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Laddertop, Volume 1 by Orson Scott Card
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Jan 16, 12

Read from January 09 to 13, 2012

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. I'm not in the target demographic (being a 36-old male), but I still thought the central mystery is very intriguing. I'm interested in seeing where OSC and Emily decide to go with it.

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 of online manga review sites have dismissed it as an Ender rip-off for girls. But that's not really fair; after the first three chapters, the core mythology begins to develop along a very different set of lines than EG.

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