Looking for children's sci-fi book, 1980s?

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Looking for children's sci-fi book, 1980s?

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1rachelj
Nov 16, 2009, 11:15am

Hello,
This is a long shot, but I read a book when I was a youngish teenager (late 80s or very early 90s but was a library book so could have been older) about a time when the surface of Earth was uninhabitable. The story was from the viewpoint of a child/children who lived in underground tunnels/ducts/pipes, there may also have been biodomes on the surface. The children eventually discovered that Earth was habitable after all, a beautiful place, either no one knew or this was a secret known only to an elite group of humans.
That's all I can remember, but I loved it at the time I read it!
Any ideas welcome, thank you.

2StormRaven
Nov 16, 2009, 11:44am

3rachelj
Nov 16, 2009, 11:53am

Hmmm, someone else suggested City of Ember, and it looks superficially similar from what I've googled, but it was published in 2003, when I was 26. I couldn't have been older than 14 or so when I read the book I'm thinking of, and I think I was younger.

4shadrach_anki
Nov 16, 2009, 11:59am

This Time of Darkness by H.M. Hoover is probably the book you're looking for. The main characters are a girl and a boy who live in an endless, multi-leveled city of halls and corridors (no windows). The 80th level of the city is supposed to be amazing and wonderful, but nobody they know has ever actually seen it.

5rachelj
Nov 16, 2009, 12:09pm

I followed the link and I think you're right, thank you! The cover picture is not really familiar, but I recognise the character's names. I'm off to try and locate a copy now, didn't think I'd get my answer so quickly! :o)

6StormRaven
Nov 16, 2009, 12:13pm

In about the right time frame, but not matching the details too well is The Girl Who Owned a City.