Men had built cities before, but never such a city as Diaspar; for millennia its protective dome shutout the creeping decay and danger of the world outside. Once, it held powers that rules the stars. But then, as legend had it, The invaders came, driving humanity into this last refuge. It takes one man, A Unique to break through Diaspar's stifling inertia, to smash the legend and discover the true nature of the Invaders.
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One of my early favourites but a bit dated now.
City and the Stars was one of my equal favourites when I read it as a teenager but may seem a bit simple and dated now. It is still worth reading if you like Arthur Clarke and/or well written SF.
The story has some novel ideas and an interesting setting.
Disclosure: I have 29 Arthur Clarke books so I like him a lot. If you don't then City and the Stars might not be your thing.
NOTE: There a is a shorter novella version of the same story "Against the fall of night" often sold as double story volume "The lion of Comarre, and Against the fall of Night". The shorter novella might suit if you want to "try out" Clarke.