Laddertop, Volume 1 (Laddertop #1)
Twenty-five years ago, the alien Givers came to Earth. They gave the human race the greatest technology ever seen— four giant towers known as Ladders that rise 36,000 miles into space and culminate in space stations that power the entire planet. Then, for reasons unknown, the Gi
3.0 to 3.5 stars
(A night at the Card's)
(Emily walks in to talk to her Uncle Orson, she's got big plans)
OSC: (startled) Oh, hi Emily. What are you doing here so early?
EJC: (black sheep of the family doesn't begin to explain her) Hi Unkie Orson, I had this great idea for a new book I want to write, but I think I need your help and your connections of course.
OSC: You know I'd do anything for family, what's the pitch?
EJC: So, I was thinki...more
This only deserves one star, but I'm adding an extra one because younger readers probably won't mind as much.
There was an interesting story in there, somewhere. The idea of the aliens and technology is cool, but SO much of the dialogue is stilted or just bad, and the book skims over so much to get the kids...more
I feel like it will be hard to review this book because it's just the beginning of a larger story. For a first volume, though, I enjoyed it and found it to be interesting enough to persue.
The story, at least from what I hear (I never read Ender's Game), is similar to that book in that it has a young protagonist that goes into training in space. In this case it's a girl names Roberta ("Robbi") and the story follows how she is accepted to a school...more
Robbi and Azure are best friends who are both in the competition. Robbi is the qu...more
Laddertop consists of four big towers (ladders) that go up to the Space Station that is called 'Laddertop'. Clever, huh? Cuz you get to the top of the Ladder.
So, think of a primitive Deep Space 9, maybe. THat's what I was thinking of. Or maybe a more advanced MIR.
11 year old girl, AZURE really wants to be picked to go to Laddertop. It's been her dream for like e...more
When I started reading, I thought I would be lost. I felt the synopsis gave me enough of a base to go on an...more
In the beginning, it worked. The voices helped make it interesting and I was driving along, enjoying the story. Then, it just stopped being fun and started being dull. This is how it sou...more
I liked little things like their selection of the code word Grampa "because he's cool"--seemed like a Card-family inside joke and/or a tip of the hat to and appreciation of Grampa Card. The nickname Nine for the character Ixchab was also very clever. The fact that Azure thinks Robbi is...more
I had some issues with this book- most of which are probably best considered quibbling. I don't read manga as a rule, so I'm not familiar with the artistic conventions of the genre- which might have improved my experience. I wish the artwork had been in color- this would have made identification of the different characters much easier, and would have improved the experience.
The biggest problem with the book is that it...more
All the OSC stock are intact: politicking adults, mysterious aliens, and perceptive children in militaristic space environs. The typical manga iconography we all love is there as well: SD/chibi caricatures, and speed lines that read like I'm watching Sailor Moon.
Mad drama is set off the bat, but not in a Kardashian...more
Certain story elements are clearly reminiscent of Ender's Game (e.g., kids training in zero gravity; dream visions sent from an unknown alien race). This is probably unfortunate, as a lot o...more
The story line in this one just gets the story going. There are a lot of unanswered questions, but I am not surprised since this is volume 1. I am interested in reading more. I do hope though that this isn...more
Yes, it's a little like Ender's Game, but I came in with low expectations and things look like they have some good places to go--looking forward to more about the aliens, Robbi's importance in the scheme of things, etc.
I'll probably keep reading at least the next one once it's out, or I might just grab wikipedi...more
Robbi is chosen to go work in The Ladder, a structure left by aliens that extends up into space. Only children can fit into the webbing-like tubes in order to do maintenance and keep the Ladder in working order. Anyone who’s read the Ender books will definitely start feeling nostalgic in reading LADDERTOP. Though different al...more
Really enjoyable story about kids being selected and trained for work in a space ship/building created by aliens called Givers. The story reminded me a bit of Ender's Game. I was really engaged by Roberta and Azure's friendship and journey to Laddertop Academy. At the end of this volume, I definitely wanted to know what happens next. Highly recommend for upper elementary through junior high.
But, I loved the subject matter and I am anxiously looking forward to the next installment.
Some of it is reminiscent of Ender's Game (young kids being sent to do work that only they can do). But, it is a totally different story and the protagonist is very interesting.
EDIT: I feel I should mention that I have actually never read Ender's Game, since several people are saying there are similarities.
Also, I didn't think that the manga-style art was the best choice for this book.
Besides these and other science fiction novels, Card writes contemporary fantasy (Magic Street, Enchantment, Lost Boys), biblical novels (Stone Tables, Rachel and Leah), the American frontier fantasy series Th...more