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The City Under Ground

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  113 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
A community, known as Surreal, has developed from a small band of survivors who retreated at the time of the Great Destruction, In the following centuries a civilization which is technologically, intellectually, and socially extremely advanced has been developed. Despite the widespread belief that Surreal is the only remaining society, it suddenly develops that there is an ...more
Paperback, 157 pages
Published February 1st 1994 by Douglas & Mcintyre Ltd (first published November 12th 1964)
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Caren
Oct 11, 2012 Caren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
Really and truly, when I reread this book, it's a not-all-that-great story of a rather bland and over-regimented city underground after some worldwide disaster and the boys who discover that there's really a great wide world out there. So why did I give it four stars? Because when I was ten years old, this was my favorite book in the whole world--I must have checked it out of the library at least a dozen times. And I've come to find that other kids of that age adore it, too, so obviously there's ...more
Greg
Feb 19, 2010 Greg rated it it was amazing
This was the first science fiction book I ever read. As a 10-year old it made a lasting impression on me, and I spent years trying to locate a copy for my home library. Certainly sparked my interest in the science fiction genre. Originally published in the late '60's, I re-read it about 4 years ago and it held up well.
Terry Dean
May 11, 2012 Terry Dean rated it really liked it
I read this book aloud to my son who didn't like reading or like anything to do with grade school at the time. As I read, he was attentive and loved the story. I was then able to get him to take turns reading to me aloud and we finished the book. He got an A on his book report. He read several books after that with me and he passed through school to graduate -- all thanks to Suzanne Martel:)

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Beth Mathison
Feb 06, 2013 Beth Mathison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like other readers here, I read this in grade school and it left a permanent love of science fiction on my psyche! I can't believe I found it -- have been looking for years. I'm sure the story wasn't top notch, but it sure made a great impression. Thank you, Goodreads and fellow searchers, for helping me to find it.
Danielle Watkins
Feb 23, 2017 Danielle Watkins rated it liked it
Nothing extraordinary, but I enjoyed reading this book since my mom read it when she was younger. I also appreciated the utopian/dystopian vibe of this novel for its time (1964); I don't think this kind of novel was written for a young adult audience until much later when The Giver came onto the literary scene.
Amanda
Jul 02, 2013 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, this book has a interesting story behind it for me!
I remember when I was a lot younger, I found this book in the library during lunch, but I couldn't take it out because I already had too many books out. So I did what every kid did- I hid it. And guess what? For all the years I was in that school, I could never find it ever again!
Until now! Thank you, good reads, for helping me find this elusive book and proving to myself I'm not crazy!
Lee Smith
Feb 02, 2011 Lee Smith rated it it was amazing
I read this one in the 6th grade. It was the first science fiction book I ever read, and I was hooked on scifi since.
Andrea Dorothy
Oct 25, 2013 Andrea Dorothy rated it liked it
Shelves: underground
Interesting things happened in this book, though written in a dull manner.
Janis
May 30, 2013 Janis rated it really liked it
A good book to introduce children to science fiction, an easy read. Also shows children directly contributing to society - which my children enjoyed.
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Suzanne Martel (born Suzanne Chouinard on October 8, 1924 in Quebec City, Canada) was a French-Canadian author.

Martel resided in Montreal, Canada. She was married to Maurice Martel and together they had six sons and six grandchildren.
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