Do you dare enter the Spill Zone? The first volume of this dystopian graphic novel duology by science fiction visionary Scott Westerfeld and artist Alex Puvilland is now in paperback!
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 deathor 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 awaitsand it seems to be calling Addison's name.
Find out what happens in Spill Zone. And don't miss the sequel, Spill Zone: The Broken Vow.
This is a stunning graphic novel written by the author of the Uglies series, the Leviathan and Midnighters trilogies, as well as So Yesterday, Peeps, and The Last Days. This book is printed in stunning full color, with art by Alex Puvilland and colors by Hilary Sycamore. The trade paperback edition includes a 21-page bonus comic.
Praise for Spill Zone:
“Addison is particularly complex: though she is sympathetic, her decisions are intentionally presented as morally questionable. Harsh profanity and violence make this a more appropriate choice for mature readers. This unnerving, gripping titleWesterfeld’s first original graphic novelis bound to entice older comics fans, especially those interested in darker sci-fi and nuanced characterization. . . . A must-have for teen and graphic novel collections.” Kirkus Reviews
“Fascinating and hard to forget.” Publishers Weekly
“A little dark, a little twisted, and completely enthralling.” Marissa Meyer, #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles and Heartless
"Expect some stunning sci-fi spectacle when Addison ventures into the Spill Zone." A.V. Club
"Readers will have no problem rooting for Addisonand fearing for her. . . . As frightening as Spill Zone can be, though, its greatest asset is its muscle tensing suspense. Reading it feels like binge-watching a great cable series, complete with the same feeling of despair you get when you finish the final episode and realize you've got . . . to wait for the next season." The New York Times
"Puvilland, an animator for DreamWorks, has a rough, kinetic style that brings to life the rough, kinetic world of Spill Zone. . . . Westerfeld does not overburden the story with unnecessary dialogue or narration. He deftly joins the ranks of other established YA authors like M. T. Anderson and Marissa Meyer who, as of late, have taken a break from prose to produce comics." The New York Review of Books
"If Katniss Everdeen’s your gal, you’re going to want to meet Addison Merrit, another teen trying to make the best of her dystopic surroundings." Entertainment Weekly
"Spill Zone is an absolute must read. It’s a brilliant work of art that is easily one of this year’s best comics. Engaging, exciting, and mysterious, this comic will consume you." Nerdist
"YA superstar Scott 'Uglies' Westerfeld and artist Alex Puvilland tell the spooky, action-packed tale of Addison, one of the few survivors of the mysterious events that destroyed Poughkeepsie, New York, turning it into a spooky, Night-Vale-ish place where mutant animals, floating living corpses, and people trapped in two-dimensional planes live amid strange permanent winds that create funnels of old electronics and medical waste." Boing Boing
About the Author
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Leviathan is the only Scott Westerfeld book I read before, and I didn’t really enjoy it. However, as this is a graphic novel, the author basically gets a whole new slate for me, and I really really loved his latest work. I’d briefly skimmed reviews before picking this one up, and they led me to believe that this would be the most intense, slightly depraved thing I would read in a while. When I finally got the chance to check it out, it wasn’t exactly what I had expected, but it was just as good. Spill Zone revolves around the main character Addison, with her sister Lexa, and her sister’s slightly freaky, slightly awesome doll Vespertine. They’re living post Spill, which is something that happened in the place they used to live. Their parents died during the Spill, and yet Addison and her sister still live near there. Lexa was in the city during the Spill, and she hasn’t spoken a word since. Addison was away, but now she goes into the Spill Zone – a place no one else dares go/is allowed to go – taking pictures and earning enough to take care of both herself and her twelve year old sister. There are so many cool things happening in this graphic novel, an interesting connection between North Korea and the U.S., and so many amazing creatures that I seriously want to know more about. As with all graphic novels, this one felt really short. Well, not that it was short, but I’m going to say it’s short because I read it way too quickly and I really want the next volume of this right now. The cliffhanger on this one is all sorts of intriguing, and I really love the main character, her sister, and the doll. Especially the doll – I want to know more about the doll. The graphics are so nice to look at and oh my goodness the book feels so good in your hands I’m not even joking. It’s all so pretty. Whether you go into this novel knowing what it’s about or you go into it having no freaking clue what you’re about to get yourself into – this is what I did – there’s going to be several things that surprise you no matter what, and you will have the best thirty to forty-five minutes of your day reading this. Except then you’re going to have to wait probably about a year for the next installment because publishing takes long, but hey, it’s so worth it.