Scott Westerfeld

Spill Zone: The Broken Vow

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All hell breaks loose in Spill Zone Book 2: The Broken Vow, the second volume of this dystopian graphic novel duology by science fiction visionary Scott Westerfeld and artist Alex Puvilland.

Three years ago an event destroyed the small city of Poughkeepsie, forever changing reality within its borders. Strange manifestations and lethal dangers now await anyone who enters the Spill Zone. Addison got close enough to the Spill Zone to touch it, literally. She survived the encounter, but came back changed.

It turns out she's not alone. North Korea has its own Spill Zone, and a young man named Jae is the only one who made it out alive. Alive, but changed. Now Addison, Don Jae, and, curiously, a rag doll named Vespertine, share an unholy bond and uncanny powers.


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Spill Zone
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OMG, this is sooo good...

OMG, this is sooo good! I was hooked from the start and this was a very quick read that kept me turning the pages. And what an abrupt ending! I want to know what happens next. Set in a Chernoble-type town in the US, a girl goes into the zone to take pictures, making a living at it. There are strange creatures and mysterious (maybe even paranormal) things going on. There is even a creepy doll! I love creepy doll stories! A must read.

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An unexplained spill...

An unexplained 'spill', creepy zombie-like puppet people, odd creatures and a creepy rag doll who seems to know it all... SPILL ZONE is an epic start to an intriguing and story! Addison wasn't home when the 'spill' happened and no one knows exactly how or why it happened; and no one goes back to try to figure it out. Going into the zone is illegal and forbidden. And no one goes in. Except for Addison. She has been going back to her hometown whenever she can to take photographs of what happened and what is there now - eerie talking cats, a form of electricity that glows and can chase after you and zombies that whisper warnings. It's how she makes a living to support herself and her little sister. However, she has quickly made rules for herself in order to get in and out of the spill zone safely - remain anonymous and unseen, never get off her motorbike, to stay on the main roads and never touch anything! Are just a few of her strict rules. But, when a collector of her pictures tracks her down and gives her an offer she can't refuse - an offer that can possibly help her sister who hasn't spoken since the incident. Can she risk her life in the spill zone to get what this "collector" wants? The illustrations are quite amazing! Every frame supports the fast paced story, the creepiness, the danger and consequences that can happen if things go wrong while poking around. SO much world-building, all so naturally put together - realistic and memorable! I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys reading suspenseful mysterious with glowing rats, intuitive rag dolls, and post-apocalyptic worlds! Whether you're a graphic novel reader or not, there isn't anything that should keep you from picking up this book! *I received this book from the publisher for an honest review. All thoughts here are my own.

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What an awesome start ...

What an awesome start to a new graphic series!!!! Creepy and suspenseful! Great art and story! The second volume needs to be released next week!

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Another page-turner! S...

Another page-turner! So much action and the story continues to flow effortlessly! THE BROKEN VOW picks up right where book one left off... Addison has sold off the last of her pictures from the zone and now has enough money to "retire" and take care of her sister, Lexi. But. It seems that Addison may have spent too much time in the zone and she is feeling a bit off... and she not only learns that her Lexi's crazed doll has a huge role in why the Spill happened; there is also another survivor from a different Spill that happened in North Korea who comes looking for Addison for help. Together, they try to understand and figure out why the Spill happened and how to either control the Zone or end it all... And guys - the creepy doll, named Vespertine, is still creepy as all heck! But she's also sassy and kind of grows on you. Trust me - you'll be rooting for her halfway through the storyline! Again, the illustrations are so vividly bright and yet still so eerie! The colors make the "monsters" look animated enough to jump off the page. And the style is just right - realistic enough to make the story creepier than it is already, but hard to look away. You really don't want to miss a single detail. My one and an only TINY little bit of gripe with this book - I want more! Although we do get some answers and things seem to end on a well enough note, there is still potential for more and I still have a few questions... I definitely recommend this series to those who not only enjoy graphic novels and comic books but to someone who really loves to immerse themselves into a new world with an open mind and vivid imagination. There is just so much that these books have to offer!

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Pros: atmospheric, int...

Pros: atmospheric, interesting characters, intriguing story Cons: a little slow No one knows what caused the Spill Zone, but its dangers are numerous. Addison supports herself and her younger sister by sneaking into her old hometown, now a quarantine zone, and selling the pictures she takes. She stays safe by obeying a set of rules. Now she's offered a large sum of money to bring something back from the zone, but it means breaking the rules... This is the first volume and so mostly sets up the spill zone and the characters. It's a bit slow, but that's due to the many panelled atmospheric nature of the artwork. While the artwork wasn't entirely to my liking, it does embody the post-apocalyptic feel of the city and the creepy stuff going on inside it. It's also highly expressive, showing a lot of motion and emotion. Addison's pretty interesting as a protagonist, gutsy if not terribly business savvy. Her obvious love for her sister shines through. I have to admit, I'm most intrigued by Vespertine, her sister's telepathic, snarky doll. The story ends with several mysteries introduced and I'm very curious to see what happens next.

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