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Only the very brave or the very desperate dare enter the Spill Zone—Addison Merritt is a little of both. In exchange for a suitcase full of cash, she made one last to the Zone. She survived the encounter, but came back changed. Addison is not alone. In a remote village in North Korea, a young man named Jae was touched by the unholy fire of the Spill Zone. He made it out ali Only the very brave or the very desperate dare enter the Spill Zone—Addison Merritt is a little of both. In exchange for a suitcase full of cash, she made one last to the Zone. She survived the encounter, but came back changed. Addison is not alone. In a remote village in North Korea, a young man named Jae was touched by the unholy fire of the Spill Zone. He made it out alive—alive, but also changed. Now bestowed with uncanny powers, Addison and Jae may be the only ones strong enough to face a new threat that has risen in the Spill Zone. This deadly entity is searching for his runaway bride—and his hunt is bringing him closer and closer to Addison and her little sister.


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Only the very brave or the very desperate dare enter the Spill Zone—Addison Merritt is a little of both. In exchange for a suitcase full of cash, she made one last to the Zone. She survived the encounter, but came back changed. Addison is not alone. In a remote village in North Korea, a young man named Jae was touched by the unholy fire of the Spill Zone. He made it out ali Only the very brave or the very desperate dare enter the Spill Zone—Addison Merritt is a little of both. In exchange for a suitcase full of cash, she made one last to the Zone. She survived the encounter, but came back changed. Addison is not alone. In a remote village in North Korea, a young man named Jae was touched by the unholy fire of the Spill Zone. He made it out alive—alive, but also changed. Now bestowed with uncanny powers, Addison and Jae may be the only ones strong enough to face a new threat that has risen in the Spill Zone. This deadly entity is searching for his runaway bride—and his hunt is bringing him closer and closer to Addison and her little sister.

30 review for The Broken Vow

  1. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    I'm not typically the sort of person who picks up a book the day it comes out, but while running errands yesterday, I stopped by the comic shop to clear out my box after at least a month or so, and found out that Spill Zone #2 was out. (But that they couldn't actually sell it to me yet, because it wasn't released until Wednesday.) And I got pretty excited, because I remember reading the first one and really enjoying it. So today I actually made a special trip to pick this up, and I read both of t I'm not typically the sort of person who picks up a book the day it comes out, but while running errands yesterday, I stopped by the comic shop to clear out my box after at least a month or so, and found out that Spill Zone #2 was out. (But that they couldn't actually sell it to me yet, because it wasn't released until Wednesday.) And I got pretty excited, because I remember reading the first one and really enjoying it. So today I actually made a special trip to pick this up, and I read both of them back to back over lunch. I was kind of surprised that this seems to be the end of the arc. Surprised but pleased, as the story rounds out well. I just I was expecting more of a slow play revealing the mysteries established in the first book, and instead what we got was a action-packed resolution. I'm curious to see if the story will continue. There's obvious a door left open for more, and if they write it, I'll be there to pick it up....

  2. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    Do you like sleep? No, you don’t, if you’re reading Spill Zone. There is literally not one component of this story that is not creepy. The premise, the voice, the art…It’s the most uneasy feeling reading it. Which is why I couldn’t wait for Broken Vow. Book one left us on a huge cliffhanger, desperate for answers. Broken Vow delivered that and more. When you thought the creatures and zombie-like bodies couldn’t get any creepier, they do! Two sisters, one creepy doll, and a boy across the world hol Do you like sleep? No, you don’t, if you’re reading Spill Zone. There is literally not one component of this story that is not creepy. The premise, the voice, the art…It’s the most uneasy feeling reading it. Which is why I couldn’t wait for Broken Vow. Book one left us on a huge cliffhanger, desperate for answers. Broken Vow delivered that and more. When you thought the creatures and zombie-like bodies couldn’t get any creepier, they do! Two sisters, one creepy doll, and a boy across the world hold our attention in this one. What’s the tie between the spill in America and the one in North Korea? More than you can imagine, I promise. There’s not much I can say about the story other than the art is as much a storyteller as the words are. Pay attention to the use of colors and how the panels are laid out to attract your attention. Scott and Alex work well as a creative pair!

  3. 3 out of 5

    Fiona

    The second volume in this series lives up to all the promise of the first, and expands on it to bring us an even better book this time around. The art isn't what I usually like but it's effectively used - drawing the completely other, non-euclidean creatures of the Spill can't be easy but it's fantastically done here. The story itself offers more answers and less drawn-out frustration than this kind of story and it's much appreciated! Free to read online: http://www.thespillzone.com/ - but the phy The second volume in this series lives up to all the promise of the first, and expands on it to bring us an even better book this time around. The art isn't what I usually like but it's effectively used - drawing the completely other, non-euclidean creatures of the Spill can't be easy but it's fantastically done here. The story itself offers more answers and less drawn-out frustration than this kind of story and it's much appreciated! Free to read online: http://www.thespillzone.com/ - but the physical copy really is worth it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stacee

    This was deliciously creepy and had such a good ending. I'm curious to see if there will be more because there definitely could be. **Huge thanks to First Second for providing a finished copy free of charge**

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lola

    What the hell? You know when an author is building up this exciting suspense around a topic or certain aspect of a story, like a location, character, or any other element? And so you read on, really interested and making up your own theories in your mind. But then we the time comes to reveal what has been concealed in the past, it just… doesn’t blow you away. Or maybe it doesn’t even add up. I thought this was supposed to be a young adult story. I even praised how serious it was in the past, and ho What the hell? You know when an author is building up this exciting suspense around a topic or certain aspect of a story, like a location, character, or any other element? And so you read on, really interested and making up your own theories in your mind. But then we the time comes to reveal what has been concealed in the past, it just… doesn’t blow you away. Or maybe it doesn’t even add up. I thought this was supposed to be a young adult story. I even praised how serious it was in the past, and how it made me believe in the direness of the situation. But the revelation is so… juvenile. And dull. Were we really expected to fall off our chairs? Well, I didn’t… It’s a joke. It’s ridiculous. If I, a girl, reacted this way (and I usually don’t mind romance stuff), I wonder how a boy reading this will. He’d probably be like, ‘‘WTH,’’ like I was. The rest is fine. The story is interesting and the characters as well. I especially enjoyed the interactions between Addie and Jae – it was about time they met! The pacing is still fast and we did, fortunately, get answers. It’s just that those answers weren’t worth being excited about. I thought this would be the last volume – a duology – but the ending (aka cliff-hanger) proved otherwise. I’m not yet sure if I’ll be checking out the next book, because I’ve lost my excitement about the otherworldly elements, but it’s not a definitive no either.

  6. 3 out of 5

    Kayla Leitschuh

    This second installment of the Spill Zone series does not disappoint. Full of twists and turns, I couldn't put this book down!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jay G

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... *Thank you to Raincoast Books and FirstSecond for this copy in exchange for my honest review!* After making her final trip into The Spill Zone in exchange for a suitcase full of money, her life is changed when she accidentally touches the spill and gains some unique powers. She meets a boy from North Korea named Jae who had a similar experience after touching the spill in his zone. Addi Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... *Thank you to Raincoast Books and FirstSecond for this copy in exchange for my honest review!* After making her final trip into The Spill Zone in exchange for a suitcase full of money, her life is changed when she accidentally touches the spill and gains some unique powers. She meets a boy from North Korea named Jae who had a similar experience after touching the spill in his zone. Addie's little sister Lexa was also affected by the night the Zone was created. Lexa's possessed doll, Vespertine, is speaking of a creature trying to emerge from the Zone that could potentially be a danger to society. The art is my favourite part of this story! I love the bright colours and feel like they really grasp the readers attention. I definitely enjoyed the first graphic novel better, but I still found this one to have the creepy atmosphere I loved in the first. It's left on a major cliffhanger, but from what I've read, this is the last installment in the series.

  8. 3 out of 5

    Faith

    Expanded on the world, but left just enough for me to desperately want more. I must admit, though, that I liked the atmosphere of the first book more. The very ending of this was pretty cool though.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Stoolfire

    Excellent follow-up to the first volume in this graphic novel series. I love the use of color in this story. Still so much more I want to know.

  10. 3 out of 5

    Michelle Morrell

    Not quite as ambitious or gripping as the first, but still gorgeous art, creepy action, mysterious happenings. A nice round ending (though left open for more).

  11. 4 out of 5

    Emma (Miss Print)

    Three years ago something happened in Poughkeepsie, New York that left the town changed. Inside the Spill Zone nothing is quite right anymore. Dead bodies stand motionless, caught where they fell; strange creatures wander the zone; no one who goes into the zone comes out the same. Addison thought she was done with the zone when she took one last job to retrieve something from inside. Except she got close enough to touch the spill and now she's changed--just like Jae, a mysterious boy from North K Three years ago something happened in Poughkeepsie, New York that left the town changed. Inside the Spill Zone nothing is quite right anymore. Dead bodies stand motionless, caught where they fell; strange creatures wander the zone; no one who goes into the zone comes out the same. Addison thought she was done with the zone when she took one last job to retrieve something from inside. Except she got close enough to touch the spill and now she's changed--just like Jae, a mysterious boy from North Korea's own spill zone. Addison's little sister, Lexa, was changed the night of the spill herself. And now her doll, Vespertine tells them that something worse is trying to get out in Spill Zone: The Broken Vow (2018) by Scott Westerfeld, illustrated by Alex Puvilland with color by Hilary Sycamore. Spill Zone: The Broken Vow is the conclusion to Westerfeld's latest graphic novel duology which began with Spill Zone. You can find a copy at your local library, buy a copy, or you can read the entire comic online with neat blog posts from Scott and Alex talking about their process at thespillzone.com. This concluding volume is even creepier than the first with higher stakes, scarier creatures, and a lot more suspense. While Addison tries to make sense of what happened the last time she went into the spill she also has to figure out how to protect her sister and her town from whatever is trying to get out. The Broken Vow expands the world of the comics as readers learn more about Don Jae and North Korea's own spill. The eerie illustrations and psychedelic colors from the first volume return in this installment and continue to evoke a world gone subtly (and sometimes not-so-subtly) wrong. The use of different speak bubbles for each character also adds another dimension to the story. Spill Zone: The Broken Vow is fast-paced action and nail-biting suspense. A satisfying conclusion to a truly original duology.

  12. 3 out of 5

    Dolly

    I eagerly anticipated this follow-up to the first book. Our oldest daughter loved it and I think my hopes were a bit too high. So I was somewhat disappointed by the conclusion of the story. I'm not sure why, but it just didn't leave me feeling satisfied with how it all turned out. Nevertheless, the storyline was engaging and the illustrations are marvelous, if quite disconcerting in their abstractness. The powerful female protagonist is a highlight of the story and I did appreciate the ending, e I eagerly anticipated this follow-up to the first book. Our oldest daughter loved it and I think my hopes were a bit too high. So I was somewhat disappointed by the conclusion of the story. I'm not sure why, but it just didn't leave me feeling satisfied with how it all turned out. Nevertheless, the storyline was engaging and the illustrations are marvelous, if quite disconcerting in their abstractness. The powerful female protagonist is a highlight of the story and I did appreciate the ending, even if it wasn't as mind-blowing as I'd been told it would be. interesting quote: "For always and always kid." (p. 223)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    Continuing the awesome series debut, the second installment has the action, the oddness, the intrigue, and the next-level artwork that the first one had. And includes the crazy talking doll who takes possession and others get drunk on the power that might lie within the spill zone.

  14. 3 out of 5

    Molly

    The second volume of Spill Zone really doesn't disappoint - the art is still fantastic and there is still a lot to be discovered about the world these characters inhabit.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Devann

    A pretty decent conclusion to the story started in the first volume. I had forgotten a lot of the background info so it took a few pages for me to jumpstart my brain but once I did I found myself getting back into it. This volume finally fills us in on what actually happened on Spill Night and the reasons behind the formation of the zone. I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about the artwork because the general style is very blocky and sketchy but the colors are gorgeous and so are so many of A pretty decent conclusion to the story started in the first volume. I had forgotten a lot of the background info so it took a few pages for me to jumpstart my brain but once I did I found myself getting back into it. This volume finally fills us in on what actually happened on Spill Night and the reasons behind the formation of the zone. I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about the artwork because the general style is very blocky and sketchy but the colors are gorgeous and so are so many of the designs of things inside the zone that it actually ends up working in a weird way.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    I lost interest when the story became this... 'I hate you because you killed blah-dee-blah.' 'I only killed blah-dee-blah because they killed so-and-so.' *** Insert comment from an eavesdropping character. I know, I know. She couldn't help it at this point... 'But I killed all the things so everything is all my fault.' *** 'Marry me so the civil war will end.' 'No! I want to stay with my new BFF!' UGH.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten

    Nooo, that seemed like an ending! I'm not ready for that! I want more!

  18. 5 out of 5

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  19. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This was a great graphic novel. The first, Spill Zone, was weird yet fascinating. Broken View had big shoes to fill and did so wonderfully. With the disproportionate creatures and mysterious. More insight was given to the night of the spill, yet I still want more. I hope this is not the end of Addison and Lexia. I want to read more! Thank you to Net Galley and First Second for access to the digital ARC.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Elisa The-Bookie-Monster

    When I read the first book, I was completely hooked. In the sequel we finally get much needed answers, like who really is Vespertine. I would recommend this for fans of Stranger Things

  21. 4 out of 5

    Grace (gracefulreads)

    SPILL ZONE: THE BROKEN VOW was even more strange and creepy than the first novel. I have very similar feelings about this book to the first, especially about the art. I am not entirely used to graphic novels and find myself missing the fantastic artwork to get to the words faster. I could definitely reread these books and notice much more of the art. I found myself not being able to put this book down and reading each chapter super fast. I actually had to slow myself down when reading this book SPILL ZONE: THE BROKEN VOW was even more strange and creepy than the first novel. I have very similar feelings about this book to the first, especially about the art. I am not entirely used to graphic novels and find myself missing the fantastic artwork to get to the words faster. I could definitely reread these books and notice much more of the art. I found myself not being able to put this book down and reading each chapter super fast. I actually had to slow myself down when reading this book so that it would no be over so quickly. This book picked up quite literally right where the last book left off. Both SPILL ZONE books switch points of view fluidly and without warning, which initially I was skeptical about but got used to and even began to enjoy. I appreciated the character development in this book that was hardly elaborated on in book one. A lot of questions were answered that I was initially unsure could even be explained. Jae, Lexa, and Wiley were all much more present in this sequel, and Addison was hardly ever doing something without any of them. I am a big fan of multiple villains in the story, and they made the story even more terrifying and fast-paced. Overall, THE BROKEN VOW wrapped up the story well, leaving it at an end --- for now. The door is definitely open for more. The duology itself is very easy and quick to read and ultimately full of entertainment value. I recommend SPILL ZONE: THE BROKEN VOW to all who read SPILL ZONE and were even on the fence about continuing with the next book. The second novel elaborated on everything the first did not and so many more interesting facts emerge from this world. The art is just as enthralling, and this installment is just as easy to read as the first. With even more complications and dangers, THE BROKEN VOW is bound to hold your attention the entire time.

  22. 4 out of 5

    All Things Urban Fantasy

    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy. SPILL ZONE, the first half of the Spill Zone duology, blew me away. As a result I had very high expectations for THE BROKEN VOW, and unfortunately, it did not live up to them. I'd also note that THE BROKEN VOW is not at all a standalone, and you'd really need to have read SPILL ZONE to even understand what's going on in the story. First of all - the art. Still amazing. Still creepy. I loved the art in this book so much. It definitely drew me in where th Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy. SPILL ZONE, the first half of the Spill Zone duology, blew me away. As a result I had very high expectations for THE BROKEN VOW, and unfortunately, it did not live up to them. I'd also note that THE BROKEN VOW is not at all a standalone, and you'd really need to have read SPILL ZONE to even understand what's going on in the story. First of all - the art. Still amazing. Still creepy. I loved the art in this book so much. It definitely drew me in where the story was a bit lacking. The art definitely added to my star rating - it is just that good. My main issue is that THE BROKEN VOW is an inferior second half of SPILL ZONE. Where SPILL ZONE was creepy and intriguing, we get to the big reveal in THE BROKEN VOW and all I could think was, that's it? It felt so flat and not well thought out. The author did do a good job of tying up the loose ends in the sense that questions are answered, but I just felt after all the emotion and drama in SPILL ZONE that the ending happened too quickly and was tied up a little too easily. There was a tiny bit of a cliff-hanger (honestly, blink and you'll miss it) which could suggest there will be more in the SPILL ZONE universe - which I'm totally there for. All in all, THE BROKEN VOW is a necessary read after the amazing SPILL ZONE - you'll definitely want to read it for closure to the story. Maybe read back to back, it would feel like a better conclusion, but I read THE BROKEN VOW twice, and I still didn't feel very blown away by the ending. While I loved the art, and was happy to see the resolution of the story, it just didn't hold up next to SPILL ZONE. Sexual content: N/A

  23. 3 out of 5

    Flavia

    I will be entirely honest, I didn’t know where this story was going to go! Regarding the art and style in this graphic novel, you can read my review for the first book here (because the same opinions apply to Spill Zone: The Broken Vow). And, as I mention in said review, I found that the art really made some of the scary parts scarier, but I found the second book to be decidedly less scary. I don’t know if this is because I was desensitized by book one, or because it was simply less scary. Anoth I will be entirely honest, I didn’t know where this story was going to go! Regarding the art and style in this graphic novel, you can read my review for the first book here (because the same opinions apply to Spill Zone: The Broken Vow). And, as I mention in said review, I found that the art really made some of the scary parts scarier, but I found the second book to be decidedly less scary. I don’t know if this is because I was desensitized by book one, or because it was simply less scary. Another thing that I mentioned in my review for the first book was that by the end of Spill Zone some of my questions were answered, but that it then simultaneously left me with other questions! Thankfully, Spill Zone: The Broken Vow answers those later questions as well! Things pick up right where they left off at the end of book one (which I really appreciated), and I like how the story progressed. And now that I have read the second book in the series, there’s really no other way that I could have imagined the story going! The characters also developed along with the story, and all of these developments were not predictable for me at all. I really enjoyed being kept in the dark until each piece of information was revealed! As with the first book in the series, I recommend this sequel (and the series as a whole) to those who enjoy a good science fiction horror mystery!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Bookish

    Spill Zone was one of my favorite reads of 2017, and I’ve been eagerly awaiting its sequel for months. Broken Vow picks up where the first book left off and doesn’t waste a moment before throwing the reader right into the middle of the action. This installment answers some of the big questions from book one (What caused the mysterious toxic spill in Poughkeepsie, NY? Who is Vespertine? What does Don Jae, a survivor of a similar spill in North Korea, want with Addison?), but still leaves the door Spill Zone was one of my favorite reads of 2017, and I’ve been eagerly awaiting its sequel for months. Broken Vow picks up where the first book left off and doesn’t waste a moment before throwing the reader right into the middle of the action. This installment answers some of the big questions from book one (What caused the mysterious toxic spill in Poughkeepsie, NY? Who is Vespertine? What does Don Jae, a survivor of a similar spill in North Korea, want with Addison?), but still leaves the door open for more adventures in this universe. I went to college in Poughkeepsie, directly across the street from the creepy abandoned hospital at the center of this series, and I love this unearthly reimagining of the city. This second book is just as gripping at the first, and I’d recommend it to any reader looking for a fun and weird story. The only thing better than the reading experience? Getting to chat with Westerfeld after for an interview about the series. —Kelly (excerpted from Bookish's Staff Reads)

  25. 3 out of 5

    Keith Chawgo

    This graphic novel is an interesting young adult story that is able to cross audiences to include an adult audience who should be able to be complete immerse in this world. This is the second in the series and unfortunately, I have not read the first in the series which I will soon remedy. The story tells the story around a young cast in the near future. With an involving premise and a dark twisted sense and intrigue that pushes the story forward. Having not read the first in the series, it didn This graphic novel is an interesting young adult story that is able to cross audiences to include an adult audience who should be able to be complete immerse in this world. This is the second in the series and unfortunately, I have not read the first in the series which I will soon remedy. The story tells the story around a young cast in the near future. With an involving premise and a dark twisted sense and intrigue that pushes the story forward. Having not read the first in the series, it didn’t take me long to be able to pick up the thread. The story does have some strange twists dealing with demonic dolls and such but with the added graphics, the reader is able to be thrusted in this world with an abandoned enjoyment. The text does have some loose threads which I am assuming there will be another instalment at some point but Westerfeld’s vision does have some closure. If you are a graphic novel fan or like an interesting dark tale, this should be able to award you to no end. With intriguing storylines, a science fiction thread that runs throughout and well developed characters, this should make a fan of the series. I would suggest reading the first book in the series, which I have now ordered to give the story more depth but it can work as a stand alone.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    The colours in this book are spectacular! The story is dark and creepy but somehow the vibrant colours work. I love how this story wrapped up and didn't completely close the door on a continuation. Even if I don't get a sequel I'm quite pleased with how this concluded.

  27. 3 out of 5

    Amy

    still beautifully drawn but a bit of a letdown from the previous edition where everything felt more WTF!? some sci-fi/gov't response tropes felt contrived. Even so, it had an appropriately creepy ending.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Chelsey

    Really good conclusion(?) to book 1. Creepy and suspenseful without being over-the-top, with art that perfectly mirrors the text.

  29. 3 out of 5

    Cara

    Great follow-up to the first one. We learn so much more about how the zone came to be.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Renata

    Love the art but didn't find the story quite as compelling as Vol 1. Still, a good series for teens into spooky weird shit.

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