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Book Title:
Spill Zone: The Broken Vow
Book Author:
Scott Westerfeld
Book Illustrator:
Alex Puvilland
Book Series:
Spillzone, #2
Page Count:
Publishing Date:
July 10th, 2018
First Second
Date Read:
July 10th, 2018
I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review - Thank you!


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.

My Review

Last year I read and reviewed the first book in this amazingly fun duolog, Spill Zone.  It was one of the first graphic novels that I had really gotten into, and truth be told, it sparked my obsession with graphic novels – I now read them whenever I can and I feel like I can’t get enough of them.

Spill Zone ended on quite the cliffhanger, and I can’t remember the last time I was as excited for a book like I was for Spill Zone: The Broken Vow I waited and waited and it finally got released and I am thrilled to have the chance to share my thoughts with you!

Spill Zone: The Broken Vow picks up right where Spill Zone left off, which was exciting.  If you read Spill Zone, you know that there are some really weird, creepy elements to the story, including the illustrations in the book.  I honestly thought they were a bit more disturbing in this book, but I loved every page.  The artwork is so incredibly drawn and exciting, colorful, and full of life, and the story?  The story was so good.

If you remember from Spill Zone, a huge spill at the nuclear plant caused a whole bunch of weird stuff to happen – ghosts, weird creatures and sounds, etc.  The main character, Addison, goes into the Spill Zone to take photographs, which she sells to collectors for money so she can support her little sister, because their parents were killed in the Spill Zone disaster.

In the first book, we were briefly introduced to a new character who seems to possess strange and unique abilities, but we don’t learn much about him.  In this book, we learn that his name is Don Jae, and he is from North Korea, where they had their own Spill Zone incident. 

When Don Jae tracks down Addison to talk to her about the Spill Zone, the two of them find themselves partnering to figure out what is going on, and why things in the Spill Zone have been way more active as of late. However, Addison is also dealing with some weird things involving her little sister and the creepy doll that talks to her that we learned about in the first book.

This book focuses a lot more on the doll and Addison’s sister, in fact making them one of the main focal points in the book.  I don’t want to go into detail and spoil it, but it’s important to pay attention to it.  I’ll be honest, I was a bit confused at first so I went back and re-read the whole book, and it made a lot more sense.

There’s a lot to Spill Zone: The Broken Vow.  It answered so many questions that the first book had on my mind, making me wonder.  I’m so glad that I was able to read this and figure some things out about the Spill Zone and the characters.

Spill Zone: The Broken Vow is definitely a thrill ride from beginning to end, and I honestly really enjoyed it.  I think Spill Zone and Spill Zone:The Broken Vow make up a wonderful story and I enjoyed how everything played out.

I’m pretty bummed that this was only a duology – I mean, things were wrapped up neatly in my opinion, but I feel like this could be a long going series because of how amazingly well done it is.  There’s a lot there, and it’s so fast paced and fun.

Definitely pick up Spill Zone and Spill Zone: The Broken Vow if you’re a fan of graphic novels.  Even if you aren’t, pick them up anyway – Spill Zone really got me into graphic novels, and this book reminded me of how much I’ve enjoyed the story!


4 stars
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