Just City by Olga Tymofiyeva
A fantastic start-up with his friend Jack is what Nathan, a 21-year-old, dreams of doing in the award-winning novella Just City. Nathan begins participating in a virtual reality game as part of a research study to raise money for the startup. Nathan is compelled by the game to experience what it’s like to inhabit the body of someone else, for whom the deck of cards has been stacked against them. Nathan starts a battle with Jack after having depressing game-related experiences that cause him to doubt the meritocracy of the system. What is fair and what are we actually due? Nathan’s quest for a new life philosophy with both love and reason at its foundation has just begun.