Jordyn is fifteen years old when the city she lives in is attacked by enemy forces and her best friend, David, is killed by a bomb. Overcome by grief, she doesn't even speak to her rescuer, who's no ordinary soldier. Only when a unique young boy named Arin speaks to her is her voice heard again.
Ladders is about how people throughout the ages have made their way to the top, by fair means or foul. The book starts with a description of the physical aspects of ladders (including staircases, which, for the purposes of Ladders, are regarded as ways of getting to the top. Included is a discussion of gravity, which opposes one’s ascent). It…
She’s just become comfortable in a new city when it too is attacked. After making an escape, she and Arin flee to enemy territory, a place Jordyn feels she needs to go. The next morning, she is surprised to learn that the city she and Arin escaped from was miraculously saved by an ohnyx, a child with magical powers.
That ohnyx is Jordyn herself, which means one heartbreaking thing: she could have saved David. With this in mind, she uses her powers to save more lives. Before long, she learns about a spy in their midst. Then, a smuggled message changes everything.