An original science fiction manga by the bestselling author of Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card, and his daughter, Emily Janice Card
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!
About the Author
Orson Scott Card is the author of the bestselling Ender's Universe series and its spinoffs. Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead both won Hugo and Nebula Awards, making Card the only author to win these two top prizes in consecutive years. Card has also written the fantasy Tales of Alvin Maker and Mither Mages series. Card has written many other stand-alone science fiction and fantasy novels, as well as movie tie-ins and games, and publishes an internet-based science fiction and fantasy magazine, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show. Emily Janice Card has read a number of audiobooks, including Card's Ender in Exile and Ben Bova's The Aftermath. Card is an actor on stage and screen, a singer, and a writer. She also adapted and starred in the play A Sepulcher of Songs, based on a short story Orson Scott Card. Honoel A. Ibardolaza is an award-winning illustrator of children's books and manga, including The Greediest of Rajahs and the Whitest of Clouds. He lives in the Philippines.
"With competent manga-style illustrations by the award-winning Ibardolaza...this stands as a worthy young adult adventure novel." --Publishers Weekly
"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
"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