Just City by Olga Tymofiyeva

About the Book:

Just City is a story of 21-year-old Nathan who dreams about creating a cool start-up with his friend Jack. To get money for the start-up Nathan starts playing a virtual reality game as part of a scientific experiment. The game forces Nathan to discover what it is like to be in the skin of somebody else, for whom the cards have been dealt differently. The depressing experiences of playing the game make Nathan question his belief in meritocracy and pick a fight with Jack. What is just and what do we really deserve? This is only the beginning of Nathan’s search for a new life credo that will have both love and reason at its core.


“Just City is a fantastic book that will have its readers contemplating life and the choices we all make.

It will make readers understand a little bit better about how the brain works and hopefully stimulate compassion for those who are less fortunate.

Just City is an amazing, engaging book with life lessons that all adults should be reading about.”

~ Kristi Elizabeth, San Francisco Book Review

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“Gripping, moving, and thought-provoking… A page-turner.

The story seems straightforward initially, but relentless twists unravel a hidden complexity, keeping readers invested. The characters are fully fleshed out, including the secondary ones. Tymofiyeva’s prose is crisp as it places readers alongside Nathan, thriving as a young man surrounded by love, legacy, and promise before his life turns upside down and he begins to question everything he has known.

Thoughtful and absorbing, the novel makes for a winner.”

~ The Prairies Book Review

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About the Author:

Olga Tymofiyeva, PhD, was born in 1981 in Kyiv, Ukraine. After having lived in Ukraine and Germany, she now lives in the US and works as an Associate Professor of Neuroimaging at the University of California in San Francisco. Just City is Olga’s first fiction book, which reflects her passion for science and critical thinking.

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