Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld

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...

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Number of Pages:224 pages

Spill Zone Reviews

  • Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*

    HOLY CRAP. Why isn't there more buzz about this yet?! This sounds SO. COOL.

    I found Scott Westerfeld's most recent book,

    , pretty disappointing––I had a feeling it was some kind of side project, and I guess it was because apparently he's been working on

    for seven years. Whoa.

    HOLY CRAP. Why isn't there more buzz about this yet?! This sounds SO. COOL.

    I found Scott Westerfeld's most recent book,

    , pretty disappointing––I had a feeling it was some kind of side project, and I guess it was because apparently he's been working on

    for seven years. Whoa.

    (

    )

    *falls over*

    I need this book right now.

  • Sesana

    A very interesting start to a new series. I've read one or two things by Westerfeld before, but I think this is the first series of his that I've felt compelled to read whatever is coming next. This particular volume is largely world building, which is fair. There's quite a bit to establish, even when so much about this world is uncertain even to those who live in it. The exact nature of the disaster that has turned Addison's hometown into a Chernobyl-esque inclusion zone is mysterious, though o

    A very interesting start to a new series. I've read one or two things by Westerfeld before, but I think this is the first series of his that I've felt compelled to read whatever is coming next. This particular volume is largely world building, which is fair. There's quite a bit to establish, even when so much about this world is uncertain even to those who live in it. The exact nature of the disaster that has turned Addison's hometown into a Chernobyl-esque inclusion zone is mysterious, though obviously magical. Addison spends her evenings sneaking into her old town and taking pictures of the strange things going on there, pictures she sells to support herself and her now-mute sister. The coolest part is, of course, those looks into the Spill Zone. The art style is very distinct from the style outside the Zoned, and the weird stuff is appropriately eerie. There's obviously a lot going on that's just barely touched on in this first volume, but I'm really excited to read more. I want to know what's going on in the Zone, what exactly the rag doll Vespertine really is, and what's going on with the North Korean boy who survived a similar Spill in his home country.

  • Sarah Churchill

    LOOOOOVE.

    It's going to be a very long wait for the next one!

  • All Things Urban Fantasy

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    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, thoug

    Review courtesy of

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    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!

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  • First Second Books

    When an other-worldly event destroys the small city of Poughkeepsie and kills Addison's parents, she has to find a way to take care of her mute little sister, Lexa, and herself. In order to make money, she travels into the Spill Zone to take pictures of its bizarre and dangerous entities. Make sure to pick up a copy to join Addison in exploring the Spill Zone...and hope to return alive!

  • Krista Regester

    Haunting art, and I'm excited for the sequel.

  • Misty

    3.75

    I don't know if I'm

    as enthusiastic about this one as so many other people seem to be, but I definitely did enjoy it, and will read more in the series. Though I find the art well-suited to the storyline, it's a little too messy for my tastes (though I got used to it, and do think it was the right choice, plot-wise), and in the beginning, I found the actual story telling (the literal words, not the plot) to be strangely stilted or slightly characterless for something that was trying to

    3.75

    I don't know if I'm

    as enthusiastic about this one as so many other people seem to be, but I definitely did enjoy it, and will read more in the series. Though I find the art well-suited to the storyline, it's a little too messy for my tastes (though I got used to it, and do think it was the right choice, plot-wise), and in the beginning, I found the actual story telling (the literal words, not the plot) to be strangely stilted or slightly characterless for something that was trying to be very character-ful. But that, too, either changed or I got used to it, because as the story went on, I liked it more.

    It's weird, there's no denying that, and there's no real resolution (just a lotttttt of questions) at the end, so if either of those descriptions are not your thing, maybe skip it. But it's interesting and is laying the groundwork for what I *think* will be a pretty interesting story, so I'm curious to see where it goes.

  • Skip

    People are not allowed in the mysterious Poughkeepsie Spill Zone since the night of the Spill. Teenager Addison Merrick was out of town and returned to find her parents missing, and presumably dead, a mute younger sister. Finding herself the new head of household, Addison supports the two of them by periodically sneaking into the Spill Zone and taking photos of the weirdness there to sell to collectors. The Spill Zone waffles between mysterious and frustrating as we never learn what precipitated

    People are not allowed in the mysterious Poughkeepsie Spill Zone since the night of the Spill. Teenager Addison Merrick was out of town and returned to find her parents missing, and presumably dead, a mute younger sister. Finding herself the new head of household, Addison supports the two of them by periodically sneaking into the Spill Zone and taking photos of the weirdness there to sell to collectors. The Spill Zone waffles between mysterious and frustrating as we never learn what precipitated the Spill, including the mutations there. And what's the story with that weird doll?


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