The Just City, Jo Walton, Tor Books, 2015, 280 pp
What a wonderful surprise this was! The goddess Pallas Athene creates an experiment to build a planned community where Plato's Republic will be brought to life. She gathers adult teachers from all eras of history and various countries. 10,000 children, bought from slavers, will be raised and taught Plato's principles and allowed to become their best selves.
Apollo joins in, having arranged to become a human child. Socrates shows up to question everything and keep Athene on her toes.
It is a brilliant story with plenty of fault lines built in, leaving the reader in suspense as to the success of the experiment. Since I have read Plato, the Illiad and the Odyssey, I was just knowledgeable enough about Greek mythology and philosophy to hang on to the tale by my mental fingertips.
I have only read two of Jo Walton's books previously: Among Others and My Real Children. Each time I am delighted, so I must read more.
Are any of you fans of Jo Walton? If yes, which of her books have you read?