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I probably read this children's science fiction story in the late 1960s, so the similar-sounding 1980 book, "This Time of Darkness" by Helen Hoover can not be it. It may have been a short story, but I am not sure that it was not a short book.

See also for discussions of "This Time of Darkness" Dystopian book: inhabitants of an underground city have no books and don't know the war has ended and Identify Story: Dystopian Children's Novel About Subterranean Class System

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    More information would probably help.... anything you can remember is worth tossing in. – K-H-W Apr 14 '13 at 1:11
  • Sounds like "A Boy and His Dog" (Ellison). TImeframe is right: 1969. (And if you're about to complain that "A Boy and His Dog" isn't a children's story: I say, get real! It's a story about a boy! And his dog! How could it not be a children's story?) – davidbak Dec 2 '18 at 8:23
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I'll try a stab in the dark based on the few details given :) - Dark Universe by Daniel Galouye. Doesn't appear to be a children's novel but was published in 1961, is rather short (154 pages) and deals with an underground post-apocalyptic civilization. Features a boy (Jared) and girl (Della). I think the synopsis provides sufficient detail that if someone had read it, they would recognize it.

Nominated for the Hugo in 1962. Still in publication. A Google search for "Dark Universe.pdf" will turn up PDF versions.

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Hmm... might be "The City Under Ground" by Suzanne Martel in 1963. It was the primary inspiration for the "Book of Ember" series that came out a few years back.

Additional Info: The city dwellers believe themselves to be the only people left on Earth, but find out that isn't the case. The main character escapes with his brother and encounters a girl from a different city who is telepathic. Anything close?

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Another stab in the dark: "Wine of the Dreamers" by John D. MacDonald. It does feature an underground (alien) city, although it's not a major plot point.

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