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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (261 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Orson Scott Card, Emily Janice Card Narrator: A Full Cast Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Audio Theater Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2012 ISBN: 9781470804305
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An original science fiction tale by the bestselling author of Ender’s Game and his daughter

Twenty-five years ago, the alien Givers came to Earth and bestowed upon the human race the greatest technology ever seen—four giant towers known as Ladders that rise thirty-six thousand miles 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. Best friends Robbi and Azure, two eleven-year-old girls who are candidates for the academy, 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The main characters in this volume are largely female, strong and intelligent, a wonderful departure from male-dominated extraterrestrial offerings…An intriguing beginning—readers will clamor for the follow-up.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy Rowzee | 2/14/2014

    " This definitely has echoes of Ender's Game in it. I love the fact that the main character is female. I can't wait to read more to see where they go with the story line. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian Layman | 2/13/2014

    " The fact that this is manga explains a lot. In the audible edition, the sound was distracting. Most of it would have worked wonderfully as ring tones. I may even extract a few to use as ring tones. As a kids story, the book was ok. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin Xu | 2/6/2014

    " This book is exactly the reason why I hate all of his works after Shadow of the Giant. Why would he be invovled in a project like this, even if it is to help ot a family memeber. Does he not know it is ripping the exact premise from his masterpiece, Ender's Game. If someone came to me with a idea similar to one of my works, I would throw the person out the door, and never speak or see him or her ever again. I just think is willing to publishing anything to appeal to the masses in order to make money anyway possible. I will never spent any money on any of his new books at all anymore. He has really disappointed me. Shame on you Orson Scott Card. Shame on you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacy | 1/27/2014

    " Despite a full cast, frequent sound effects, and trippy synthetic pop music between scenes, this did not translate well at all to audio. The story was fine, but the narration was stilted and everything just seemed off. I'll definitely be recommending the manga over the audiobook. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Lee | 1/2/2014

    " Interesting. At the moment, at least it feels like a variation on Ender's Game with a heroine instead of a hero, but the distinctions are sufficient and the characters interesting enough to make it fun in its own right. It is after all, only superficially similar to Ender's Game. Card's style works well in the comics medium as he's talk heavy anyway. (Not mean to be a critique, just my impression.)Young kids, of both sexes, are selected to go work on a space station created by aliens, while the aliens aren't formics and their is no war, it is interesting how closely some of the adult/child relationships seem to parallel Ender already, and how the character rolls can at least be superficially parcelled out to Ender's Game equivalents. Still, Ender's Game was brilliant right? not a bad piece to reimagine, and Card has, in many ways, made a large part of his career refashioning his own work and spinning off of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy | 12/25/2013

    " Rated for young adult readers, but could easily be in an upper elementary collection- very interesting, I would like to see more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tyler Todd | 11/5/2013

    " It's got a great storyline with great characters that draws you in. Based in the future and very intriguing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 10/22/2013

    " Fun sci-fi manga about tween girls who act like real people instead of stereotypical tweens. If you liked the ideas of Ender's Game, but want something for a little bit younger audience in graphic novel format and with more female characters, you may enjoy this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justine | 10/18/2013

    " I get why there was such negative reactions to this... It was too short! And waay too similar to Ender's Game. Had it been written by a non-Card, perhaps, but with the OSC name attached - one can only be reminded of that book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 9/12/2013

    " Despite the excessive potty talk, I felt like the plot was intriguing and I will likely continue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate Mowery | 6/24/2013

    " It is really strange that this is cataloged adult. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jono | 6/19/2013

    " When I reserved this from the library I thought it was going to be an actual book, not a Manga like graphic novel. For what's it's worth, Laddertop was a very easy read with a cute, but shallow story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/11/2013

    " I really liked this graphic novel-type book, and can see it going lots of places. It's probably meant for more of a tween or early teen audience, but I very much enjoyed it too. My only complaint is it was too short - it didn't get through enough plot before it was "to be continued". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice Paterra | 1/24/2013

    " A story about a girl in space! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Becky M | 9/30/2012

    " We listened to this one while traveling. If we'd had something different to listen to, we wouldn't have listened to the whole thing. It was rather abrupt at the end, but at least it was fairly short! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott Forbes | 8/29/2012

    " Shows promise but the first volume leaves a lot to be desired. Hopefully things pick up in the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 5/29/2012

    " Good for teens. A bit immature for me though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth Hyland | 5/17/2012

    " there isn't much to say because there is a vol. 2. i'll let you know. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chad | 3/27/2012

    " Not much to go on yet. It is quite similar to Ender's Game in some regards, but I hope in the next books there will be enough of a difference to set it apart. This book is mostly set up, but I'm interested. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louise Bendall | 1/29/2012

    " First book in what could be a fantastic sci-fi manga series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 10/22/2011

    " Cute, fun read. Excited for vol 2. Review to come. "

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About the Author
Author Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card, the author of the New York Times bestseller Ender’s Game, has won several Hugo and Nebula awards for his works of speculative fiction. His Ender novels are widely read by adults and younger readers and are increasingly used in schools. Besides these and other science fiction novels, Card writes contemporary fantasy, American-frontier fantasy, biblical novels, poetry, plays, and scripts.