Book Review: Spill Zone

Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld and Alex Puvilland takes place in Poughkeepsie, NY 3 years after the mysterious spill. The main character Addison illegally goes into the zone and takes pictures of the aftermath and sells them in order to survive. She acts as a parent to her sister Lexa that has been mute since the night of the spill. Lexa has a doll named Vespertine that she talks to and the doll needs to recharge in the zone. Addison is offered $1 million to get an object out of the hospital, but she’s hesitant about going in there because she fears seeing her parents.
While reading this book the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” comes to mind because the graphics are beautiful. There is a big supernatural element to this story (a psychic connection to a doll, meatpuppets, other mysterious creatures in the zone, etc.) and this is truly shown through the drawings. I don’t think this story would be as good if it didn’t have the graphics.

This book would be a great addition to a secondary ELA classroom library. We should have a mixture of regular novels and graphic novels. I love that this book is a science fiction graphic novel and the pictures are incredible. There are two books so far (Spill Zone and Spill Zone Two) and I can't wait to see how the series continues.

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