Spill Zone

Spill Zone

Graphic Novel - 2017 | First edition
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"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 death-- or 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 awaits-- and it seems to be calling Addison's name"-- provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : First Second, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781596439368
Characteristics: 211 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: Spill zone. 1


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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.

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Mar 15, 2020

I really liked the creepy world this book creates. Ended too quickly for me. My advice is to have Book Two ready to go so you don't have to wait to read what happens next like I do!

I really loved the art and the coloring, the rainbow of colors really emphasizes the weirdness of the story! :)

Nov 25, 2019

What a ride! "The Spill Zone" by Scott Westerfeld (bestselling author of the Uglies series and Leviathan trilogy) teams up with illustrator Alex Puvilland for a graphic novel duology that's creepy and atmospheric. Three years prior, an...event destroyed the town of Poughkeepsie, leaving something strange and dangerous in its wake. The area, known as the "Zone" is cordoned off, with a military presence keeping spectators out. Addison's in charge of her little sister, Lexa, one of the rare survivors who came out of the Zone after the event, and makes her living taking photographs of the Zone and selling them on the black market.

With a premise like that, of course it's going to be dark and weird and just the right kind of spooky to give you those nervous kinds of chills. This is Westerfeld's first foray into graphic novels, and I honestly could read a whole series about this world. The characters are complex and compelling, with Addison being a standout who balances her need to take care of her sister and an almost recklessness when it comes to her craft and her art. She goes into the Zone, which is illegal, but she has a strict code of what she will or won't take pictures of.

And the art is absolutely gorgeous!

It's a riveting read, with the sequel being just as compelling. I'd love to see more, but the ending of the duology was pretty perfect. I can't recommend this enough!

IndyPL_SteveB Nov 08, 2019

Creative and artfully different first graphic novel in a series by one of the most popular Young Adult authors.

An “event” of some kind dealing with nanotechnology and nuclear power has turned an area of upstate New York into a nightmare land. This includes the hometown of teenager Addison and her younger sister, the nearly mute Lexa. Addison was away from the town when the Spill occurred but Lexa was there. She escaped but is altered psychologically. Their parents were killed or perhaps changed into something else. The Spill Zone is blocked by the Army because it can be deadly to visitors, with its unnatural colors, strangely evolved beasts, and “meat puppets” – the zombie-like remains of the residents. But Addison goes there anyway to photograph the zone and its creatures. She sells them through a crooked art dealer to make enough money to support her and Lexa. Lexa has a doll that seems to speak to her, a doll that needs “recharging” in the Spill Zone. It’s all very mysterious and the story and art work together to draw the reader in.

May 07, 2019

I would recommend this Graphic novel for ages 13 and up, I would say 12 and up but this book contains frequent swearing, But besides that 12 and up.

KHCPL_Doug Jun 28, 2018

I regret that I finished this book. It was so good, I didn't want it to end. The premise of the book is a mysterious "spill" in a small town that killed/reanimated/trapped the people there. Addison and her little sister escaped, but now Addison returns, illegally, to the town to photograph the bizarre and eerie phenomenon in the town, and sell her pictures for a profit to collectors. The story is so well written, and the mixture of character, mystery, and horror blend perfectly. The illustrations are equally full of character, and horror. Colors blend and splotch the little town, and the renderings of birds circling in patterns, or helmets melting into the ground, or tornadoes of debris in front of a hospital, are fascinating and repulsive. The good news is there will be a volume 2! I can't wait.

LoveSewing Jun 03, 2018

Addison lives outside of Poughkeepsie, NY, which has been an off-limits zone after an unexplained event happened there. Addison’s parents died in the accident and her little sister, Lexa, has not spoken since it happened. To support them both, Addison sneaks inside the Spill Zone illegally, takes pictures, and sells them. She follows seven rules that keep her safe from the monsters in the zone that were created by the accident. An art dealer who she sells her pictures to offers a million dollars to Addison to do new illegal work in the spill zone. To fulfill the job, she goes inside and breaks the rules that have kept her alive.
I enjoyed this graphic novel. It is a blend of sci-fi and mystery, and has excellent storytelling and artwork.

ArapahoeBethM Dec 27, 2017

Great character development with Addison, a teenage girl with too much responsibility and plenty of courage and attitude. I like the story line and can see where it's going, looking forward to the next book to see what happens next and to discover what happened to everyone in the town when "The Spill" happened.

Sep 17, 2017

It was weird but I liked it so much. Defiantly can not wait till the next one.

Aug 21, 2017

The spill zone was once her home town. Now its an off limits zone because of "the accident". Odd things happen in the spill zone, but what really caused them? An interesting blend of sci-fi and light horror. This one is mostly world building and character creation, but still has plenty of intrigue.

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May 07, 2019

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Jul 13, 2017

A young woman supports herself and her little sister by photographing the weird remnants of a town devastated by a mysterious accident. The graphics and text together contribute perfectly to this mystery/horror/thriller mashup.


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