs to the children and adults as they grow within the building of Plato’s ideal. You don’t have to know the tenets of philosophy or their progenitors as dialogue forms the basis of the novel.
The novel follows the discourse and inter-play between Sokrates, Apollo (in human form), Athene (sometimes in human form), Maia (from the Victorian era) and Simmea, born an Egyptian farmer’s daughter in 100 AD. I enjoyed the writing but the story-line was meh, especially when Sokrates starts querying the robots and soon finds that they are self-aware. Get this if you enjoy perfected stylized writing (conventional) and some interesting characters.