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June 25th, 2009, 10:57 AM
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!

June 25th, 2009, 01:36 PM
Another forum helped me to find it - although I had so much things mixed up...

It's the Brightness Reef (http://www.librarything.com/work/20611) by David Brin.

June 26th, 2009, 11:25 AM
Glad you found that. I would highly recommend the Uplift Trilogy to anyone, very entertaining story.