An Original Science Fiction Tale By The Best Selling 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 , 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 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 I have been carrying the AARP discount card for than a decade I try to buy EVERYTHING Orson Scott Card writes Rarely am I disappoointed in the return I get from my investment in money to purchase or time to read But this one was just not for me I have enjoyed other graphic novels My first was Maus This one I think is the japaneese style which is very popular around the world.It just was too jumpy for me Not enough dialog for me to understand what was going on The illustration style seemed to require simultaneous integration of the many image panels on a page I guess I am to old and linear for this stuff. I haven t read too much Manga, or even readEnder s Game Ender, Book 1 , but this space adventure sounded like something new and entertaining to try Laddertop is a collaborative book by Orson Scott Card and his daughter Emily Janice Card, and they conceived of the kids in space idea during San Diego Comic Con one year It s quick, entertaining and different, and made me interested to read science fiction books like this, and Ender s Game.The story took me a little while to get into at first as I was trying to get my bearings with the artistic style There are a lot of details to notice in the artwork and you have to pay close attention to get the most out of the story The story is about two eleven year old middle school girls, Robbi and Azure, who are interested in attending the exclusive Laddertop Academy, a school located in space There are all kinds of tests that the kids must pass in order to go into space, and this process is shrouded in mystery.Azure and Robbi are best friends and total opposites Azure has an over the top personality and is excited about every aspect of Laddertop Academy, while Robbi can take it or leave it, though she does seem to be well suited for it The story moves at a breakneck pace while the situation is being established and all the characters are introduced I suspect we will learn in depth info about the characters in future books Azure really cracked me up with her bold personality.The space training includes many details you may be wondering about space travel, including transport and the cool space chairs you ride in, and even bathroom logistics I did get a little dizzy reading about the weightlessness portion of the journey.I read Laddertop in one sitting and thought it did a pretty good job of setting up the series I m interested in learning about the candidate selection process and the Scan test symbols, and about the alien Givers in future installments This should be a fun series for middle grade readers. i REALLY enjoyed the Ender series, while i wasnt expecting that i was expecting that this first off i hate when dosnt put that it is a graphic novel, this is NOT a book it took me an hour to get through it and pictures just dont do a story justice like a well written paragraph the story has great possibility if it were to be written out in a traditional format but to be honest Mr Card i feel jipped with this book it has about 1 2 chapters worth of plot in the whole book, the rest of the story to come in the next few volumes i guess if this is an attempt to reach a younger market then good idea, if this is to make money, well just shame maybe after this is done you can make a single volume novel for the rest of us over 8.