Blog Tour & Review: Spill Zone: The Broken Vow by Scott Westerfeld & Alex Puvilland
Spill Zone: The Broken Vow releases tomorrow and I absolutely loved book one, Spill Zone! So of course when I was invited to the blog tour for The Broken Vow I couldn’t say yes fast enough! Thank you so much to First Second Books for the review copy and the chance to be a part of the tour! Check out all the book and series information, my review, as well as the rest of the blog tour!
All hell breaks loose in the second volume of New York Times–bestselling author Scott Westerfeld’s visionary graphic novel duology.
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 Don 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.
From Scott Westerfeld, the inspired imagination behind the New York Times bestsellers Uglies and Leviathan, comes The Broken Vow, the second volume of our highly anticipated new graphic novel series.
Well that took a turn I wasn’t expecting. Spill Zone was so weird, but fascinating. The Broken Vow is even weirder and I loved it. We get a lot of answers and we get insight into what actually is the spill zone.
The art is so much a major part of the story. The coloring is mesmerizing. Colors for the the zone and the colors of the untouched world are so different. It really gives the story that special feel that can only come in the form of a graphic novel. The style and the coloring combined with the creatures may actually give me nightmares.
Addison thought she took her final job in the Spill Zone, but she’s been touched and now she has been changed forever. Some of the creatures in the zone fear her, and she doesn’t know why. What she does know is she needs to get out of there with her sister, Lexa…and without Vespertine the doll.
As I mentioned in my review of Spill Zone, I went to college in Poughkeepsie, New York, so I loved having that connection to the story as well. I was an Environmental Science/Biology major, so I could see myself loving this kind of thing if it was real, even if there isn’t a nuclear power plant anywhere nearby. But shhh you didn’t hear that from me.
There really is a lot of information dropped, and a lot of story in this sequel. I am happy we got answers, but I don’t want this story to end. We know something similar happened in North Korea, and Jae has a lot of information about his zone, and the powers given to him, the sole survivor. So even now that Addison’s story may be settled, I hope that we might still have a small window for an additional book, maybe even a new zone! hint hint
I think fans of graphic novels, sci-fi, or even Stranger Things, will really enjoy this series. I highly recommend grabbing both installments for a fascinating and excellently creepy summer read!
Three years ago an event destroyed the small city of Poughkeepsie, forever changing reality within its borders. Uncanny manifestations and lethal dangers now await anyone who enters the Spill Zone.
The Spill claimed Addison’s parents and scarred her little sister, Lexa, who hasn t spoken since. Addison provides for her sister by photographing the Zone’s twisted attractions on illicit midnight rides. Art collectors pay top dollar for these bizarre images, but getting close enough for the perfect shot can mean death or worse.
When an eccentric collector makes a million-dollar offer, Addison breaks her own hard-learned rules of survival and ventures farther than she has ever dared. Within the Spill Zone, Hell awaits and it seems to be calling Addison’s name.
About the Author & Illustrator:
Scott Westerfeld is the author of the worldwide bestselling Uglies series and the Locus Award–winning Leviathan series, and is co-author of the Zeroes trilogy. His other novels include the New York Times bestseller Afterworlds, The Last Days, Peeps, So Yesterday, and the Midnighters trilogy.
Alex Puvilland was born in France where he grew up reading his father’s comic books. He now lives in Los Angeles with his ridiculously talented wife and two extraordinary children, Leo and Adrien. He works for Dreamworks Animation, and does comics whenever he has a moment. Alex co-illustrated Prince of Persia and Templar.
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