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Laddertop Books 1 - 2 Paperback – November 5, 2013
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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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Top Customer Reviews
Most of all, when is volume 3 coming out.
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.
Robbi is a thoughtful girl.Read more ›
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this book was great it deserves a 5 star the story is great and the animation is great whats not to likePublished 9 months ago by justus d whitaker
Very fun to read. There is some eerie similarities to Ender's Game, but if you can get passed that, you'll really enjoy it.Published 12 months ago by Cameron 0_0
This is a graphic novel. It does not display well at all on the Kindle Paperwhite.Published 17 months ago by Daniel W Seekins
Love it. It starts out a lot like Ender's Game. The art is really nice, very clean, and gorgeous design and illustration of the environments. Good characters too. Read morePublished on July 4, 2014 by Guacamole