Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Spill Zone: The Broken Vow by Scott Westerfeld & Alex Puvilland-- Are all dolls really Chuckie???

Today is my tour stop for the Spill Zone: The Broken Vow Blog Tour!!  I was super excited to read this series & I am SOOOO glad that I waited to read them both together-- who could wait for book 2 after that ending??????

The first book has a new paperback cover-- which looks like THIS:

Spill Zone

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: The Broken Vow

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.

I don't read a lot of graphic novels, so I don't know if my reviews are going to be able to tell you how these compare to other series-- but I can tell you that my 10-year-old son reads TONS of graphic novels and he loved these books.  He read them both in one sitting, taking only an hour to finish both of them!!

My take was pretty similar.  I got HOOKED on the story and the intense NEED to know what this spill actually is. why the kids there during the spill don't talk, and what the heck is up with the creepy doll????

In the first book we're introduced to Addison-- a girl who makes a living illegally photographing the Spill Zone.  While she's riding her motorcycle snapping away, we get to see all kinds of weirdness: zombies that just kind of hang there, creatures that I don't really know what they do, and  regular animals that are no longer regular.

I was slightly worried that the 2nd book wouldn't be able to answer all my questions-- because I had SO MANY after the first book-- but I was happy with the way it turned out.  I don't know if there will be more books (I hope so!!), but it could probably end right here and there aren't major loose ends.

The Broken Vow has more creepiness and suspense than the first book-- I did not know if people would be okay and in the first book I wasn't as worried.  I was so happy that Vespertine (the creepy-ass doll) was back because I need that next-level scariness in my life.  Dolls to me are all Chuckie.

Something I didn't talk about yet is the artwork: I love how it goes from SO COLORFUL to so dark.  The dramatic change of colors works for the story.  I also kind of loved the messiness of it??  I loved the blurred backgrounds and jagged lines.

Like I said before, I don't read a lot of graphic novels, but I'm so glad I read this series.  I loved the mystery and the girl-Chuckie doll and even the freaking zombies that aren't really zombies-- LOVED!!!

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