Blog Tour & Review: Spill Zone
by Scott Westerfeld & Alex Puvilland
Welcome to the SPILL ZONE Blog Tour! Spill Zone was written by Scott Westerfeld and illustrated by Alex Povilland. In today’s post, I get to share an exclusive photo taken by Alex while doing research in Poughkeepsie for the illustrations, as well as my review. So check out all the book details and the inspirational photo!
Category: Young Adult, Sci-fi, Graphic Novel
Publication: May 2nd, 2017; First Second
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.
I will be honest right off the bat and say that I have never officially reviewed a graphic novel before Spill Zone, I have read plenty, and I love them so much, but never a real review…so if I am supposed to address certain aspects, terminology or whatever…please forgive me.
Spill Zone was a great story, and the illustrations were off the charts! I love this style and the colors used. So colorful! I loved the dichotomy between the look and color from inside and outside the zone. Speaking of the zone…holy mother of creepiness. I need more of the zone. Speaking of creepy, there’s are very prominent rag doll in the story, and I may have nightmares.
So I lived in Poughkeepsie for a few years for college, and I loved that I recognized the hospital, but in real life this was a psychiatric institution (at least I think that was the inspiration, it has been a while since I was in college). It was really cool to know they used inspiration from real life city landmarks.
My only problem was I needed more story. I just didn’t get enough details, I NEED MORE STORY. Now I have a damn unknown wait for the next installment. So if you like dark stories, I think you will love this and I highly recommend it.
May 1st — Audrey’s Book Blog
May 2nd — BookCrushin (That’s us!)
May 3rd — YA Bibliophile
May 4th — Fiction Fare
May 5th — Teen Librarian Toolbox
May 8th — Ex Libris Kate
May 9th — Xpresso Reads
May 10th — Miss Print
May 11th — Too Fond of Books
May 12th — Forever YA
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