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Spill Zone

(Spill Zone #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  5,112 ratings  ·  1,155 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by First Second
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Becky B There are some vague similarities in that there's an area with weird occurrences and an unexplained event that caused those. In execution this has a v…moreThere are some vague similarities in that there's an area with weird occurrences and an unexplained event that caused those. In execution this has a very different feel, and a lot of unique attributes so it comes down to maybe they got the same writing prompt of "weird area with supernatural events inside" but that's it. So yes, it sounds like it. No, it most definitely isn't a ripoff.(less)

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Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Everything I like in a graphic novel. Good, character-focused story. Good dialogue. A world that feels real, and an interesting premise with a hint of the fantastic in it.

Really looking forward to the second one....
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I loved this one! It was different for me. I got it from the library but the physical copy is on my Amazon wishlist now 😄

Mel ❤️
3.75ish stars.

This is a fun, well-written, well-drawn graphic novel that deserved more recognition than it's gotten so far. Westerfeld is the popular author of the Uglies and Leviathan series so it's surprising that this title seems to have fallen between the cracks.

A mysterious "event" has turned Poughkeepsie (isn't that just the best city name?), NY into a deserted creep zone full of supernatural phenomena, including the zombified forms of its former residents. Addison, our heroine, is a BA
Tina Haigler
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
That was really good! The plot was interesting. I had enough information to enjoy the story. The writing was good. I was invested and interested in the characters. The art was amazing and imaginative! I really loved the colors used in the spill zone. I read this in one sitting, front to back and now I'm bummed I don't have Vol 2 already. Well done all around. I would highly recommend this to anyone who likes fantasy, sci-fi, and post apocalyptic fiction. ...more
Brigid ✩
HOLY CRAP. Why isn't there more buzz about this yet?! This sounds SO. COOL.

I found Scott Westerfeld's most recent book, Afterworlds, 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 The Spill Zone for seven years. Whoa.

Whatever happened, the Spill Zone isn't a place you want to go anymore. Staring at the lights in the storm drains gives you nightmares, and once you've seen mealy worms take down a deer, you won't ev
Sarah Churchill

It's going to be a very long wait for the next one!
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Spill Zone follows a teen who's forced to enter the "Spill Zone" to take photos of an area that has been destroyed by a radiation spill, so that she can sell her photos for the money required to raise her younger sister on her own.

I don't know exactly how I feel about this graphic novel. On the one hand, I want to know more about what happened, and what all of these things and people in the Spill Zone are. I feel lost and like I was dumped right into the action with no explanation, which I enjoy
♥ WishfulMiss ♥
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really liked this one, it was a bit vague with details but gave just enough to hook me. Hopefully the second one will be available soon at my library :) Can't wait to find out Lexa's story, if Wiley and Addison will be a "thing" and what all is up with Verpertine and her betrothed?

This was a pretty safe read. Did have some cussing and violence. The gore was not overly grotesque or descriptive (which is a plus for me, tbh).
I don't know if I'm quite 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
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this despite the subpar art. Addison lives just outside Poughkeepsie which has been abandoned after an unexplained event happened there. She takes care of her little sister by illegally taking pictures inside the Spill Zone and selling them as art. Inside the Spill Zone the laws of physics might not apply and mutated animals roam the streets. We find out a similar event happened inside North Korea and she is hired to bring something out of the Spill Zone. And to make matters wor ...more
Apr 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, comics
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 ...more
kayla ♡
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
3.5/4.0 STARS

I thought this graphic novel was really interesting. I loved the creepiness of the illustrations/plot. The only reason I'm not giving it 4 stars is because it ended in a weird way. I know there's more books in the series (which I'm going to read) but I still found where they left off to be confusing. It left me wanting more which is probably what they meant but I was at least hoping for sometime of hint about what the Spill Zone really is.

Regardless, I thought it was a good graphic
Krista Regester
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Haunting art, and I'm excited for the sequel. ...more
3.8 don't step on that stars

Three years ago in the town of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., there was a Spill and almost everyone was eaten up by ... something, what was it? What really happened? Nobody knows. The town was closed, the military guards it, and there are strange things out there, lights that float, birds and animals that act strangely, floating corpses, and things that could still consume you. Addison's parents perished that night, but her younger sister, Lexa, is one of the survivors, although
All Things Urban Fantasy
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-by-kate
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

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
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Jaime Arkin
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am going to admit that I am a newbie to the graphic novel world… I’ve read a couple and want to read more, so when the opportunity to read Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld arose I jumped at the chance!

Before I mention the story, I have to talk about the art… It’s just incredible you guys and Alex Puvilland did an amazing job conveying all the creepiness and suspense in every frame!

The story itself is so creepily fantastic that I can’t wait for more. There’s been a spill of some sort, no one kn
Liza Wiemer
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a graphic novel!

There is a DOLL! A creepy, goose-bump making, chilling doll!!!! Plus a kick-ass awesome girl, who rides a motorcycle! Yesssss!

I was hooked from page one. Scott Westerfeld has a perfect blend of intrigue and creepy. This is a story that you won't be able to forget. I can't wait to see what happens next and find out more about the terrifying place that's THE SPILL ZONE!
First Second Books
May 02, 2017 marked it as first-second-publications
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! ...more
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I. Love. This. Book. (This doesn't have to count as an official post). This is probably my favorite comic book since either Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Big Nate. This has so many interesting aspects and a really cool concept. It's a dark book, with some creepy images, so don't read it right before you go to sleep, or you'll find a Meat Puppet staring at you from the foot of your bed. I would totally recommend this book to anyone who likes horrors. ...more
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fast paced, creepy and suspenseful, Spill Zone is the first graphic novel in the series, and will leave you with more questions than answers.

The heroine, Addison is an artist who sells her photographs of the disaster area known as the spill zone. The story was based in part, on a terrible incident that happened in central Brazil. Westerfeld explains that thieves broke into a closed-up hospital and took a radiotherapy unit to sell for scrap metal. The young daughter of the junkyard owner was fasc
Faith M ✨
Wow. That was crazy cool.

I don't even really know what to say. It feels like the pilot episode to a really cool new TV show, and I just can't wait to see more. I love the story telling, and the suspense was intense. The art wasn't really my favorite, but I did like it. I'm extremely intrigued.
Oh Scott, do you ever disappoint me?

This was a blast, can't wait for the next one!
Apr 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Mon avis en Français

My English review

I did not know about this comics but the synopsis immediately intrigued me. When I received it I must say that I was really surprised, the book-object is really beautiful. This volume has a beautiful cover and brilliant pages, everything is very beautiful! And what about the talent of the illustrator? Everything makes you want to read it!

The Spill Zone is very well known in the region but nobody has access to it. An event occurred and the whole city chan
Michelle Morrell
I crazy enjoyed this one, the story of two girls living inside the quaranteed area around a "spill zone," ... a technicolor nightmare, alternate dimension bleed-through that decimated a city. A dreamscape where one wrong step can literally kill you and the animals might just be moaning your name.

One girl tries to raise her orphaned sister while sneaking in to take pictures she sells on the black market, only to be picked for something even more dangerous.

I read this on my computer while waitin
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Scott Westerfeld is a favorite author – an old favorite at this point. I read his YA just after I started blogging (so many years ago omg)! He remains a favorite partly because many of his stories are about girls doing things. The other part is that he writes reliably engaging science fiction (his Leviathan books are so my jam it isn’t even funny). When I found out that he had a graphic novel coming out (with Alex Puvilland illustrating), I couldn’t add it to the to-read list fast enough. Spill ...more
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOW this book blew me away! I already had high expectations because I am a huge Scott Westerfeld fan, and my expectations are far and beyond met! The art and concept of this are absolutely phenomenal! In the Spill Zone, things are warped beyond comprehensible belief. Creatures that shouldn't exist, strange physical phenomena like a "flat" zone or displacement of space in buildings, and people floating in the abyss neither dead nor alive. It's a hard to explain concept, but I think the artist doe ...more
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
An otherworldly Annihilation-style mystery zone has appeared in Poughkeepsie, NY. "Mutated" doesn't begin to describe what has happened to the animals there. Objects fly about in weird patterns, people float catatonic in the air with light emanating from their faces, and physics inside the Spill Zone tend to be suggestions rather than laws.

An orphaned photographer supports herself and her damaged sister by sneaking into the Spill Zone and selling her photographs to wealthy collectors.

Love how t
For a YA or older audience, Spill Zone is...trippy!

The colors in the Spill are out of control. Really creepy and beautiful neon pastels (if that makes sense).

The involvement of the North Koreans is so interesting & I hope they'll be able to explain more about the Spill and how it happened.
+ I totally thought Vespertine was a Chucky-like doll ready to murder them all, but by the end of the book, I wasn't so sure.

Looking forward to vol. 2!
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Scott Westerfeld is a New York Times bestselling author of YA. He is best known for the Uglies and Leviathan series. His current series, IMPOSTORS, returns to the world of Uglies.

The next book in that series, MIRROR'S EDGE, comes out April 6, 2021.

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