Volume 1

Graphic Novel - 2011
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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 Givers disappeared. Due to the unique alien construction of the Laddertop space stations, only a skilled crew of children can perform the maintenance necessary to keep the stations up and running. Back on Earth, competition is fierce to enter Laddertop Academy. It is an honor few students will achieve. Robbi and Azure, two eleven-year-old girls who are the best of friends, are candidates for the Academy. They will become entangled in a dangerous mystery that may help them solve the riddle of the Givers...if it doesn’t destroy the Earth first!
Publisher: New York : Tor Seven Seas, 2011
ISBN: 9780765324603
Branch Call Number: J PB CARD
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : ill


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Oct 31, 2017

I found this to be a delightful story. I haven't yet finished it, as I am waiting on the second volume, but Volume One was well done. This had a very Magna inspired art style, and it fits fairly well with the theme.

Once again, Card's treatment of children is as far more than just background players, but THE main players, and he manages to do so in a way that is at once believable, and interesting.

While I appreciate that theme of children being vital for human survival is a theme he's done before, the story is different enough to be an interesting and entertaining.

Mar 04, 2012

Hmmm... Card sounds like he's treading on old ground with this. He not only did this in Ender's Game, he retold it from a slightly different (and wholly unnecessary) perspective with Ender's Shadow. I'll pass, though I loved Ender....

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Oct 26, 2016

H22827478 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 14


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