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Science Fiction: Post-industrial, forest planet, retainment dam?

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1balint
Jun 25, 2009, 10:49am Top

I'm searching for a book which I read in german (I think) but is most definitely from a UK/US author. The story takes action on a planet which is (possibly) post-nuclear, forested and the main actor maintains/builds a retainment dam (?) with his father (?). There's also a girl who reads scientific and/or alchemy books and lives in a tree house. I belive to remember that these books were old and from a time where mankind had more knowledge about science. The girl was described as 16-18 I think. The boy mocked her about these books being useless. These informations were given early in the book, I did not read it past the first 30 pages and now it bugs me.

Any hints are highly appreciated!

2Petroglyph
Jun 25, 2009, 11:14am Top

some of this reminds me of LeGuin's The word for world is forest, but that's not quite it.

3TimSharrock
Jun 25, 2009, 11:48am Top

just possibly the second chapter of Brightness Reef but the first chapter is about Alien characters

4balint
Edited: Jun 25, 2009, 1:35pm Top

The Brightness Reef it is! I could not remember where I read it and now I know why: it is an eBook stored on my PC.

Thank you so much for contributing!

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