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I remember reading a story about possibly a boy and girl living in an underground city because of some event that sent the population underground - it was a short story, I believe, possibly in SF/F, or Asimov's, or Weird Tales, and it had the same overtones as "This Time of Darkness" by Helen Hoover and "Dark Universe" by Daniel Galouye, but I'm certain it was a short story, not a novel. I don't believe it was associated with a war or nuclear accident, but I could have forgotten that part. I remember it really had a steampunk flavor. Any help would be appreciated:)

  • The first thing I thought of for underground city + steampunk + boy and girl was City of Ember, but obviously that's too recent. I think there are quite a lot of stories that involve underground cities. Any other details you can provide about events in the story? How old the story is? – Trish Ling Jan 12 '15 at 22:19
  • It would have have to been in the last 5 to 7 years, but then again... it might have appeared in Weird Tales' Steampunk issue... I'll check that if I can find it... – K Scott Forman Jan 13 '15 at 15:05
  • It would have have to been in the last 5 to 7 years, but then again... it might have appeared in Weird Tales' Steampunk issue... I'll check that if I can find it... found it, was thinking it might be J.M. McDermott's Labyrinth piece, but no... I remember it had a boy and girl in it, they were struggling for something, pipes, wires, I don't know, but in the end they broke through to the surface (earth) and into the sun... – K Scott Forman Jan 13 '15 at 15:17
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Possibly Hugh Howey's Wool series, which started with a short story published in 2011.

From the Wiki entry:

The story of Wool takes place on a post-apocalyptic Earth. Humanity clings to survival in the Silo, a subterranean city extending over one hundred and fifty stories beneath the surface. The series initially follows the character of Holston, the sheriff of the Silo, with subsequent volumes focusing on the characters of Juliette, Jahns, and Marnes. An ongoing storyline of the series is the focus on the mystery behind the Silo and the secrets it holds. The Silo's mystery is eventually revealed by the end of book five; books six through eight comprise a prequel to the series. Book nine pulls the storylines together.

  • I don't remember a sheriff...if I remember correctly, it read more like The City of Ember by Jeanne Duprau, but I', certain it was a short story... – K Scott Forman Jan 13 '15 at 3:35

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