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Laddertop, Volume 1 Paperback – September 27, 2011
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“With competent manga-style illustrations by the award-winning Ibardolaza…this stands as a worthy young adult adventure novel.” ―Publishers Weekly
“A high-octane outer space adventure… The main characters in this volume are largely female, strong and intelligent, a wonderful departure from male-dominated extraterrestrial offerings. Ibardolaza's muscular art blends manga and Western aesthetics. An intriguing beginning; readers will clamor for the follow-up.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“It's a fun read, aided by the dynamic artwork of illustrator Honoel A. Ibardolaza. And the cliff-hanger ending will leave readers waiting anxiously for the next installment.” ―Deseret News
About the Author
Orson Scott Card is the author of the novels Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, and Speaker for the Dead. Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead both won Hugo and Nebula Awards, making Card the only author to win these two top prizes in consecutive years. There are seven other novels to date in The Ender Universe series. Card has also written fantasy: The Tales of Alvin Maker is a series of fantasy novels set in frontier America; his most recent novel, The Lost Gate, is a contemporary magical fantasy. Card has written many other stand-alone sf and fantasy novels, as well as movie tie-ins and games, and publishes an internet-based science fiction and fantasy magazine, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show. Card was born in Washington and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil in the early 1970s. Besides his writing, Card directs plays and teaches writing and literature at Southern Virginia University. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristine Allen Card, and youngest daughter, Zina Margaret.
Top Customer Reviews
The plot and pacing reminded me quite a bit of Card's most popular book, Ender's Game. It's about children. In space. There is Zero-G (and puking). And there is some mystery to what is going on.
I'm not usually a manga fan, and while I was able to figure out what was going on, I agree with another reviewer that things jump around a bit. You might only get a line or two of dialog and you have to really pay attention to the artwork in each panel to keep track of the "action" of the scene.
Overall, I enjoyed the story enough to recommend LadderTop. I just hope we get more of it sooner, rather than later.
Azure is euphoric to hear her name called to attend Laddertop; Robbi on the other hands has doubts longer than the ladders because she leaves behind her siblings under the abusive watch of their stepfather. At the academy, a strange beast bites Robbie leaving her with an odd mark that bleeds on and off for no apparent reason. She also struggles with eerier dreams that shake her well being. The pair soon begins to look into the enigma of the Givers; unaware that their investigation could destroy mankind.
This is a great first act middle school graphic science fiction comic book. The lead protagonists are intrepid but display their courageous in totally opposite ways. They make the entertaining Card dad and daughter collaboration fun to read while Honoel A. Ibardolaza`s illustrations enhance the space adventures of two preadolescent feisty females.
It just was too jumpy for me. Not enough dialog for me to understand what was going on. The illustration style seemed to require simultaneous integration of the many image panels on a page. I guess I am to old and linear for this stuff.
The story took me a little while to get into at first as I was trying to get my bearings with the artistic style. There are a lot of details to notice in the artwork and you have to pay close attention to get the most out of the story. The story is about two eleven year old middle school girls, Robbi and Azure, who are interested in attending the exclusive Laddertop Academy, a school located in space. There are all kinds of tests that the kids must pass in order to go into space, and this process is shrouded in mystery.
Azure and Robbi are best friends and total opposites. Azure has an over the top personality and is excited about every aspect of Laddertop Academy, while Robbi can take it or leave it, though she does seem to be well suited for it. The story moves at a breakneck pace while the situation is being established and all the characters are introduced. I suspect we will learn more in depth info about the characters in future books. Azure really cracked me up with her bold personality.
The space training includes many details you may be wondering about space travel, including transport and the cool space chairs you ride in, and even bathroom logistics.Read more ›
The original English language manga is a story written by award winning science fiction author Orson Scott Card (Ender's Game) and his daughter Emily Janice Card. Together they have created a science fiction adventure that ignites the imagination.
Set on Earth, strange alien beings known only as the Givers have given humanity four giant towers known simply as Ladders. They span into space and power the entire planet Earth. Due to the unique construction of the stations, only children can perform the maintenance necessary for the continued power to keep flowing and some people will do anything to keep that power, even at the cost of the children.
Filled with humor, heart, and innovative sci-fi, the story is excellent. The concept of the Laddertops is fascinating. The mysterious Givers that came and disappeared are intriguing while the use people have made of the technology they don't understand is at once interesting as well as potentially foreboding.
The main heroine of the tale is the timid and self-effacing Robbi. She and her best friend Zure both dream of going to the academy. However trouble at home causes Robbi to hesitate. Circumstances contrive to get her to Laddertop academy. There, dangers are found even on the ground academy when training goes wrong. Meanwhile Robbi undergoes some strange experiences and transformations that make her question what the Givers really meant when they left the Laddertops with humanity.
The story has several engaging facets to it. Robbi is a sympathetic character. Her friend Azure is a personality that bounces off the walls with her do-or-die attitude. Of greater intrigue is the station itself and those trying to discover its secrets.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First off, have to say that I don't mind the story, looking forward to the 2nd volume.
For the audio version, it's nice that they've got so many voice actors putting it... Read more
This is a review for the audio book. If your expecting something comparable to Ender's Game, you will be very disappointed.Published on October 23, 2012 by zackeroo
i REALLY enjoyed the Ender series, while i wasnt expecting that i was expecting more that this. first off i hate when amazon dosnt put that it is a graphic novel, this is NOT a... Read morePublished on August 26, 2012 by SV650S
I read Laddertop (Vol. 1) this morning. It's a manga series that seems to be aimed primarily at an audience of pre-teen girls. Read morePublished on January 16, 2012 by Craig
This reads and acts like an anime (I have only read some of "Fullmetal Alchemist" as a way of getting ahead of the episodes of "Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood"). Read morePublished on January 9, 2012 by Richard Arthur
Even though I don't usually like comics (even when I was a kid) and haven't read one in years, I loved Laddertop volume 1. Read morePublished on January 4, 2012 by R. Garretson
I am no comic book/manga/gamer/sci-fi expert. At all. My comic book experience only goes back to the Archie comics and Garfield comic books. Read morePublished on December 9, 2011 by Andrea T
In yet another of Orson Scott Card's increasingly frequent forays into the realm of comics, Card teams up with his daughter Emily Janice Card to write a compelling story about two... Read morePublished on November 22, 2011 by Maphesdus
I haven't read much manga, but really wanted to read this one because the story sounded new and different and Orson Scott Card's name was attached to it. Read morePublished on November 9, 2011 by Book Sake