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I have a very vague memory of a book which nonetheless managed to stick in my brain. I would have read it somewhere in the vicinity of junior high in the early/mid 90's, and it was probably relatively new at the time. What I recall of the cover is dark colors - black, blue, etc - featured a girl gazing outward, as if into space. I think I recall a large ship visible in the background, perhaps roundish in shape.

Possible plot elements, though perhaps conflated with other books: living in a dome city; perhaps about to be on an expedition in space; perhaps the protagonists father is in a position of some authority.

I'm partly curious to find this book simply to try and remember why it has stuck in my mind for as long as it has.

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Could it be the 1996 novel Starborne by Robert Silverberg? Here is one of several different covers for it:

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The novel concerns an expedition into space that goes awry. The main character, who we see on the cover, is Noelle. I'm not sure if there is a domed city, but the setting is dystopian: Earth faces a crisis as a long period of Utopia has actually decayed the will of humans to live.

  • Thanks for the suggestion, but afraid that's not it. I should have left my date range at early 90's, though the book could have even come out in the mid/late 80's. – thechrisroberts Nov 13 '15 at 5:36
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This could be a conflation of two books by Monica Hughes: Keeper of the Isis Light and Devil On My Back.

One of the covers for Keeper of the Isis Light looks a bit like your description: Keeper of the Isis Light

Living in a dome city and the protagonist's father in a position of authority are both plot elements from Devil On My Back.

Both books are from the 1980s but I was reading them in the early 90s.

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