Thessaly

3 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 143 ratings

The Just City Publisher's Summary

"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.

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  • Book 1

    • The Just City

    • Thessaly, Book 1
    • By: Jo Walton
    • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
    • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 91
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 86
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 86

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Could Not Get Past Mispronunciations

    • By Martha K. on 04-22-17

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 2

    • The Philosopher Kings

    • Thessaly, Book 2
    • By: Jo Walton
    • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
    • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 23

    The god Apollo, living (by his own choice) a human life as Pythias in the city, his true identity known to only a few, is now married and the father of several children. But a tragic loss causes him to become consumed with the desire for revenge. Being Apollo, he goes about handling it in a seemingly rational and systematic way, but it's evident - particularly to his precocious daughter, Arete - that he is unhinged with grief.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Just City meets the world

    • By Elisabeth Carey on 07-28-16

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 3

    • Necessity

    • Thessaly, Book 3
    • By: Jo Walton
    • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
    • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 28

    More than 65 years ago, Pallas Athena founded the Just City on an island in the Eastern Mediterranean, placing it centuries before the Trojan War, populating it with teachers and children from throughout human history and committing it to building a society based on the principles of Plato's Republic. Among the city's children was Pytheas, secretly the god Apollo in human form.

    Regular price: $34.94