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Although the premise of the story sounds eerily like one of Card’s other works, Laddertop twists the space-opera genre enough to keep readers new to science fiction intrigued. When two 11-year-old girls graduate from Laddertop Academy, one ascends to the top of the giant, alien-made Ladder to a space station constructed in such a way that only children are able to maintain its functionality. The other girl, who did not pass the test to work at Laddertop, is recruited by rebels determined to learn more about the aliens who created the Ladders and why they disappeared. There is quite a bit of world building required to set the scene, so having books 1 and 2 bound into a single volume helps considerably with the pacing. The action, once things get going, moves quickly, and tension builds to a satisfying pitch. The artwork is a bit stiff, and the character designs are basic, but readers familiar with manga-inspired art will have no trouble identifying characters after a few pages. Grades 7-9. --Eva Volin

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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 on Laddertop Volume 1

“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 on Laddertop Volume 1

“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 on Laddertop Volume 1

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Product Details

  • Series: Laddertop
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Tor/Seven Seas (November 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076532461X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765324610
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.3 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,235,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Matthew Brady on December 11, 2013
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When I first read this book I was impressed by the illustrations, I just love the old school manga style. I do not know how faithful it is to the original, but I would definitely recommend to young adults that have an interest in manga and comic books.
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My kids and I have all enjoyed this graphic novel. These first two installments set up a fascinating situation and then some great characters. I don't want to give anything away, but there is something special about the main character, she's a very unusual young lady. Why did the aliens build the station so that only children could work on it? What is going to happen next.

Most of all, when is volume 3 coming out.
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By BW on September 26, 2015
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I found Laddertop (Books 1 and 2 combo) at my local library and it sounded interesting. It's about these aliens called "The Givers" who gave Earth several space stations for collecting solar energy and mining the asteroid belt, but they can only be maintained by children. Plot, character and polish.

PLOT

There are two plots running concurrently and this means two protagonists. Robbi and Azure are best friends and contrasting in their personalities. Robbi is accepted for a position in Laddertop and also receives mysterious dreams about giants and insects. Azure is rejected by SCAN despite being otherwise qualified and is scouted for an organization that researches the Laddertop instead of maintaining it. These two plot threads work well together because they reinforce each other. It's not just a "this thing over here is also happening but unrelated" or an "it's thematic" thing but both of them push the plot forward.

The world building is interesting stuff. For instance, because working at Laddertop means becoming an astronaut, the kids go through zero-gravity training and have to pass high academic standards. It is thus very competitive. Also, the Laddertops have radically altered Earth's energy market with a commercial talking about lucrative and environmentally friendly these machines are.

It's all great stuff until the ending. It's a cliffhanger. Absolutely nothing is resolved. It was frustrating to see all this great build up and world creation but to see nothing come of it. Perhaps the experience is different when reading the two books separately but this just feels cheap to me.

CHARACTERS

Robbi is a thoughtful girl.
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My 10 year old daughter loves this book. The themes will be very familiar to anyone who has read any Orson Scott Card novel. This is the first 2 books combined of a trilogy with the third book as yet unreleased. I cannot find any word or info to when the third book will be available so while it is an extremely entertaining book, be prepared to be left hanging.
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This is a fun adventure about a girl chosen to work at the alien space station above earth. I liked the characters and cared about what happened to them. The mystery of the aliens and their technology was also intriguing. The art in done in a Manga style and is active and interesting. The volume contains book 1 and 2 of the series. One story is finished but there is room for more to come.
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I give it 5 stars cuz this book is fricken awesome! Its hard to balence plot and character development, I love the cliffhanger and im thinking when? When is the next book? No more like where are the next 5 books! I love this book to death, the drawing are fantastic, ik its hard to draw like that, please make another one, oooh oooh do something with the father, the abusive one. :) plz.
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By sue on February 18, 2014
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My son loved this book, and truth be told, I enjoyed it too...the graphic novel format is a wonderful option for reluctant readers.
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