*FTC Disclosure: Along with an invitation to participate in this awesome blog tour, I was sent both books for free. This in no way affects my review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Artist: Alex Puvilland
Publisher: First Second
Published: July 10th, 2018
Format: Graphic Novel
Pages: 240 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-fi, Supernatural
In the first volume of the duology, we met Addison Merrick, an explorer dedicated to uncovering the secrets of the Spill Zone. Addison lost her parents the night it appeared and her sister miraculously survived but was rendered mute by the incident. Through Puvilland's colorful and imaginative artwork and Westerfeld's storytelling, the reader is thrust into a weird and creepy world where anything is possible, people float zombie-like in the air, dolls can talk and pictures are worth more than we think. With so many questions and mysteries unanswered, I was more than excited to dive into The Broken Vow and finally learn the truth about the Spill Zone.
I'll admit the art style isn't for everyone, but the vibrant colors really bring the story to life and add character to the mysteries behind the Zone. I was really happy that we got more of Lexa and Vespertine this time around because they were the characters that intrigued me the most in the first book. Vespertine as a doll is very creepy but her and Lexa's relationship? I'm all over that. Plus, there were some very interesting twists and surprises that I didn't see coming at all.
Overall, I really enjoyed The Broken Vow, probably more than it's predecessor because I loved finally getting some answers. However, there's still so much more I want from this series. I feel like there's a lot about Don Jae and the Zone in North Korea that we still don't know. And that ending!! What does it mean? I hope there's more of Lexa and Vespertine in the future somehow.
With a fearless heroine like Addison and her main goal in life to protect her sister, it's hard not to root for the both of them and Don Jae as they go up against the Zone. This is a book to be devoured. It's full of action, secrets and so much weirdness.
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