Necessity by Jo Walton (#3 Thessaly)

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.  Every Wednesday we get to highlight a book that we’re really looking forward to.  My book this week is No.3 in the Thessaly series – Necessity by Jo Walton.  Due out July – yay!

necessityNecessity: the sequel to the acclaimed The Just City and The Philosopher Kings, Jo Walton’s tales of gods, humans, and what they have to learn from one another.

More than sixty-five 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.

Sixty years ago, the Just City schismed into five cities, each devoted to a different version of the original vision.

Forty years ago, the five cities managed to bring their squabbles to a close. But in consequence of their struggle, their existence finally came to the attention of Zeus, who can’t allow them to remain in deep antiquity, changing the course of human history. Convinced by Apollo to spare the Cities, Zeus instead moved everything on the island to the planet Plato, circling its own distant sun.

Now, more than a generation has passed. The Cities are flourishing on Plato, and even trading with multiple alien species. Then, on the same day, two things happen. Pytheas dies as a human, returning immediately as Apollo in his full glory. And there’s suddenly a human ship in orbit around Plato–a ship from Earth.


22 Responses to “Necessity by Jo Walton (#3 Thessaly)”

  1. sjhigbee

    Oh absolutely – I’m a HUGE fan of Jo Walton’s writing:))

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s such a good series – I love it so far.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Me too! Have you read any of her other work?

      • @lynnsbooks

        I’ve only read this series and Among Others – I didn’t like that one as much as everyone else, I liked it but didn’t love it. The Thessaly series I think is fantastic – so thought provoking.
        Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        I also highly recommend her Small Change series – another very well crafted, thought provoking alternate history series with a couple of murder mysteries thrown in. And ‘Tooth and Claw’, where she combines dragonkind with Anthony Trollope. It shouldn’t work, but it does…

      • @lynnsbooks

        Thanks for those suggestions – I’ll go and take a good look at those. I do like alternate history.
        Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        I’d love to know your response to them – none of the books are very long and like all her work, they are very readable. But they have stuck with me and I often find myself thinking about that scenario…

      • @lynnsbooks

        I’ve added them to my wishlist.
        Lynn 😀

  2. sjhigbee

    Reblogged this on Brainfluff and commented:
    REALLY looking forward to this one!

  3. Tammy

    I haven’t started this series yet, but I’ve enjoyed reading your reviews. I didn’t even know the third book was coming out!

    • @lynnsbooks

      yeah, no long to wait either! I’m looking forward to this. I’m really enjoying these books.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Renee'

    New to me author. This book sounds interesting! Hope you enjoy it!

    Renee ~ My Wow

  5. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    This is the first time I’ve heard of this series, but I’m thoroughly fascinated – I *need* to catch up, and fast! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. Renee'

    Definitely looks interesting! Thanks for stopping by my blog.


    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s a great series with plenty of food for thought.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    Yes, yes, yes! 🙂

  8. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I have the first book, but still need to read it! I’ve heard some awesome things about it, so I don’t know what I’m waiting for…oh wait, too many darn books on my plate, that’s what. Soon…. 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yep – Mount TBR – you simply can’t read all the books. I like this series because it’s very thought provoking.
      Lynn 😀

  9. Megan Wille

    Wow…this sounds pretty good 🙂 Adding it to my TBR now!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Hope you enjoy – if you find time to get to the series that is!
      Lynn 😀

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