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Spill Zone: The Broken Vow

Review

Spill Zone: The Broken Vow

written by Scott Westerfeld with illustrations by Alex Puvilland

Scott Westerfield is the New York Times bestselling author of the Uglies series, the Leviathan Trilogy, and the Zeroes Trilogy. He also wrote the standalones EVOLUTION’S DARLING, SO YESTERDAY and AFTERWORLDS. His works have won the Philip K. Dick Special Citation, the Aurealis Award and the Victorian Premier’s Award. His first solo-written comic is SPILL ZONE.

Alex Puvilland is the New York Times Bestselling illustrator from France. He moved to California to work for Dreamworks Animation and currently creates comics on the side. His first solo-illustrated comic is SPILL ZONE, which is followed by a second volume, SPILL ZONE: The Broken Vow.

"The second novel elaborated on everything the first did not and so many more interesting facts emerge from this world. The art is just as enthralling, and this installment is just as easy to read as the first."

After the first book, SPILL ZONE, ended with much uncertainty, Addison said she was done with the Zone for good, but she cannot seem to rid herself of the effects it had on her. She is not the only one who has been given strange powers by the Zone, and a North Korean named Jae also gained powers when he was touched by the unholy fire of his own village’s Spill. As a new threat emerges from Addison’s Spill, only she and Jae can help contain it together.

SPILL ZONE: The Broken Vow was even more strange and creepy than the first novel. I have very similar feelings about this book to the first, especially about the art. I am not entirely used to graphic novels and find myself missing the fantastic artwork to get to the words faster. I could definitely reread these books and notice much more of the art. I found myself not being able to put this book down and reading each chapter super quickly. I actually had to slow myself down when reading this book so that it would not be over so quickly. This book picked up quite literally right where the last book left off. Both Spill Zone books switch points of view fluidly and without warning, which initially I was skeptical about but got used to and even began to enjoy.

I appreciated the character development in this book that was hardly elaborated on in book one. A lot of questions were answered that I was initially unsure could even be explained. Jae, Lexa and Wiley were all much more present in this sequel, and Addison was hardly ever doing something without any of them. I am a big fan of multiple villains in the story, and they made the story even more terrifying and fast-paced. Overall, THE BROKEN VOW wrapped up the story well, leaving it at an end --- for now. The door is definitely open for more. The duology itself is very easy and quick to read and ultimately full of entertainment value.

I recommend SPILL ZONE: The Broken Vow to all who read SPILL ZONE and were even on the fence about continuing with the next book. The second novel elaborated on everything the first did not and so many more interesting facts emerge from this world. The art is just as enthralling, and this installment is just as easy to read as the first. With even more complications and dangers, THE BROKEN VOW is bound to hold your attention the entire time.

Reviewed by Grace P., Teen Board Member on July 11, 2018

Spill Zone: The Broken Vow
written by Scott Westerfeld with illustrations by Alex Puvilland