Today’s review is part of the official blog tour for Spill Zone: The Broken Vow, book 2 in the Spill Zone duology.
The Spill Zone duology by Scott Westerfeld & Alex Puvilland is what graphic novels are made for, kids.
Packed with action and drama, the story and illustrations explode on every page for a truly thrilling saga. Though the first volume in Spill Zone was released last year, I’m honestly glad I waited to read both volumes of this duology back-to-back — because I honestly can’t imagine waiting a whole year to find out what happens next after the crazy cliffhanger ending of volume one!
So, okay. I’m supposed to be talking about book two today (it’s the blog tour, after all) — but let me just say that, as a whole, this duology kicks major ass. Here’s a quick summary of what I loved about these two books:
1. They were fast, fun reads. I tend to read graphic novels pretty quickly, and these two were no exceptions. I plowed through both volumes in a single sitting and it was incredibly fun to get sucked into the entire saga for a couple hours. I just immersed myself in the whole plot, and let it carry me away. Plus, because it’s a duology, getting both volumes together made for a wholly satisfying binge read.
2. The story sticks with you. Despite reading these two volumes in a very short amount of time (and starting a new book the same night), the events of Spill Zone stuck with me for days after finishing. Literally, days. I’m honestly still thinking about it from time to time. These books are begging for a reread, and I’m sure I’ll find even more things to obsessively think over when I do.
3. Words + Illustrations = WIN! Scott Westerfeld’s writing combined with Alex Puvilland’s illustrations make for the best kind of storytelling. It’s dramatic, humorous, and action-packed. These two volumes ooze with cinematic scope, and make for a truly thrilling reading experience.
Overall, I just loved the plot and surprising twists to the story, but the characters (and the way they are captured in each illustration) are really what bring these books home for me as true delights.
If you already read Spill Zone, than you’ve no reason to delay diving into book 2, Spill Zone: The Broken Vow … or if you’re new to this series, let me entreat you to binge read both volumes of this explosive and wildly entertaining duology right now! Spill Zone is out now, and Spill Zone: The Broken Vow will be in stores on Tuesday.
About Spill Zone:
Nobody’s ever really explained the Spill. Was it an angelic visitation? A nanotech accident? A porthole opening from another world? Whatever it was, no one’s allowed in the Spill Zone these days except government scientists and hazmat teams. But a few intrepid explorers know how to sneak through the patrols and steer clear of the dangers inside the Zone. Addison Merrick is one such explorer, dedicated to finding out what happened that night and to unraveling the events that took her parents and left her little sister mute and disconnected from the world.
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.