Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Spill Zone: The Broken Vow by Scott Westerfeld and Alex Puvilland

Summary from Goodreads:
Only the very brave or the very desperate dare enter the Spill Zone—Addison Merritt is a little of both. In exchange for a suitcase full of cash, she made one last trip to the Zone. She survived the encounter, but came back changed.

Addison is not alone. In a remote village in North Korea, a young man named Jae was touched by the unholy fire of the Spill Zone. He made it out alive—alive, but also changed.

Now bestowed with uncanny powers, Addison and Jae may be the only ones strong enough to face a new threat that has risen in the Spill Zone. This deadly entity is searching for his runaway bride—and his hunt is bringing him closer and closer to Addison and her little sister.
I’m not often as hyper-aware of when graphic novels come out as I am new YA novels. And I was counting down the days for this book.  I loved the first one. And it ended in a bit of a cliffhanger. I was so happy to receive this book for review (early!). I read it in one sitting. It’s genius in its creepiness.
I’m also not normally a fan of such abstract/surreal art in graphic novels. But here, it works perfectly. The images of the people/monsters inside the Spill Zone are just so eerie and terrifying that I’m surprised I could go to sleep after reading this. I’ve also always kind of had this weird fear of dolls…and well, the doll in here is pretty terrifying. The doll’s connection to the little sister is 10 times more terrifying in this book than in the first one.
I loved Jae too. It was nice for Addison to have a friend in the chaos. And everything he brought into the plot with North Korea was so unbelievably interesting and scary in its own right.
I loved how stuff resolved with Vespertine and the Spill Zone. I love what Jae and Addison can still do at the end. We finally get a few answers about some things, but I still have so many questions. And I loved the cliffhanger ending again. The ending felt a bit final though, so I sincerely hope there’s more. I just want to know more, see more, and find out more about what happened to certain characters/monsters.  I give this an 8/10.

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