Published by First Second on July 10th 2018
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.
It’s all a little bit twisted, but it sure is unputdownable!
Welcome to the next stop on the SPILL ZONE: THE BROKEN VOW blog tour. Even though we’ve been more or less on hiatus, I wanted to come back and discuss this duology, because it’s the sort of graphic novel series that my entire family enjoys. It’s got a little bit of something for everyone: gorgeous, evocative illustrations, a gripping storyline, interesting characters, action, adventure, sibling dynamics, and a general creepiness that makes for a fast and furious read — exactly what everyone wants out of a summer book.
Our whole family of five devoured the first Spill Zone, so when Spill Zone: The Broken Vow one came in, let’s just say we fought over which one of us got to read it first (you’d think it was yours truly, this being my book blog and all, but you’d be wrong). I’ve always been drawn to books about older siblings taking care of and protecting younger siblings. As the baby of my family growing up, and now the mother of three kids each three years apart, I love it when authors explore sibling relationships.
Addison is, for all of her moral ambiguity, incredibly clear about her role in Lexa’s life — she’s the big sister, and it’s her job to keep Lexa safe. When things go seriously wrong (courtesy of the creeptastic doll Vespertine), Lexa’s life is at stake, and Addie realizes she needs help. Enter Jae, a North Korean teen who also witnessed a spill zone and, like Addie, has special powers. It’s all a little bit twisted, but it sure is unputdownable!
If you need to start at the beginning, read book one, now in paperback. More about SPILL ZONE.
About the author:
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, LeUyen Pham, and their 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.