Series: The Spill Zone #1
Published by First Second on May 2, 2017
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Graphic Novel, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Sexual Content: N/A
Reviewed by: Kate
Nobody's ever really explained the Spill. Was it an angelic visitation? A nanotech accident? A porthole opening from another world? Whatever it was, no one's allowed in the Spill Zone these days except government scientists and hazmat teams. But a few intrepid explorers know how to sneak through the patrols and steer clear of the dangers inside the Zone. Addison Merrick is one such explorer, dedicated to finding out what happened that night, and to unraveling the events that took her parents and left her little sister mute and disconnected from the world.
SPILL ZONE is creepy. Wonderfully, awesomely creepy. In part because of the creepiness, I think the storyline of SPILL ZONE is a perfect fit for the graphic novel medium, and the images coupled with the story are delightfully scary and not something you want to read right before bedtime!
With a short description, I really wasn't sure what to expect when I cracked open SPILL ZONE. I hadn't read anything else by Westerfeld before reading SPILL ZONE, though I've heard good things about some of his series. The way the story starts out, you're immediately thrown into the drama and mystery of the Spill Zone and Addison's world.
I love Addison's character. She has this code she operates by, and everything she's doing is just to get by in the world with no parents and a little sister to take care of. And because she's trying to take care of her little sister, she's drawn into something she would normally never do, which has very interesting consequences. I liked her grit and ability to operate relatively calmly in the face of craziness. The side characters she interacts with also manage to be relatively fleshed out even though there's not a lot of page space dedicated to them. But the most interesting aspect of the story is the Spill Zone itself. As a reader, I simultaneously wanted more details and less details, because sometimes it was so creepy it was scary.
Well-plotted and very entertaining, SPILL ZONE was a book I couldn't put down! When I finished, I wished I had the next one immediately, because the ending is a bit of a cliffhanger. I can't wait to see where Westerfeld takes the story next!Series Titles:
- Spill Zone
- For more by Scott Westerfeld try the Uglies series.