Cabbages and... conveyor belts
February 11, 2011 12:12 PM Subscribe
Help me figure out what this YA science fiction novel was! It had very deep cities, an escape having something to do with cabbages, and some kind of rural life outside. Maybe.
posted by hought20 to media & arts (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I read this book when I was a kid, so I assume it's young adult or even kid fiction, but I cannot remember what it was called or who it was by. I am also afraid that I'm conflating it with several other books I've read.
The protagonist is a young boy (possibly a girl) who lives in a very deep (or very tall, but probably deep) future city that only has windows at the very top. Nobody is allowed outside. I think that the richest or in some other way most privileged people live on the top floor, and I have some sense of the people on lower floors being miserable.
I want to say that the boy, and maybe his sister or friend, escape the city in a shipment of cabbages. I have a vague memory of something to do with climbing hills and finding a village of other people who have left the cities.
There might have been something about bugs, and the cover might have had a picture of a conveyor belt with boxes of cabbages. Or something like that.
Help? I have searched on this, and I have guessed at authors, but I have had no luck.