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Book Review: Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld and Alex Puvilland

51zXxrQpDUL._SX355_BO1,204,203,200_From the publisher:
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.

What I thought:
This graphic novel is both griping and gritty. Addison is incredibly well drawn (ha – get it?) I shouldn’t be surprised, though, since Westerfeld has a knack for writing well realized teen girls. He could teach some other authors some things… But I digress. I find it fascinating to read an author who is so good at writing novels and see him do so well with the graphic novel format. It must be difficult, to boil it down to just the basics and let the pictures tell some of the stories. This is an engaging and well told tale of a mini apocalypse. I highly recommend it to anyone serving a teen audience.

Meet The Authors
Scott Westerfeld is the author of the worldwide bestselling Uglies series and the Locus Award–winning Leviathan series, and is co-author of the Zeroes trilogy. His other novels include the New York Times bestseller AfterworldsThe Last Days, Peeps, So Yesterday, and the Midnighters trilogy.

Alex.Puvilland2Alex Puvilland was born in France where he grew up reading his father’s comic books. He now lives in Los Angeles with his ridiculously talented wife and two extraordinary children, Leo and Adrien. He works for Dreamworks Animation, and does comics whenever he has a moment. Alex co-illustrated Prince of Persia and Templar.


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